When it comes to any group or team, there tends to be that one individual who stands out from the rest, like Justin Timberlake from ‘N Sync or Wolverine from the X-Men. If you are talking about Big Bang, then TaeYang (aka Sol) is the one to watch. If you don’t know what Big Bang is, they are a five member South Korean boy band that is chalking up formidable sales digits and sweeping awards left and right. I have listened to some of Big Bang’s songs which I may get to in the future, but today I’m going to talk about Taeyang and his solo track Wedding Dress.
Although Big Bang usually sings Hip-Hop tunes, Taeyang’s Wedding Dress is more of an R&B song. But what do all these terms mean nowadays, right? In this day and age, pop culture is just gimmick after gimmick and trying to create the next big thing. Fortunately for everybody (and to my huge surprise), Wedding Dress is a genuinely good song.
The melody and arrangement flows nicely, and the sparkling piano blends in well with the rest of the music. A pinch of auto-tune is used but it wasn’t too distracting. There were points in this music video where clapping and other extra sound effects were added in, and they were all mixed in smoothly and only made the music video better.
What do I think of the music video itself? I dare say it is among the best of any Korean music videos in recent years. There is a very depressing yet powerful story going on, shown to you in parts throughout the video. All of it is so well shot, you sometimes feel as if you were right there witnessing these events. The use of slow motion, lighting effects, and camera movements are all very well controlled. This video is so good; I don’t mind watching it without the music.
Taeyang not only shows us his brilliant dancing skills, but his vocals are pretty good as well. One excellent aspect of this music video is how the backup dancers are incorporated into the dance. In those dance segments, your eyes are fixed on Taeyang even though there are other people dancing around him. You can’t really see any of the backup dancers’ faces, so the spotlight is shone on the singer as it should be.
To end off, shouldn’t this song be called “Wedding Ring” instead? Even before the first verse, there were various shots of many rings, including a wedding ring raised to the sky. The music video ends off with a wedding ring. And if you pay close attention, you will find many different rings throughout this music video. But what do I know, Wedding “Dress” probably sounds better when sung out anyway. This music video will definitely satisfy Taeyang / Big Bang fans, and I fully approve.