Yoo Seungwoo rose to fame as part of Korea’s Superstar K audition program. Like many singer-songwriter types, the show afforded him the kind of break usually reserved for more traditional idol groups. Last year, he signed with Starship Entertainment, which is better known for its hip-hop and r&b-oriented artists, as well as being home to major groups like Sistar.
Whatever is definitely not hardcore hip hop (even with Crucial Star’s involvement), but it does include a touch of r&b sprinkled over its acoustic base. Seungwoo’s light, pleasant voice immediately imbues the track with a sense of youth and innocence, even as the melody winds through all the points you’d expect it to. The song isn’t here to be a major statement. Instead, it’s the kind of sound that’s perfect for playing in the background on a summer’s drive.
That’s not to take anything away from it. Not every track has to hit you over the head to get your attention. The bright chorus is above average for a song of this ilk, assuring that it’s practically impossible to actively dislike Whatever. Still, the title is apt, since it’s just as easy to pass the track by without caring to investigate further. Because of this, the song walks a middle ground that should please, if not thrill, fans of almost any genre. In its own way, I guess that’s kind of a strength?