GD&TOP Baby Goodnight Review

2/01/2011 10:18:00 AM


*takes a few deep breaths to keep from spazzing at 6:22 in the morning* Once again GD & TOP have gone beyond my expectations. How can they manage to be so... sexy without even doing anything?

Visuals: The cameras have a field day with blurs and close up shots. Seriously. There's one every few seconds. It's a screen capture gold mine for icons. Thanks to the magic of Sony Vegas effects, the overall filter paints everything a soft sepia yellow and blacks are replaced with greens and blues, still maintaining the reds of the candles, roses, and pomegranates while lowering their intense vibrancy. Despite the rain and thunder outside, GD & TOP's apartment/house make everything warm and inviting. Lens blur effects add to the overall ethereal feel, and thankfully is rather subtle. One almost doesn't notice such tiny attention to detail which without them could have made the video by itself feel as bland as oat bran on a subconscious level.

Transitions are all cross fade, fitting the tone of the slow, jazzy pace of the song. There is a switch of transitions used by the 1:35 mark which become straight frame by frame just in time for the middle 8/bridge which is when the pace begins to pick up as far as G Dragon's vocals reaching into his higher register until his second falsetto of the song mid phrase (cotton candy to my ears). It switches back to fade to transition TOP back in for scenes with on-screen love interest (via split screen). By the time TOP raps, the transitions become white flash and the filters are removed for pink and blue lighting that's subtle yet goes perfectly with TOP's silver hair in making one side pink and the other blue. Of course the filters aren't away for long as everything flashes back to the original color scheme. The video ends playing with "lightning" effects as GD & TOP sit at their couch and chair respectively just looking stretching and looking sleepy-yet still cool and blinks to black with the final second.

Fashion: ... GD... G-Dragon... Kwon Jiyong... please, please, please stick with that hair. Aside from that, I loved that red jacket. High school uniform is FTW. TOP would make a hot professor. I don't quite know what to make of GD's leopard print jacket, and the pants with the hotel cheap hotel curtain pattern (and TOP's robe. But that's because i want those boys topless... Don't judge me! You want them topless too.) but I will say it's all a step up from the...

*cue apocalyptic music* *screams like a boy who's screaming like a little girl*

Music as it relates to the video/story: Who cares! I just want to see a topless GD! Ahem. On a serious note, the music video illustrates the attempted seduction of the on-screen love interests which ends in failure due to GD&TOP's infatuation with said women. If I may be a bit crass and direct: they're whipped before they can get it. The girls are so high on a pedestal of innocence, beauty, and being cherubic that they simply can't give in to their temptations (symbolized by the snake; symbolized by the robe TOP wears which are in a tied rope pattern). The girls (at least one of them as shown) gets up when she discovers TOP is not in bed and is like 'What? Huh? Why'd you go?' as TOP & GD leave their girls to sleep peacefully.

Final Verdict:

Visuals: ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ / ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
Fashion: ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ / ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
Music Relation to video: ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ / ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
Overall: ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ / ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

This is fangirl fanfiction fuel and a photoshopper's/cimenatographer's wet dream come true. The only thing I can think of that may top this is Jibe Gajima if YG doesn't cancel it for Big Bang's comeback despite the fact that the "comeback" is in the form of a concert that will be shown in theaters (doesn't mean they won't perform on Inki, etc.).



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