While the vocals in many of their peers’ tracks can sometimes feel like accessories to the beat or concept, Mamamoo puts the singing front and center. No need for electronic builds or breakdowns when a robust vocal harmony can get the job done even more effectively. It’s a commendable, even old-fashioned, characteristic of their music, and makes them instantly identifiable among the many girl groups flooding the kpop market.
You’re The Best effectively replicates the fun pop/r&b sound of last year’s breakout Um Oh Ah Yeah and uses those vocals to great effect. It’s a song that feels alive and dynamic, with a beat that filters in and out as the structure demands it. I love the simmering breakdown before each chorus, buffered by vigorous harmonies. The touches of Crazy In Love brass — both subtle and bombastic — add to the track’s energy and drive, providing exclamation points on an already exciting production.
I also appreciate that the rap, in particular main rapper Moonbyul’s parts, is sprinkled widely throughout the track. I’ve always liked Moonbyul’s confident style, but at times it’s seemed like she’s been left with little to do for large segments of past singles. Here, everyone feels like a vital part of the production. Part of me does wish that You’re The Best sounded even slightly different than the group’s past couple of singles, but it’s hard to argue with a formula that’s working so well.