After a more upbeat debut track ‘Energetic’ and standard boy group swag song ‘Burn it Up’, Wanna One is back with a more somber ballad ‘Beautiful’. The song is definitely better than the previous two songs, but it’s also very standard Kpop. I thought ‘Beautiful’ was more of a B-side than title track due to its relative safe melody.
Then again, this group can afford the safe, boring melody because they’re arguably the number one trending boy group in Korea right now. No one really cares if they come out with a shit song.
I wasn’t even mad at the unoffending melody. I was just a bit annoyed that the MV seemed to feature three members while giving literally 2 seconds of screentime to some other members. I understand that Daniel is the center, but come on, the moped probably got more screentime than Guanlin, Daehwi, Woojin, Jaehwan, or Bae Jin Young. (Jisung, Minhyun, and Sungwoon didn’t get much time either.)
Perhaps even more insulting is the horrible MV execution, with a seemingly random / cliched plotline. I’d rather watch Wanna One sit around just talking for eight minutes than watch this contrived drama. This MV rivals their previous ‘Burn it Up’ MV where a horse actually morphs into Daniel.