[Review] Star – Boyfriend

Starship Entertainment has finally opened their dungeon doors and allowed Boyfriend to see the light of day. Boyfriend, after a 2-year Korean hiatus, has finally made their long awaited comeback with Star. We last saw them in 2015 with the release of Bounce. And while they have been busy in Japan, they were absent from the Korean stage for those two years.

It seems that moving from the cutesy sound their debut with to the masculine and tough energy they grew into was not enough for Boyfriend. Star is a much more mature and emotional sound, something that they haven’t really done before. And while it is a decent song to listen to, it just doesn’t have much going on in it. It is great to listen to from time to time or if it randomly pops up on my playlist but it doesn’t have me going back for more. There were parts that felt very dry and bland. Their vocals do attempt to bring some colour to the plain instrumental but it isn’t enough. The chorus was decent, with a drop that delivers with a little momentum but it wasn’t catchy enough for me. Minwoo’s sing-rap was probably the biggest letdown in the entire track but Kwangmin’s strong and fast output was probably the highlight of the entire track. Overall, the song isn’t the brightest star out there at the moment, but it still does provide some light.

The music video for Star reminded me of NU’EST’s music videos. The artistic approach to the video made it a video that I wanted to go back to. The aesthetics were amazing. That zoomed in water droplet and some of the sets looked quite cool. The cinematography was also commendable. The only thing that managed to irk me was the extremely slow ‘flying in the air’ scenes after Minwoo was hit by the car. That was painfully slow to watch, especially after more of the normal speed stuff like the choreography that was inserted between the slow scenes. It didn’t make a terrible impact on the video but it was something that I felt while watching the video. Overall, it was still a great video.

I have yet to see the full performance so I will update a little more once I can find one. But what I saw in the video suited the song quite nicely. It could have been better if it managed to be a little more impactful if you know what I mean. As I said, I have yet to see the full performance to be sure, but that is what I got from the video.

Song – 6/10
Music Video – 8/10
Performance – 7/10
Overall Rating – 7/10

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