Even my grandma has heard of Gangnam Style at this point. I actually liked the song and MV . . . for a little while. It then obviously wore thin. When you can hear a Korean song played on the radio at a small gas station where bikers and other long-bearded hillbillies stop to get beer before they go up into the mountains of Tennessee, then you know you've become over-saturated. So I've been interested to see how Psy would try to match it because I'm sure even he knew he could never again top Gangnam Style, (possibly the most watched video in internet history?).
So here is his new single, "Gentleman."
You will again notice some faces from Gangnam Style, most notably the guy in yellow, who is Korea's most famous and loved MC and comedian Yoo Jae Suk and the "elevator guy" Noh Hong Chul, also a MC and comedian. Now Psy has added a couple more including HaHa at 0:25, a comedian and musician (the man that is almost single-handedly bringing reggae to South Korea). HaHa is part of the variety show "Infinity Challenge" along with Yoo Jae Suk, a couple other members of that show can also be glimpsed here. Basically Psy is packing as much celebrity power into the MV for the Korean audience as he can find.
This is where I come to Gain, the main lady in the MV, and the hip/butt dance that can be seen in the MV. How does one try to match the popularity of the horse dance of Gangnam Style? I guess his answer was to just copy an already famous dance from Kpop, the sexy dance from the amazing 2009 song "Abracadabra" by Brown Eyed Girls, whom Gain is a member. "Abracadabra" is one of the greatest dance songs ever written and the sexiness and charisma of BEG combined with that hip dance became a craze in South Korea. To me, Psy is nothing compared to BEG. BEG is the best all around vocal girl group in Kpop and has Miryo, the best female rapper in all of Korea (although you won't see them really display those abilities quite so much in "Abracadabra," but search out "Sixth Sense" for a more representative song for what they can really do).
As to the song "Gentleman" itself I think it's not bad. It is catchy enough. I would say it is better than most of Psy's other songs. You can just tell that the damn thing was picked over to the point of stripping out anything that gets in the way, making it as simple as can be. The word is that the song has been re-written over 30 times, surprising when you listen to it. It's not bad. I just feel that Psy is playing it a little safe.
Overall, the song is better than the MV that is carrying it. The MV is doing exactly what Gangnam Style did, lots of weird dudes standing around with shots of Psy being a creep toward different women. The best part to me is when he encounters the always enchanting Gain and she gives him some of his own medicine. But all-in-all I think what I really want is some more Brown Eyed Girls.
The song gets a 3/5 stars and the MV gets 2/5.
What do you all think? Will this song and MV live up to the hype? Will it at least get a respectable reception around the world or was Psy's history's biggest one hit wonder?