As a companion to my Top Ten Singles lists, it’s time to look at some of the best album tracks and b-sides from the best artists. Though Block B haven’t released as many b-sides as most of their contemporaries, for them it’s a matter of quality over quantity. Here are ten of their best.
Round & Round (B-Bomb + U-Kwon)
Where Are You (Taeil solo)
10. Nice Day (from Very Good – 2013)
Bringing a palpable sense of funk with its loose drum lines and brass section, Nice Day countered the harder-edged sound of its title track with an unabashed sense of joy.
9. Wanna B (from New Kids On The Block – 2011)
With its insistent electro crunch, Wanna B stands as a highlight of the group’s early sound. Not particularly inventive, but a whole lot of fun.
8. Action (from Welcome To The Block – 2012)
Released in both an original and remixed version, Action throws back to a retro hip-hop style. Its bright synths and break beat cast the group in full party mode.
7. It Was Love (Taeil Solo) (from Blooming Period – 2016)
Originally recorded by f(x)’s Luna, Taeil’s version of the plaintive ballad deftly mixes a sense of the delicate and the soaring. His incredible falsetto adds layers to an already gorgeous song.
6. Walkin’ In The Rain (from Blooming Period – 2016)
Composed by member Park Kyung, Walkin’ In The Rain showed a newly mature, midtempo side to the guys’ sound with its easy shuffle and lilting melody.
5. Halo (from New Kids On The Block – 2011)
As part of their debut mini album, Halo offset some of the group’s poppier tracks with a bass-heavy hip-hop assault. Its early 2000’s sound holds just enough nostalgia to be a fun ride.
4. Secret Door (from Secret Door OST – 2014)
Secret Door’s adrenaline-fueled hip-hop and electric guitar attack forgoes the ballad stereotype that defines most OSTs. It’s stronger than many of the tracks on their actual albums.
3. Unordinary Girl (from H.E.R – 2014)
The entire H.E.R mini album moved the group towards a more funk-oriented sound, and Unordinary Girl kicked it off with a throwback soul melody and charisma to spare.
2. Movie’s Over (from Blockbuster – 2012)
One of the most effective ballads the group has recorded, marrying their unique blend of vocals and rap with a surging, anthemic melody.
1. Mental Breaker (from Blockbuster – 2012)
Right up with their very best title tracks, Mental Breaker is the blockbuster single that never was. It’s the most euphoric-sounding song in their catalog, with an immense, pure pop influence that never feels cheesy or generic. The explosions of backing vocals that herald the chorus are absolute bliss.