Because this song is already critically lauded by just about the entire Asian pop community (finally! Our first consensus! If we had our own Singles Jukebox, this would surely crack at least an 8.00+), I’m not going to bother sitting here and talking about how great it is (it is!). Like 2NE1’s “Try to Copy Me,” it’s just about the apotheosis of everything wonderful about Korean pop groups. And as f(x)’s first mini-album has a bit of competition from girl group 4minute, who released their first Japanese single, the girls have had to come up with some extra special material, which is mind blowing in its own right – aside from the two slower songs at the end of the album, NU ABO is hand-picked for supremacy. From the title track, to “ME+U,” the album manages to be fun, with more than a hint of indulgence in its own genre.
The video for “NU ABO,” too, has the requisite mix of street-dancing and clothes so loud, it could only take a unique combination such as f(x) to wear them before they wore f(x). Regardless, this mix also means giving in to some of the more absurd fashion choices. The following five are a few of the worst:
These socks seem to fall in line with a lot of the fashion’s asymmetry, but I give up.
There is fringe on the back of these leggings. Ladies, would you wear these? Gentlemen?
This half-jersey, half-other-jersey thing with the cut-outs on the arms. Even Victoria seems confused.
I was with this hair coloring at the tips thing until I got to the longer extensions that are also colored.
As a bonus, don’t you just love these street signs in Korean videos? This one lets you know if you’re feeling a little too highbrow for f(x), there is an Opera House down the street. Classy!
Feel free to share your own least favorite!