[아주 작은 REVIEW] Woo Jinyoung & Kim Hyunsoo / Longguo / Blackpink / BTOB

I’m trying really hard to not be a lazy blogger, but honestly speaking, all I can think about these days is the upcoming NU’EST W comeback (I mean, have you heard this amazing highlight medley??)… I need to focus on other releases before I completely lose myself over my ultimate bias boy group.

So here we go with the 21st edition of 아주 작은 REVIEW featuring 2 Produce 101 ex-contestants Woo Jinyoung and Jin Longguo, long-awaited Blackpink and always trusted BTOB.


Woo Jinyoung & Kim Hyunsoo – Falling In Love

Release date: June 12, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

Needless to say that tropical house is being way too overused in K-pop, and it’s already halfway through 2018. Seems like the producers can’t that easily let go of generic addictive melodies that are so suitable for summer times, but guys. There are limits, and I believe those limits were in 2017. Even the fact that Woo Jinyoung has a very unique rapping voice, it doesn’t fix the fact that the song is unimpressive unless you’re currently filling up your to-drive playlist. Also this song doesn’t showcase Jinyoung’s full rapping potential (“Who you?” performance remains superior). I’m gonna be surprised if anyone at this point is still capable of differentiating all those tropical house trap songs. I personally gave up last year.

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 5 out of 10


Jin Longguo – Clover (feat. Yoon Mirae)

Release date: June 13, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

I’m personally slightly sad that the first release after JBJ’s disbandment from Longguo is a solo instead of the Longguo & Shihyun project continuation. In my opinion, Longguo’s vocals don’t really suit R&B genre, the boy shines much brighter in subtle sexy songs (the.the.the), or upbeat stuff like whatever JBJ had, or very strong ballads like what he did in If It Was You during Produce 101. Even Yoon Mirae’s featuring doesn’t really save this song for me. It doesn’t stay in your memory, even after numerous listens. Choon needs to work harder on choosing songs for their artists.

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 5 out of 10


BLACKPINK – Ddu-du Ddu-du

Release date: June 15, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

Wow, a whole year of waiting to get a song that is… indeed, very interesting, but not quite living up to your expectations. Verses were dozen times better than chorus and pre-choruses combined together, and the bridge with modulated ending dance break/chorus were the best parts of the whole god damn song. That drop was underwhelming because we already hear that from the beginning, hence it loses that initial head-banging charm, although I have to admit that it’s damn addictive. Addictive, but not what we would expect from a group like BLACKPINK. As for verses, Lisa totally killed it. Jenny was also fire in second verse with her rap, but Lisa wins this game for me. Her rap was smashing. And Rose’s bridge part was pure eargasm.

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 7 out of 10


BTOB – Only One For Me

Release date: June 18, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

An old-pop sounding summer track and powerful vocal/rap lines combinations? Probably a YES from me if it’s coming from BTOB. This totally sounds like something from early 2000s that I used to listen to as a kid. Like I mentioned several times, retro sounds are about to dominate the K-pop market this year, as we see so many fusions of it with modern elements that work perfectly (I’ll make a playlist on that), and Only One For Me very comfortably fits into that description. It’s a lovely track that you can listen to during vacation. Also I must say that the vocal line didn’t put much effort into the song (I mean, there’s not crazy belting or even super impressive vocal techniques people usually talk about) for the sake of its “chill” sense/feeling, but it exactly makes the song comfortable to listen to. Although I personally have some questions regarding Peniel’s rap part.

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 8 out of 10

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