I actually think this album is a lot more dynamic than THE ALBUM and with that in mind, I think it's better. BORN PINK seems to let the girls steer away from The BLACKPINK Formula™ that has been analysed to death and actually explores some great sounds for them.
"Shut Down" is up there as one of my favourite tracks they've done. "Pink Venom", I guess, is one of the few songs that follows that familiar sound, but "Shut Down" is infinitely more subdued than their bombastic sound we've grown accustomed too. It actually reminded me of "Whistle" and "Boombayah" another set of singles that really play off each other. "Whistle" being the unexpectedly subdued song and "Boombayah" being the BLACKPINK banger. That aside, both "Pink Venom" and "Shut Down" are brilliant. The sample use in "Shut Down" is perfect, it's not overbearing in the slightest and doesn't feel like an afterthought.
The b-sides are all pretty good as well, "Hard To Love" being one of my favourites, but that mostly comes from being a Rosé bias. "The Happiest Girl" is easily their best ballad, not that there's many to choose from, but still. "Ready For Love" is what it is, I'm just glad the song is finally out there officially. "Yeah Yeah Yeah" is excellent, exactly the gay catnip that I expect them to have in each one of their releases. I think the only two songs I'm not wild about are "Tally" and "Typa Girl", but the latter is already growing on me.
Honestly, I just wish they released music more often. They have already established that the girls can release solo releases, so you could easily make the wait less agonising between releases with more solo comebacks (or debut in the case of Jisoo). It's wild to think that excluding Japanese versions and including collaborations and the solos they have less than forty songs.