Winner has come back with no less than three title tracks, and the promise of more to come throughout the year. Of the three, Baby Baby probably makes the most impact, while Sentimental is happy being a looser, more fun addition to their discography.
The track plays with Winner’s image and essentially turns them into an indie rock band. This makes sense given leader Kang Seung Yoon’s rock past, and Sentimental probably would have worked equally well as a solo for him. This being YG, there is also an emphasis on hip hop, both in the full-on rap portions as well as the sing-speak that makes up most of the verses. It’s a nice, light sound and seems to take itself less seriously than some of the material produced by YG artists. For a group with a more mature, serious image, this sense of playfulness is a great choice for Winner at this stage in their career.
At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the chorus. It has a lazy feel to it. That isn’t to say that it feels unfinished or inconsequential, but it’s not the kind of melody that draws attention to itself or becomes a focal point. It’s breezy and incredibly casual — just kind of tossed out to the wind. Though it might not hit you over the head on first listen, it’s actually a pretty cool delivery, and will likely ensure that the track enjoys some nice longevity.