At first I was really iffy on it; I expected more from him. But the more I listened to the song, the more it grew on me. And then pop!gasa finally released the translation of the lyrics, and I gave in to my love for it.
I like that Juno didn't beat around the bush when he wrote the lyrics; his message is right out there for everyone to see. I mean, compare it to 4Minute's "Volume Up": it was a good song, but the company had to explain to us what it was about. If Cube hadn't said it was about the double standards for girl groups, I would just think it was a song about a breakup. And god knows I wouldn't have figured out what the snake and the skull stood for.
While Junsu's video is a little hard to figure out (although that blog really gave a great analysis of it for fans, and I think they've hit the mark), the lyrics to the song are very blunt.
....Plus, I think it's really catchy, and I've been singing the chorus since yesterday.
Tarantallegra is a spell from the Harry Potter series?! NO WAY! *googles* Ah! I love this song even more now! It brings together two of my favorite things, K-Pop and Harry Potter. <3
But, oh man. That music video gives me the vapors. ^^; I've always thought of Junsu as the cutesy type. Watching him grind all over his female dancers is going to take some getting used to! *blush* ... Not saying I'm complaining, though. emotion_dowant
The visual concept isn't really my cup of tea, being so over-the top and sexualized (especially awkward because I don't find Junsu or guyliner attractive). And the song was autotuney, doing hardly anything to show off Junsu's vocal talent like in his countless ballads.
But after so many ballads, it's time for him to do something new. Despite my initial impressions, Tarantallegra really impressed me. The dancing is on point, the presentation is awesome and most importantly, it differs from the norm and is striking in a way that demonstrates the lyrics/meaning perfectly. The conditions JYJ are forced to promote under are actually working to Junsu's benefit, allowing the creative team to go further than other groups because they're banned from broadcasting no matter what they make.
I love kpop songs with that sort of hypnotic, repetitive sound and epic feel. The choreography was awesome and fit the music and the style of the video so well. I never would have expected something like this from Junsu. I love that it was a little out there and pushed some boundaries, especially with his style. That being said, I could have done with out the girls grinding on stuff. That always annoys me. I guess I don't see it as sexy, I just see it as kind of cheap...and not really necessary.
I hate to say this, because the Cassies will probably crucify me, but as much as I don't like that TVXQ split up, maybe it's working out for the best at least in Junsu's case. We would never have gotten something so awesome out of him if they were still a group...(please don't hurt me sweatdrop)