Starshine’s Setlist: My Copycat/The Gangnam Avenue – Orange Caramel

Ah, it’s good to be back reviewing music again. The brief hiatus of this column has allowed for a lot of great singles to come and go, but now it’s time to strike back with a vengeance. And boy, do we have a doozy. Going into Oliveblair’s territory this week we are looking at one of Korea’s fastest rising stars this year in a double A-side single. But do both of these songs live up to the expectations of their fans?

Let’s take a look at My Copycat and The Gangnam Avenue by Orange Caramel.

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This is a special two-for-one review, let’s start with the A-single, My Copycat.

Here’s the video with English subs (just click CC!):

The song itself doesn’t seem to have much to do with the title until the chorus when they ask the listeners to mimic their actions. Essentially its about a boy whose actions would indicate that he loves the singers, though he won’t confess it first. The lyrics are cute and little cheeky, with the singers firmly on top of the game, wrapping the boy around their fingers to try and get him to act first, but not in a malicious way. Some of the lines are a big generic, though that’s to be expected for a song that’s more style and substance.

The video itself is create with an activity book theme, asking viewers to find the differences between two side by side images of the girls singing or dancing, to various comedic effect, or asking them to find the group members in a large crowd a la “Where’s Waldo?” The video is incredibly well done, with lots of fun little details and a very quality look. Since this is a joke video, I get that some of the costumes are meant to be a bit off, but I didn’t love the oversized tee-shirt with a lingerie-clad body or the Where’s Waldo look.

No one can pull off this look except for elderly women from Florida.

No one can pull off this look except for elderly women from Florida.

Korea is finally getting in on the saxophone beat craze, and not putting it to lyrics that make you embarrassed for all of humanity. The instrumental really gives this song a unique feel and it’s almost impossible to get out of your head when you hear it a few times, but it does put you in a better mood. The vocals on this song are tight, with good harmonies and even when they blend together, the result is distinctive enough to be able to distinguish between voices.

A fact that helps if their managers are trying to find them in this crowd.

A fact that helps if their managers are trying to find them in this crowd.

My Copycat is my favorite song from Orange Caramel since Catallenawhich is really saying something. With some better costuming and less generic lyrics this easily could have been a 5, but as it stands, it’s an excellent song and you should give it a listen when you have the chance.

Pros:

– Great video.

– Great song.

– Great vocals.

Cons:

– Some of the costumes are a little odd.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Next, let’s cover the B-single, The Gangnam Avenue.

Here’s the video with English subs (just click CC!):

The lyrics here are a little more specific. The singers meet up with their boyfriend, who needs to talk, and surprise surprise, he dumps her. She’s heartbroken but like most women after they spend the day weeping, put on their hottest outfits and walk around in the swankiest and fun part of town, which is, in this case, Gangnam. She’s still heartbroken but she’s out to get over the man, so at least give it her best shot.

Strutting their stuff with giant pink hair bow and all.

Strutting their stuff with giant pink hair bow and all.

The video diverges from the song pretty significantly from the song, at least once they hit the streets of Gangnam. First, they start off as street cleaners before changing into their best outfits at midnight. It’s during one of these late night escapades that one of singers, Nana, catches the attention of a man, a prince charming so to speak (though, again, as a gag video, he’s not particularly handsome). From there, he finds a shoe she leaves behind, and finds her cleaning the street with her other two friends. I don’t mind the Cinderella theme, but I wish it tied back better. While I have no problem with the outfits in this one, I will say the video feels cheaper, like it’s all done in front of a green screen and that it was all very rushed to get done. That’s never a good sign for your second A-side single.

Did they literally just copy-paste logos in the background?

Did they literally just copy-paste logos in the background?

The worst aspect of this song is the song itself. The beat in the background is so generic and boring. It doesn’t work as a power anthem because there’s no actual power behind it, just a generic beat you could probably find on a keyboard nowadays. The transition between verse and chorus isn’t particularly smooth either, which makes the whole thing sound disjointed. The vocals are fine, but there’s not really much to them honestly since they get drowned out by the awful instrumental.

Overall, The Gangnam Avenue is a very typical B-side single, which is to say that’s nowhere near as good as its A-side. The beat and instrumentals are generic and uninspired, saved only by the video and the lyrics, though neither of those are stellar aspects either. It’s not as fun or as high quality as their other video which makes me wonder if it was a last minute decision. Still, the single if worth buying if only for My Copycat. 

Pros:

– Good lyrics.

– Standard video.

Cons:

– Generic sounding beat.

– Poor song overall.

Rating: 3/5

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As just a regular, hard-working work, often-stressing, procrastination-mastering history and journalism student, I often turn to the silver and small screens for relief, even though I'm only an average cinema-and-television loving viewer, commenting on what, and does not, makes good entertainment. I love horror everything - book, TV shows, games, movies - even though they frighten me terribly. I'm a long time believer of the old saying "When life gives you lemons, don't take life's lemons! Give the lemons back!" So, onward I go, returning lemons and logging an unhealthy amount of screen time for your enjoyment. So please be sure to read my stuff and let me know what you think, I'm alway looking to improve and be the best, most cynical critic I can be!

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Starshine5050

As just a regular, hard-working work, often-stressing, procrastination-mastering history and journalism student, I often turn to the silver and small screens for relief, even though I'm only an average cinema-and-television loving viewer, commenting on what, and does not, makes good entertainment. I love horror everything - book, TV shows, games, movies - even though they frighten me terribly. I'm a long time believer of the old saying "When life gives you lemons, don't take life's lemons! Give the lemons back!" So, onward I go, returning lemons and logging an unhealthy amount of screen time for your enjoyment. So please be sure to read my stuff and let me know what you think, I'm alway looking to improve and be the best, most cynical critic I can be!

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