Like an obsessive compulsive mechanic or any episode of Breaking Bad, Nine Muses have their formula for success refined to a finely oiled machine and “Glue” continues the group’s fantastic year in delivering slick, assured, sex-filled music videos.
There are no surprises with “Glue”. If you’ve watched “Wild” or “Gun“, “Glue” is pretty much that whole package in a different filter with a slightly different dance beat to it. And you know what? That’s perfectly fine. Nine Muses has never pretended to be anything it wasn’t. The Nine are simply impossibly beautiful singing supermodels who will dance around in sexy outfits and demand your eyeballs in order to hook your ears (it’s usually supposed to work the other way, but Nine Muses is so God Damn Impossible that they defy stuff like “artistic merit”). It’s simple music, and an almost insultingly simple concept, but if simplicity is this fine, then complexity is the work of the devil and it deserves to die. “Glue” would suffer from diminishing returns if it were made by a normal group of mortals, but Nine Muses seem to have an infinite supply of hnnnnnnggggg that makes the concept of “diminishing returns” completely alien.
“Glue” is a pretty standard electro dance pop beat, one which seems ubiquitous; modern yet somehow a bit dated as well. The slight guitar licks recall a bit of a disco flair and the beat would have a nice home at any young, hip department store. The snares keep everything moving at a brisk pace, and the song never feels overwrought or flimsy as a result. Without a frenetic tempo however, “Glue” more or less glides from its start to its conclusion. The composition of the lyrics is a bit like “Wild”. There’s two rap breaks, presumably so Eunji and Euaerin don’t have to Highlander each other, but it makes it a bit hard to separate chorus from verse. “Glue” is a song which, by itself, would pleasantly pass by and then be easily forgotten, especially when compared to how Nine Muses began the year with “Dolls” and “Wild”. Luckily for Nine Muses, there’s not just a song.
There is also a video and good god, shut down all music videos forever.
The entire thing is made up of glamour shots of Nine Muses alternatively looking hot in dresses, looking hot in red pleather pants and looking hot in black pleather pants. There is no creativity, the entire thing is a phoned in dance-in-a-box concept with solo shots designed to highlight and flatter each member’s figure. The white backing and prominent use of black and red might as well have been ripped from the “Wild” playbook with only the slight blue hue being a concession to bring anything new to the table.
And it’s perfect.
I could wax poetic on the glory of the visuals of Nine Muses but these should do a better justice to the eternal holiness of Nine Muses in “Glue” than any language ever could.
“Glue” is not a song which could survive on it’s own. The beat isn’t very creative and the vocal performances are passable but not memorable. The hook is nowhere near as great as some of Nine Muses’ previous efforts and yet one can’t help but feel that it was all done on purpose. In many ways, the song works best as background music to the real showcase of the music video: Nine Muses being all Nine Muses. Once one views “Glue” as a pleasant soundtrack to Heaven’s Own Photoshoot, the music video makes a lot more sense and the piece taken as a whole becomes much more enjoyable. “Glue” is not Nine Muses strongest single of the year but it is a solid reminder that when it comes to sexy, no one has it down to a science like Nine Muses.
Rating: Wait, there’s music to this? All I could hear was my blood oozing out all my orifices.