Psy’s ‘Gentleman’ derivative but not bad

South Korean pop star Psy – known worldwide for the crushing hit song “Gangnam Style” – returns with “Gentleman,” a track rising quickly on the charts and currently sitting at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Gentleman” is an obvious follow-up to “Gangnam Style.” It’s obvious because the two sound pretty similar, right down to the musical breaks where Psy is left alone to repeat the song’s main phrase (here, “I’m a mother father gentleman”).

That’s not to say that “Gentleman” is bad.  “Gangnam Style” was popular for many reasons: it’s insanely catchy and has an inventive music video that projects Psy’s strange sense of humor.  “Gentleman” succeeds in much the same way.  It’s not quite as catchy as “Gangnam Style” – that’s almost an impossible bar to reach – but its music video is arguably just as effective.  And as of this morning it’s already been viewed nearly 250,000,000 times on Youtube.  If that’s not a successful follow-up, then nothing is. But we’ll see where Psy goes from here . . .

Rating: 4 out of 5


Author: Ryan King

Ryan King began covering music in 2004 for the Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State University, eventually becoming Managing Editor at that publication. He is also the former Music Editor for OFF! Magazine, an alternative publication published by the Southeast Missourian. Ryan began writing for The Music Universe when launched, but has stepped away to focus on law. He may appear from time to time for reviews.

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