2PM makes a comeback with their new album simply entitled No. 5, and it has stolen my heart. It’s classy and mature, closer to their third album Grown which I always consider as their best Korean album. I’m proud that they’re back with another musical achievement, an album that is solid and brave enough not to follow the trend.
The MV for the title track My House lies more on a beautiful visual presentation instead of the choreography (a common formula for K-pop MVs). The MV blends several fairy tales, from Beauty and The Beast to Snow White, into a well-cinematographed narrative about the female lead Cinderella who has to go home when the clock strikes midnight. But before she goes home, 2PM members tease her so she will stay, or to be exact to come home with them (naughty 2PM is naughty). However, if fairy tales commonly portray women as passive and weak, this Cinderella is different. She intentionally leaves her glass shoe on the stairs. She will come home for now, but she expects 2PM members to find her. A twist to the fairy tale, and to me it’s an act that shows woman’s agency in a relationship/a potential relationship.
Do we need to talk about how the members look so good in the MV? Oh yes, we need to! They all look dashing in suits, especially Jun. K who slays the Victorian tie. Their outfits in the dance part are actually simple but the colours make them look flamboyant. I also love the shoes that they wear, giving casual hints to the whole look. Now JYPE, give us the dance practice MV and we’ll be the happiest Hottests ever.
I instantly fall in love with My House upon the first hearing. Composed by Jun. K, this song is different from other title tracks because it’s not a powerful dance track, which people often anticipate from 2PM. Instead, My House is a medium tempo song with acoustic guitar sound through the whole song. Each member plays their part well, even Nichkhun sounds comfortable singing his lines. To be honest, it’ll be hard for 2PM to win music shows while Big Bang and EXO are still promoting, but I pray hard they’ll get the appreciation they deserve. It’s time for K-pop to pay attention to more music and less controversy.