Okay-pop’s title tracks may acquire most of listeners’ consideration, however many album tracks are value equal highlight. I name these “buried treasures.”
Past this, Okay-pop’s albums ship hundreds of extra tracks that accept a extra restricted viewers. It’s these songs that may change into part of my “battle of the b-sides” characteristic.
On this characteristic, I’ll be placing on my A&R hat and taking a pay attention to 5 randomly-selected Okay-pop b-sides. I’ll write a mini evaluation for every, together with a Bias Checklist score, and rank them from least to most favourite. The winner will be part of a particular Bias Checklist B-side playlist. Consider it like my very own little company, hand-selecting songs I’d wish to pitch to my nonexistent artists!
You’ll be able to try all rounds of my Battle of the B-sides right here!
That is what I’d name a vibey b-side. It’s not designed to be the large centerpiece of an album, however its breezy vitality and stable, mid-tempo bounce is relentlessly nice. The group has undoubtedly discovered stronger melodies than this (the refrain is especially repetitive), however it’s tough to dislike a tune this chipper. This sound can also be an important match for the lighter sides of the members’ tones.
That is such a signature fashion for GFriend. It’s ornate and plush whereas sustaining a way of caprice that stops it from collapsing beneath the burden of its personal fussiness. As with Glow, I don’t assume this is without doubt one of the group’s stronger melodies. The tune largely traces traces we’ve heard earlier than of their work. However, the bundle is wrapped in such pretty bows. It swells and surges after which pulls again once you don’t anticipate it to.
Wanna Be (2018)
It’s two instances in a row we’ve had an OST tune as a part of this characteristic! Wanna Be is utter pop fluff, and that’s tremendous. It’s lacking the weightier parts that usually make GFriend’s music so pleasing and that stops it from being a discography standout. Nonetheless, these songs often have a particular mission relating to the drama scenes they’re soundtracking. Wanna Be casts off an harmless, carefree vibe with whole confidence.
Fall In Love (2016)
Now we’re speaking! Early GFriend has a particular place in my coronary heart, whether or not we’re speaking about title tracks or b-sides. This isn’t even one of many stronger songs from their first album, however I like its refreshing sound and plush, melodic refrain. Critically… that refrain simply retains going! Once you assume it’s completed, one other candy sequence of hooks rush in to maintain the momentum aloft. All we want is a guitar solo and Yuju energy observe to seal the deal. Alas, neither materializes.
Gone With The Wind (2016)
Again within the early days of this weblog, I didn’t write practically as many “buried treasures” as I do now, which means a ton of nice 2016 b-sides handed by with out a full evaluation. Gone With The Wind is one in all these treasures and replicates so lots of the sides I like about GFriend’s early sound. I like its off-kilter construction and unpredictable melody traces. Then, there’s that flawless mix of highly effective and harmless – neither excessive overplaying its hand. And in contrast to Fall In Love, we get each a guitar solo and a Yuju energy observe. How spoiled we have been!
Fifth: Wanna Be
Second: Fall In Love
First: Gone With The Wind
Congratulations to GFriend’s Gone With The Wind – the fifty-sixth winner of my Battle of the B-sides!
Readers, what do you assume? Did you uncover any hidden gems? Go away your individual rating within the feedback!