GFRIEND - the discography rate ☾ #31

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Sorry for dropping a lil bomb on you guys and leaving you hanging nn. Life has been a biT chaotic lately.

Anyway... @boombazookajoe...










I feel like you knew this was coming sooner rather than later, beloved.










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Just a feeling, it’s so amazing
Come closer, one two three and say my name


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7.807

Buddies: 11x1 (@boombazookajoe) 10x2 (@RUNAWAY, @Music Is Death) 9x1 (@eatyourself)
Antis: 6x1 (@Cotton Park) 6.5x3 (@Serg., @aux, @Monado) 7x6 (@ysev, @junglefish, @soratami, @BEST FICTION, @Vixen, @Remorque)
Hosts:
@junglefish: 7
@savilizabeths: 8.5
5 voters: 65
10 voters: 58
15 voters: 70
20 voters: 75
26 voters: 76

Listen, 'Secret Diary' isn't bad by any means. It's a very sweet RnB influenced song that brings you back to the early days of the group. It's not a song I skip when I listen to the album and I don't have anything against it, really. But, and you knew a 'but' was coming, I've always felt like it stuck out like a sore thumb on 'Walpurgis Night'.

The track, on which both Yerin and SinB have writing credits, is the first subunit song on the album and as such, it just feels a bit... disappointing? If you give Buddies subunit songs after so many years of begging for them, you better make sure those songs are of the highest caliber. Or at least you make sure you don't start the subunit section of the album with the weakest track, which 'Secret Diary' is, to me. The pairing for the song is also surprising. Not that Yerin and SinB don't sound good together, because they do, but the saccharine sound of 'Secret Diary' isn't something I feel fits SinB. I'm probably wrong about that though, as I think the girls were all pretty involved with the composition and lyrics of all three tracks. I also gotta admit that I was mad my favorite member, Yerin, wasn't part of another subunit ff. Oh well.

Now, as I said before, 'Secret Diary' isn't bad. Taken out of the context of its parent album, there are a lot of things to enjoy here. I mentioned the girls' vocals before and while they're not jaw dropping or even very remarkable, there's a certain warmth to them that makes it a very pleasant listen and feels like a perfect fit for the track. I also enjoy the simplicity of the song, which really makes it shine. It's not a song that needs a lot of tricks and hooks and some incredible production that you've never heard before. It's smooth and lovely, like a nice fruity candy, the kind that's only made with natural flavours and doesn't leave much of a taste in your mouth once you're finished. What I'm trying to say is that it's a good song, just not very memorable and if anything from 'Walpurgis Night' had to leave this early, I feel this was the only correct choice.

But enough about my opinion. Let's first have a look at what you guys had to say, starting with our good sis and 11-giver @boombazookajoe:

When I was just a baby K-Pop gay (in late 2020 ddd), Walpurgis Night was one of the first full length K album that I kind of stanned from first listen. MAGO was a masterpiece, Three Of Cups gave me everything I could want in a song, but then I got to this trio of songs in the middle. At the time, I was barely a Buddy, I didn't know these girls names, how many of them there were, any of that. I didn't know until much later that Secret Diary, Better Me, and Night Drive were all sub-unit tracks and only featured two of the girls. But I loved them. At the end of the day, I probably could have given me 11 to any one of these songs, but there is something so calming and sweet about Secret Diary. It feels like a warm hug. The "lucky lucky girl" hook is one of the catchiest moments in their discography. The fact that it's a song about Yerin and SinB's long friendship makes it even cuter.

@eatyourself (9) : My least favorite of this album's duets but still a soft sweet moment.

@M24 (7.25) : This is very cute, maybe a little too literally cute, almost like it doesn't fit the whole "mature/sexy" vibe of Walpurgis Night. It's still great and undeniably Gfriend; I just think Sinb and Yerin could've got a bop in the style of Better Me, and that would've been way better than this.

@Wills (7.75) : These unit tracks are so pleasant!

@thommyh (8) : It's a nice song, but it feels really inconsequential on the album.





What do you Buddies think the other half of the tie is?​

Quoting this because it's darksided to eliminate an 11 at the bottom of a page.
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Would it be controversial to ask for Life is a Party's elimination? I doublechecked my score for it and I was a little harsh, but I still think it sounds undercooked. Like it almost hits that fun, carefree tropical moment but it's kinda just lacking that pizzazz - maybe the vocals in the verses sound a little too flat?
 
Now I understand you just suffered a loss but no deepfaking my posts please
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Anyways! Secret Diary could've stuck around a touch longer, it's not quite the weakest of the unit tracks. But at the same time, I'll take this cut over most of their early b-sides, which I can't imagine are long for this world!
At least I chose it specifically because the original was another post dragging me so it was on theme dddd.
 
Secret Diary and Better Me are very cute songs, but Night Drive is just one of the best songs in the whole album. Even though Eunha and Yuju are thee vocalists in the group, the song couldn't be more subtle and subdued. First of all, it is built in a way that makes you feel like you are in that car, sitting beside Yuju while she smokes a mint cigarette. Eunha sings as if her hamster had died and Yuju is her big sister trying to comfort her. By the time the middle 8 comes along the song never really comes back to its track - the melodies wander around as if the car had lost direction. Then those lyrics?? "Even if everything about you is gone / I won't forget this moment" and finishing the song off with "I'll let you go today / I won't forget you tomorrow"... the way HYBE knew this would be their last one all along.

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[COLOR= #7295ac]The irresistable sweet scent.
If it breaks with a crunch, there's no going back.[/COLOR]


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[COLOR= #7295ac]7.807[/COLOR]

Buddies: 10x4 (@nikkysan, @thommyh, @RUNAWAY, @boombazookajoe) 9.5x1 (@Slice of Life) 9x2 (@eatyourself, @Music Is Death)
Antis: 5x3 (@Monado, @Serg., @Wills) 6.5x1 (@Attis)
Hosts:
@junglefish: 8.25
@savilizabeths: 7.5
5 voters: 79
10 voters: 61
15 voters: 80
20 voters: 76
26 voters: 77

Today I make my return to eliminate the second half of our latest tie. It's 'Crème Brûlée', a track from their second to last release ever, Song of the Sirens. Did any of you expect us to lose a song from this mini album so early? The song was written and composed by a pretty impressive team of people, Justin Reinstein, "collapsedone" & Mayu Wakisaka. The first two being frequent collaborators and providing some top tier tracks for artists like TWICE & fromis_9 (The Feels, We Go, DM, Perfect World) and Mayu Wakisaka has written for Oh My Girl, TWICE and TXT (Secret Garden, Like a Fool, Crown). So, talent all around! It also debuted at #70 on the Gaon Download Chart.

Eh, sadly 'Crème Brûlée' doesn't really live up to any of those songs, at least for me. It's great for a bit of cute fun, but we definitely eliminated the right Song of the Sirens track first. This is definitely a unique sound in their discography so I enjoy them trying something new. It's not like it doesn't work either. They sell this quirky vibe well. I just wouldn't say it's a song I feel the need to return to often, especially in comparison to the other songs on Song of the Sirens.

The lyrics talk about temptation and seduction, using thd sweetness of a dessert like Crème Brûlée to describe how hard it is to resist. I've actually never tried the dessert in question, but I know we all have sweet treats we struggle to deny ourselves. The song sprinkles in food related metaphors without feeling too forced or cliche. Damn, the more I read through the lyrics the hungrier I'm getting for some fresh baked goods. There's definitely something a little cheeky about the lyrics too. Nothing overt, just a little wink wink, nudge nudge.

And look at Miss Sowon getting some lines! She's still last in terms of line distribution but she's singing, girls! They have her working her vocal chords! She sounds very at home in this more lowkey, vibey sound so I can see why they utilized her. Yuju sounds great too. Her rich tone is perfect for singing about desserts. Everything sounds very fluffy and sweet. It's fattening. I can feel this song going to my thighs. At the same time though, something in the production sounds a little hollow? It just kind of plods along, never really doing anything engaging. I get what they were going for, but it doesn't really help the song. Empty calories.

Shall we hear from our commentary panel? I kinda love that the song gets described as both experimental and basic. Which is it? Except, maybe it's both? I can see it.

@eatyourself (9) : Experimental bop! It gives me Kerli - Sugar.

@Attis (6.5) : Not a big fan of this sound

@M24 (7) : So quirky and fun! I honestly expected lyrics alla "Recipe" by Mamamoo, and I was pleasantly surprised at how smart they were Eg. "Will it be white or will it be yellow? I want to break that layer, what do I do?"; "I can't take this sweet scent any longer, but if I break you, I can't put it back together". It's a shame I have other favorites, especially in this album, so my score is somewhat on the lower end. Hope it doesn't last too little, but I hope the other four bsides rightfully outlast it.

@ysev (7) : Perhaps one of their most basic offerings. Nothing about this is particularly bad but it’s just so bland. This could be an AB6IX song, and yeah… where’s the excitement? Nowhere!

@Wills (5) : They could’ve gone their entire careers without trying this awful, toothless plink-plonk sound and no one would’ve suffered for it


Next up, we'll say goodbye to another eleven. So soon. Is it yours? Panic in the replies. Until then...

 
I kinda love that the song gets described as both experimental and basic. Which is it?​
Charli XCX <3
At the same time though, something in the production sounds a little hollow? It just kind of plods along, never really doing anything engaging. I get what they were going for, but it doesn't really help the song. Empty calories.​
I think it's exactly this. It sounds like the song is playing inside the wardrobe and you're right in front of it??
 
Our second 11 to fall is......















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Before the heat confuses us
Before the ice cream melts, let's go


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7.855

Buddies: 11x1 (@Attis) 10x3 (@junglefish, @savilizabeths, @Music Is Death) 9.5x1 (@aux) 9.25x1 (@Wills)
Antis: 3x1 (@Serg.) 5x1 (@Monado) 6.5x2 (@Cotton Park, @Crisp X)
Hosts:
@junglefish: 10
@savilizabeths: 10
5 voters: 56
10 voters: 64
15 voters: 77
20 voters: 78
26 voters: 77

Ouch! Today our second 11 exits the rate, as well as my second 10 and my co-hosts first. It's a sad sad day for all tasteful Buddies. 'Vacation' is the bubbly second track on GFriend's summer mini album, appropriately titled Sunny Summer. It's been a minute since we heard from Iggy Youngbae but here they are once again, losing another bop. They really have a knack for these bright, sunshine-y tracks, even if you lot don't hear it. Maybe I'm still mourning 'Distance'....

Anyway, 'Vacation' deserves my full attention because god, this song is fantastic! It's a shot of bubblegum summer seratonin and I am beyond here for it. Dare I say it's the brighter, more energetic little sister to 'Distance'. The sister running around the beach energetically, begging older sister 'Distance' to play with her instead of lounging lazily sipping a cocktail. While I love them both very much, 'Vacation' truly has my heart and I want to splash around in the ocean with her. Now, are you ready for me to stop talking about a long departed song and just move on?

Currently it is not the season for a song such as this where I am. It's raining outside the Starbucks I am currently writing in. I've started bringing jackets with me and whining about my makeup getting potentially ruined by the unpredictable weather. 'Vacation' brings sunshine to my day and makes me feel all warm and happy. I'm longing for a vacation and I am grateful to this song for bringing at least a little of that feeling to me right now. Perhaps I like this song so much because (as noted by @M24 in their commentary) it exudes major TWICE energy. This one hundred percent wouldn't feel out of place on their Summer Nights mini album. Can't you just hear Sana all over this? Love this or hate this, it brings something really fun to GFriend's discography and I think they sell it brilliantly.

I don't think I need to tell you what the song is about. Summer lovin', had me a blast and all that. However, I think the lyrics are really strong here. It seems simple, but some of the lines are so poetic. "Before the heat confuses us, before the ice cream melts." How pretty is that??? They describe the sea as "the emerald ocean" which is lovely. And they use the term "lovecation" which makes me smile, it's just so cute!! Everything about this song is cute. I'm sure it might be a little sugary for some of you. It's very Eunha, Yerin and Umji heavy (I mean, Umji actually doesn't have that many lines but the ones she does have are very noticable), and they really lean into the aegyo side of things. Eunha's chorus vocals give me a toothache and I thank them for it, but I can understand if it's not your thing.

Fellow high scorers, would you like to go on a V A C A T I O N with me?? Antis, you are not invited. I hope you get frostbite.

Let's hear from a true icon, @Attis who gave their coveted 11 to this gem. How do you feel about this ridiculously early exit unnie?

I personally don't think this is their best song of course, but my God this song is such a fond memories for Indonesian Buddies. This is legitimately official anthem for Indonesian Buddies, complete with an unique fanchant. And I bet the girls having fun too, who would've thought people in other country will cherish a b-side this loudly ? Truly an emotional history (PS : Indonesia is like the Brazil for K-pop artists and I'm tired with how disrespectful I-fans and K-pop companies are toward Indonesia / SEA fans. We are the big consumer of their material yet they will pay dust and focus on US instead. I'm not mad, just disappointed)


@M24 (6.75) : Another cute, little summer bop! The best thing about it is the sax in the pre-chorus. Apart from that, I feel like this sounds too much like Twice and the extremely high number of english words only reinforces that perspective on me. Personally, Sunny Summer the mini album sticks out like a sore thumb in their discography, because even though their sound changed a lot during their career, this is the era where I feel like they lost their identity. I suppose that's a controversial opinion to have?

@Wills (9.25) : I feel like this shouldn’t be my favourite on the album… but I can’t resist! Is this how it feels to be basic? Asking you @junglefish

@Serg. (3) : Sounds like a SISTAR B-side. Take what you want from that, but yeah...



 
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