Guys, we knew this day would finally come someday, I just didn’t think it would be happening so soon. I held out for as long as I could but I don’t have any other options.
I’m covering a boy band. Since I started this vertical, it’s been all girl groups and female solo stars because I generally like them better and find them more dynamic than their male counterparts. Boy bands just strive to be sexy while girls tend to come with more variety. Why am I trying something new now? Cause all the girl groups are doing Christmas songs and these guys actually have a song that’s popular this holiday without the sap and cheer.
Let’s give a listen to Voodoo Doll by VIXX.
Here’s the video with an English translation here:
VIXX is a relatively new band, popping up in 2012, with this being their seventh single. While I haven’t heard the rest of their discography, this single seems to have made quite a splash with fans. This six-man group is also under a label I’ve never heard of called Jellyfish Entertainment, and their fan club are the Starlights, which is all I could dig about the group.
In terms of lyrics, they are not as cool as the video. Originally I thought the song was going to be about a girl who uses guys and manipulates them like voodoo dolls, doing her bidding while hurting them. But instead, the song is actually about being there for a girl to step on and hurt so that she can get back together with her ex while threatening to beat the guy up for hurting her. It’s a bit of a conundrum — it could be sincere but it could also be a weird “nice guy” sort of song. I’m not sure how it fits with the imagery of being used and manipulated, but it would work best with the “nice guy” interpretation.
I’m actually going to talk about the song now mostly because it’s incredibly forgettable. It’s the typically bass-pounding, soul-wrenching ballad K-Pop boy bands are always known for. I can barely remember the melody and the song leaves no impression. It’s not particularly catchy but its also not ear-piercingly terrible. Again, it’s not that I would never listen to it again but it’s not something I am going to go out of my way to buy.
The video is where this single shines. For starters, the costumes are great. The suits work well in the dance shots and the torn clothing with piercings really work for the shackled and used scenes. It’s dark, it’s a little gory, it’s even twisted, which makes it great for fighting back the Christmas cheer. The dance is so well choreographed, it’s scary. The six work together so well, you can tell they trained very hard. The portions of the dance where they spear each other or themselves with the skull cane is drama and well-timed. It’s really their energy that sells it for me, so kudos on that.
The plot of the video, basically a girl using a voodoo doll to control and manipulate the chained men and making new ones (I think, or they just threw in a whole lot of gore in for shits and giggles). The boys try to grab her and escape but can’t as she’s always in control, which is cool to see since female-control is a rare trope. What really makes it stand out is the cinematography. Great set design, use of colors, creative cages for the boys. It’s a great work of art that accentuates the music, and makes it stand out in a world of boring, drab boy bands singing about love in clean background.
In the end, Voodoo Doll is a good song with a great video, which can only get you so far. It’s worth a couple of watches but for me, the song is not strong enough to stand on its own. I think we can expect big things from this group, but this is a stepping stone, not the peak. If they stick with the dark imagery, I will very gladly become a fan.
– Great video.
– Great dance.
– Great imagery and cinematography.
– Bland lyrics.
– Forgettable song.