TIE 7.423 YEAR: 2013 LOVE TO HEAR IT: (10) @thommyh (9.5) @aux (9) @junglefish, @vague (8.75) @codecat HATE TO SEE IT: (5) @Monkey0, @M24, @Empty Shoebox (6) @Wills, @Hurricane Drunk (6.5) @evilsin, @junkos AS FOR ME: it’s a 6 They’ve had some time away from the spotlight, but now, Lovelyz takes another hit. Like Jin’s ‘Gone’, ‘Delight’ was another pre-debut solo, this time featuring vocalist, rapper, and total babe Yoo Jiae. I’m not enough of a Lovelyz stan to know much about their line distributions etc., but based on YouTube comments, it sounds like Jiae’s been unfairly shafted. Hopefully Woollim sees this result and gives her a little more airtime – after all, while Jin couldn’t manage to clamber out of the bottom ten, Jiae nearly made it to the halfway point. Talent! I’m a bit surprised at my score for this – I was sure I’d given it at least half a point more. That said, I’m fine with this leaving now: lovely as it is, it feels pretty slight next to the competition. The production is bright, but a bit understated – rather than knock us about with instrumental hooks, it sets the mood while taking a backseat to Jiae’s vocals. It does crest occasionally with background strings and… drum hits that sound like gunshots??? Tonally I guess it’s a good fit for the lyrics (this is a very deceptively cheerful track), but damn Sweetune, that’s dark! Trigger warning for what I’m about to say: I love the male backing vocals here ddd. Jiae has a gorgeous, airy tone and sounds amazing, but her voice is so light, it threatens to float away. The background vox add some dimension to the mix and – I think – highlight the central star, rather than distract. So yeah, this is very good, and sis deserves more chances to go solo. Only one bit of commentary, and it’s from low-scorer Monkey0: “The vocals and music don't match very well. Ostensibly nasally.” I’ll defer to our resident Lovelinuses (Lovelini?) to rebut! Below is the video, which features B1A4’s Baro and is a most pleasing display of heterosexuality. I SCREAMED at Jiae’s lil kiss-off moment at the end though! He thinks you’re just being cute sis, but we read the lyrics, we know where this goes!!!