Hyomin’s first solo effort, “Nice Body” is so bland that it somehow does its rather dull title a disservice.
“Nice Body” could be described as a laid-back Brave Brothers summer jam and it would be about halfway accurate. Brave Brothers does produce “Nice Body” and it is, in fact, summer time. Unfortunately, “Nice Body” isn’t so much a laid-back jam as it is Brave Brothers deciding to sleep-walk through a tune. Considering that Brave Brothers has been mailing it in for quite awhile, that’s saying something. The requisite Casio keys and snare drums are meant to feel light and cheerful but they just trudge along against a lifeless bass like a half-dead zombie that’s trying to fit in at a beach party.
It doesn’t help that Hyomin’s auto-tuned to the point of barely being present on her own track. The best thing about the song ends up being Loco, who oddly stands out like a sore thumb and seems under-utilized at the same time. Every now and then Hyomin’s actual voice pops through and one can see the potential that this project has but then the chorus starts up and the double-tracked robotic sheen stomps out whatever pulse “Nice Body” was able to manage for itself. The heavily processed vocals combined with the sparse beat leaves “Nice Body” with so little that’s actually attention-grabbing or interesting. It’s a bit damning when the best praise that one can offer a song is that it is so easily disposable.
The video doesn’t even try to elevate the mediocrity of the music. “Nice Body” is about as by-the-books as it gets which is especially disappointing after Jiyeon’s excellent “1 Min 1 Sec (Never Ever)“. Things get off to a dubious start with Hyomin Nutty Professor-ing it up to provide a paper-thin plot but even that proceeds to go nowhere. Fat-suit Hyomin eats a magical roofie donut and has a dream where she’s transformed into a regular Hyomin who has a pet rapper. She then wakes up. THAT IS THE ENTIRE VIDEO. Apparently, there is no better dream than that of a boilerplate dance-in-a-box concept.
Yes, Hyomin looks amazing in this. Yes, the various outfits do accentuate her figure well. Still, when a gif can summarize an entire music video without losing a thing in terms of context, the video may have a creativity problem.
Even the 19+ dance version of “Nice Body” suffers from a lack of impact. Part of it is undoubtedly due to the trailers which (gasp) already show the best parts of the video. But another part of it is just due to the rather drab, empty warehouse set and lack of any interesting visuals outside of Hyomin herself.
Taken together, “Nice Body” suffers because it is no more substantive than the teaser images which led up to it. Someone as sexy as Hyomin could have been a creative muse but she’s too often deployed as a crutch in “Nice Body”. The beat sounds like it’s meant to be forgotten while the auto-tuned vocals all but assure that it will be. The video can’t seem to offer anything insightful other than showcasing that Hyomin’s sexy. The problem with that is that anyone who cares about this release already knew that.
In the end, the song’s title sums up Hyomin’s first solo release rather well. “Nice Body” is about the most uninspiring descriptor one could have for Hyomin and “uninspiring” ends up being the best way to describe this entire effort.