This one has been called for a few times...
"Open up all these new feelings
Like a magazinе
It's like I've been reborn
Brand nеw days"
Brand New ♡ Xiumin (EXO)
Team Sweet · From KPJ Charts
10 (@RUNAWAY, @ohnostalgia, @ohdenny, @Attis)
9.75 (@askew) / 9.5 (@Glitterizer, @boom bazooka joe)
9 (@Slice of Life, @drod93, @Ana Raquel, @MmmDani, @Wills, @junglefish)
4.5 (@Untouchable Ace) / 4 (@TéléDex )
3 (@soratami) / 2 (@eccentricsimply)
My Score: 9.5
30 ⬂ 31 ⬀ 27 ⬀ 20
AY PUT YOUR HANDS UP! YOU MUST BE GETTIN’ ON THE FAME (sic?)! It’s Xiumin from EXO finally making his solo debut after a decade with the group. I love Brand New and I’m frankly baffled by the amount of people that seem to… not ffff I little #trivia: the hype man doing the little chants (which I’m sure is a factor for some people’s dislike, because you all hate fun or weird) is Yoo Youngjin, the vocal teacher of several SM idols, and he co-composed and co-produced the song as well.
@eccentricsimply (2) says: “I'm giving this the exact same score I gave it in the KSOTY and a similar commentary: props to him for the fun song, but I don't enjoy it and it sounds like a SuJu reject. I don't like his voice and I also don't care much for him individually. I think it's funny that SM will give a solo to just about anyone if they ask, though.“ Now that you mention it, that’s one of the best things about them. The shade here though ffff
@Untouchable Ace (4.5) mentions “unpleasant elements, especially the obnoxious bass that sounds like it's coming out of a car.” His retro brazilian funk serve! @Salami (6) paints us a mosaic of supposed influences: “It starts off like it's a PSY or 2PM song, and then it goes into SHINee. It doesn't sound all over the place, but it doesn't feel very original.” @nikkysan (6.5) goes a bit more genre-specific: ”Wish I liked this more than I do as Miami/Atlanta Bass is a subgenre I love seeing explored in k-pop (i.e. WooWoo by DIA, Blue Lemonade by Red Velvet, Moonlight Sunrise by TWICE) but the melody is too restrained.”
@enjoy (7) says: “ehhhh i don't know, why don't i remember any of these songs other than the feeling of mild enjoyment dd?” What’s “these songs” bestie?? @Christopher (7.5) joins them and calls it “Pleasant.” @chrisjche (7.5) is pleasantly surprised: “It's cute! He's never been a standout member of EXO for me, so I had low expectations for a solo debut, but I do enjoy this!”
Now finally the people with taste, hehe. @MmmDani (9) found another new favorite: “On first listen I had to double check that I was still on the right playlist. It’s so unique among these other tracks. It’s gold.” More unintentional shade to the songlist, this year was bad for me!! @boom bazooka joe (9.5) mentions a diva once again: “The Tinashe of K-Pop, I fear!” DIA wishes! @Attis (10) passes divine judgment: “People hating this song won't enter heaven or hell btw, their soul will stuck in lightless limbo of void” And Brand New will be playing there.
Every time you say “this one’s been called for” I keep getting annoyed it’s going to be Ballroom Extravaganza. You know what you’re doing!