Last time we heard r&b soloist Wheesung, he was giving us a powerful, theatrical ballad-with-a-beat, so when Hold Over opens with EXID’s LE spitting an attitude-filled monologue, it comes as a bit of a surprise. In fact, the whole track sounds like it might have been at home on EXID’s latest album.
Hold Over coasts along a light, discofied r&b groove. Its melody is about as simple as you can get, with an easy, heavily repeated refrain. This guarantees its catchiness in the short term, but limits its potential to grow with time. The best thing I can say about the track is that every person will, at the very least, like it. There’s nothing ballsy or different enough to split opinion, but because of that, there’s nothing to latch onto either. What Wheesung has given us is a song we’ve heard countless times before. It’s always a treat, but it can be found just about everywhere.
This makes Hold Over a bit hard to rate. Nothing about the production or performance stands out as being awful, but the track’s limited ambition deflates any excitement I might feel towards it. Perhaps a stronger, more dynamic melody — or unique, irresistible groove — would cause the song to find an identity of its own. As it stands now, I can’t see myself returning to Hold Over as often as I would other tracks in Wheesung’s discography. That said, I wouldn’t necessarily skip it on a summer playlist, either.