6.413 YEAR: 2019 LOVE TO HEAR IT: (9) @RUNAWAY (7.75) @thommyh (7.5) @Wills, @aux, @Joli Chat, @Crisp X HATE TO SEE IT: (0) @Empty Shoebox (3.5) @M24 (5) @junkos, @soratami (6) @Hurricane Drunk, @evilsin, @Ana Raquel AS FOR ME: it’s a 7.5 They had a (very) short reprieve, but were always on borrowed time – with all three tracks in our bottom seven, TARGET becomes the first act to bow out of the rate. This isn’t necessarily the way I’d have had it, but democracy has spoken! But eulogies can wait – for now, let’s chat about ‘Beautiful’, which I think is absolutely lovely. I mentioned this in the intro post, but it was the first Sweetune song I heard; to clarify, I’m sure I’d heard a number of others by that point, but ‘Beautiful’ was the first time I’d been aware of who produced it. In a way, it kind of established my idea of the Sweetune sound; granted, it set the bar a bit low in that respect, but I can’t help but have a lot of affection for it. As far as the song itself, the chorus is a gorgeous bit of classic songwriting. Both the melody and harmonies are strong here, and it has a few great production details, like the woozy transition into the second verse. I love that this refrain gets brought back later in the song – one of my favourite Sweetune hallmarks is when they introduce melodic ideas throughout a track, then layer them on top of each other toward the end. Originally, my score for this was going to be higher, possibly even hitting the 9 mark. What changed? It dawned on me that this track bears a lot of similarities to Golden Child’s ‘Lady’, which I consider much stronger. Now, every time I listen to ‘Beautiful’, I start thinking about how I could be listening to that instead – which makes it tough to truly appreciate the song. Nevertheless, I cherish this for the role it played in my Kpop journey and maintain that it’s a solid song in its own right. M24 doesn’t have much patience for this – “A snooze.” – but Monkey0 found something worth appreciating: “What elevates this is sentimental emotion of the chorus. Quite Christmassy.” Looks like we’re spending the leadup to Christmas axing all the most festive tracks! With that, we say goodbye to TARGET. Below is the video, which has a lovely colour scheme, but a few too many lingering shots of dead-eyed smiles. It’s almost like they knew this was their last chance to slide into the forum’s good graces.