By Phae in the Yellow Sun
I’m not sure were to start from with this particular recap. Episode 4 in my opinion was a turning point for Hwang Chiyeul. He performed “bang bang bang” by acclaimed group Big Bang. His performances in the first 3 episodes of the competition were strong ballads, his vocals were flawless but he was still stuck in that new guy phase. You know, the guy who had caught everyone’s attention but not quite. What his rendition of bang bang bang did, was to solidify his position in the competition and it was a massive statement. That performance got everyone raving about him. It earned him respect and more fans than he had ever been able to garner.
I cant review this performance without first talking about his outfit. Whoever his stylist is seriously needs to get a raise. That white Tuxedo was a perfect pick for the number he performed. It made the performance classy, suavy and fresh. And again, the arrangements of his songs are always on point. Who would have ever imagined that Bang bang bang could sound so jazzy, smooth and sophisticated yet with a touch of swag. Now, I wouldn’t mind having an Asian James Bond, grooving to bang bang bang (chiyeul style) glass of wine in hand, cigar on his lips, stepping out somewhere to deal with the bad guys. It is probable, you just have to imagine it. Oh, and if I haven’t made it clear, I will now- I loved his performance!!
The James bond theme song was a great addition, it definitely helped to redefine the song. It made it sound like a jazzy, relaxed song and that was quite unexpected. The dancing was also excellent. I liked that they let him dance with the male dancers separately and also with the female dancers. I only wish they’d let the male dancers wear dress shoes instead of those sneakers. I mean come on, even the two female dancers were in heels. If you want it to be classy everyone has to look the part. It has to be a full package.
Bang bang bang is a well produced song but it can be too loud if played at the wrong moment. Chiyeul’s version of the song is suitable for getting people to groove at a party while still enjoying the conversation around. The original version on the other hand, is better suited for turning up the vibe and getting everyone to dance. In my opinion, its not meant to be a party starter.
Now with the rap, although it was great, we all know Big Bang has five members. Imagine GD OR TOP having to sing the entire song and dance at the same time. Its almost impossible (although GD could probably put it off). You could tell Chiyeul was almost out of breath at the end of the rap. But whats impressive is that he pulled it off. It sounded as good as the original. It was audible , strong and he made it seem like it was a walk in the park. The song makes little room for an interlude before the rap so he was literally singing and dancing for about two minutes without actually stopping, now thats what I call a class act.
For those who try to compare this to the original, please stop. It is not an easy task for a soloist to perform a fast paced song originally by five very diverse singers (Big Bang). There is a reason why the song was rearranged as a solo performance. Enjoy both songs as they are- Well produced songs always get covered by different artiste, if this one has been, we should at least acknowledge it as a tribute.
I am not exactly sure what the Chinese lyrics translate to but all in all, this was excellently executed, gave the fans something to rave about and got Hwang Chiyeul a lot of attention. His classy James Bond style ending to that performance was the cherry on top of the cake.