And with this elimination I think I’m officially out of my anti era. It’s all good to great bops from here!
EDIT: Also, I LOVE Sonic! I LOVE video games! Fff! I literally have several video game soundtracks on Vinyl I just don’t want that sound in my GFRIEND albums, that’s all! Don’t come for me gaymers, I’m one of you!
Was I really sick or was I just procrastinating eliminating one of my 11 contenders? Who really knows? Okay, actually I really was sick. There is a Super Flu going around which includes some really fun COVID symptoms so it's been an overwhelmingly bad time for me. Today is the best I have felt in quite awhile, but I am still incredibly wiped out and am starting to think I'm going to be exhausted for a bit before I am fully better.
All that aside though.......do I really have to? Look, I requested to write this elimination but if I'm being honest, do I actually want to? Some of you may think ti's strange that I actually considered giving this fluffy little song my 11. I mean, maybe not if you've paid attention to my activities on this forum for the last few years. I gave 'WOW' my 11 in the 3rd Gen Girls rate, I'm not exactly high brow as far as my music tastes go. But I really did consider gifting this song my coveted extra point. I don't even know if I can properly explain why, but I guess I will try considering I now have to write about it.
'Click' was composed by DK (Oh My Girl, SHINee), Hyuk Shin (EXO, Monsta X, SHINee, Odd Eye Circle......Justin Bieber) & MRay, who has the hardest name ever to look up so I have no idea what he's done. It comes from their first studio album LOL and is my absolute favourite song on the album. It makes me genuinely happy to see all the high scores, almost as happy as the song itself makes me. Four 10s?? No scores below 6.5??? It's nice to see some taste being displayed.
PopJustice user savilizabeths, why is it that of all the songs in this incredible rate, you actually almost gave 'Click' your 11? Well...I like fun. I like cute things. Maybe it's that simple. I just get this euphoric rush every time the music builds up and the girls start chanting. It's as if my brain suddenly springs to life and everything in the world is flowers and rainbows. And I don't know about you, but I love flowers and rainbows. I know that songs with these aegyo vibes are not for everyone, and I truly get it. But they are for me and I will live my truth! I feel like this song is quite different from them too. It still fits their soundscape, but it's got this 2000s, groovy vibe that really stands out in their discography. At least to me. They also don't often lean into the cutesy thing quite this much, so maybe that's it. Like the chanting....I love it but I think I can see why you wouldn't. It's definitely on the saccharine side.
Everything about the song works together flawlessly for me. The instrumental is laid back. It's bright and bouncy while also having this relaxed vibe, as if I'm strolling with a slight spring in my step as opposed to running around on a sugar high. It's a warm summer day and I'm strolling through a park, sun peaking through the trees with an ice cream cone in my hand. It's that kind of feeling. Maybe I start skipping a little when the chanting comes on because of the seratonin rush it gives me. Songs like this always make me feel like the world is good again. And the girls just sound so sweet! The song is perfect for Eunha, she sounds so lovely and comfortable in it. Of course, Yuju steals the show too. She shows how amazing good vocals can sound even when they're understated. Her parts just sound gorgeous and smooth and really please my ear. I also have a soft spot for Sowon's very weak vocals here but don't ask me why. Like I said, everything fits together like a puzzle because reading the lyrics fully enhances the joy the song gives me. It's sweet, it's optimistic, it's so hopeful and just makes me want to believe in the good of life and all that.
Okay, so if you actually read all of that then have a gold star. Two other songs were battling it out for my 11, neither of them title tracks. So we'll have to see how long it is before they fall. We will now hear from you guys....I wish you high scorers had left more commentary.
@eatyourself (10) : Jesus Christ this is so good I want to eat it.
@Attis (7.5) : This is very S Club 7 / Spice Girls, isn't it ? Too bad I'm not growing up with these artists so it lacks impact on me
@M24 (6.75) : Very sweet song, I just can't stand the chanting parts. Those are the moments that remind me kpop is usually targeted to teenagers, ugh.
@Wills (7.5) : Shit I already wrote commentary saying Mermaid’s the only dud on the album, lemme bump this score a bit
You're welcome for that last clip. Until next time, and thank you for your patience!
NOOOO THIS IS WRONG!!! The chanting, the plucky piano, the melodies!!! It's as if my childhood was distilled into a song. I particularly like Sowon's bits here, she fits this bratty spoken word vibe very well. And I'm glad you are OK @savilizabeths !! Maybe what really cured you was your exquisite taste for Gfriend tracks.
I don’t remember what I gave this (but based on the scores above it had to be somewhere in the 7-8 range) but I should have scored it higher! They really were in their S Club bag here. One of them even sounds like Jo (she’s got the flow!) on the chorus!
If I wasn't a buddy and somebody had told me this song was an album track on GFRIEND's debut EP, I would have believed them. It has that slightly dated charm that was part of GFRIEND's DNA in their early days and you know what I'm talking about. That ITNW-era SNSD sound, typical of the early to mid-2000s and super prominent on many, many albums by girl groups of that long gone time.
The reason why it sounds so nostalgic and so familiar is simple! Love Oh Love was actually first recorded after the end of Glass Bead's promotions and then stored somewhere where it accumulated dust until 'Time For Us'. It's kind of a weird choice to add a song that's so representative of a certain time in GFRIEND's career when their style had already evolved a great deal, but it also doesn't sound completely alien. That's probably due to the fact that it was composed by MEGATONE 13, who has worked with the girls many times over the years so while it sounds pretty different from most of the tracks on 'Time For Us', it's kind of a bridge between different eras for the group.
What's really interesting to me is how different Eunha sounds in Love Oh Love. You can hear her true vocal color which is a lot less cutesy than it is today or during most of GFRIEND's career. Her voice sounds deeper, warmer and oh, how I wish she would sometimes go back to it... Not that I dislike the way she uses her voice, I don't! At all! I just feel like it should be used a bit more sporadically dd.
@eatyourself (8) : It sounds a bit like a TV show having their go at a GFriend song. Which is not necessarily bad!
@M24 (7.5) : I can't believe this was an old song from the "Me Gustas Tu" era. It sounds nothing like it to me! Maybe it got a more modern arrangement, and I think it works better that way. Particularly the guitar-led Yuju pre-chorus.. That part is magnificent.
@Wills (7.75) : Cute that they looped back on this sound to close the album, even if it’s one of their weaker takes
@Cotton Park (7.5) : Okay, what was that little funky breaklet?
Aww I flopped. I really should have given this song a better score, it deserves at least a 9.25 or something.
Someday, from GFRIEND's third EP 'Snowflake' is a deliciously funky little song written by Heuk Tae, who did a much better job here than he did on the previously eliminated My Buddy. I love how the intro makes you think you're in for a classic GFRIEND moment of orchestral midtempo whatever and then shatters it in a few seconds. The synths, the electric guitar, the strings... There's so much going on in this song but somehow it doesn't feel messy or overdone. It's funky, it's a little disco done the GFRIEND way and it works amazingly well.
The girls pretty much all shine vocally here, with Yuju being, as always, the brightest star. I particularly love her part in the bridge, with the beat and the instruments aligning perfectly with her lines. Ugh it's everything and the whole song gives me strong early-Apink vibes. There's something about the production and the structure of the song that is just so them. Believe me, as a certified Pink Panda since I Don't Know, that's a huge compliment.
The song is just as uplifting sonically as it is lyrically, with the girls encouraging someone to forget about their worries and their stress and to just laugh! Laugh like they do in that slightly demented post-chorus, which is another highlight of the song by the way. All in all, it's easily one of GFRIEND's best early album tracks and I wish it had managed to break into the top 60, but oh well. Let's see what you guys had to say about it!
@M24 (7.5) : That chorus bops! I don't give it a higher score just because I find the "let's all laugh haha" post-chorus a bit diabolical.
@Crisp X (8) : The little break at the end is so cute, feels like you’re hearing them perform at (cursed namedrop incoming) Fallon with The Roots as the live band.
@Wills (9.25) : Amazing how these songs all sound the same, but then all have something that genuinely sets them apart – here, it’s how the chorus builds to that euphoric hyuuuuu~
@thommyh (8) : Has little flashes of sounding overbearingly OST-y, but still very nice.
@Wills (9.25) : Amazing how these songs all sound the same, but then all have something that genuinely sets them apart – here, it’s how the chorus builds to that euphoric hyuuuuu~ @thommyh (8) : Amazing how these songs all sound the same, but then all have something that genuinely sets them apart – here, it’s how the chorus builds to that euphoric hyuuuuu~
I'm sorry I let this thread die but I promise I'm going to make an effort to be more consistent with the eliminations. Those past few months have been weird as hell to be honest so this rate and even the forum in general kinda faded in the background a bit. Anyway, enough with all that, let's get rid of another track.
Even if you misunderstand it My heart is still pounding.
Another Japanese song bites the dust, this time La Pam Pam. First appearing as a b-side on the Japanese release of 'Sunrise', it was later included in the group's full length album, 'Fallin' Light'. Composed by MIO and Momoko, La Pam Pam is one of those upbeat yet melancholic songs the group excels at and one of the highlights of their Japanese discography, which makes it pretty sad that it's leaving already and that its leaderboard journey is serving Mabel chart run. I know I know, my 8 probably didn't help and I'm pretty baffled myself because I've always thought this song was great, so what was going on in my head at the time? I guess we will never know. Moving on.
I'm not 100% positive but the lyrics of the song make me think that the titular La Pam Pam, which is repeated throughout the song, is supposed to mimick the sound of a heart beating. It's an adorable touch but also a worrying one, because if your heart beats that way you may suffer from heart arrhythmia. Please girls, go see a cardiologist! We want you in top shape for when GFRIEND eventually make their grand comeback.
Unsurprisingly, not many of you had things to say about this cute lil song. Still let's make some noise for @M24 (who I'm pretty sure forgot he even participated in this rate) and everybody's favorite Canadussy, @Wills.
@M24 (7.25) : So quintessentially Gfriend title track material! I think I prefer Fallin Light tbh, this seems too similar to some of their korean singles.
@Wills (6.25) : Diet TFTMN. Wait, no – Time For The Moon Lite. There we go!