Most of the time, a kpop group’s title track is the best song on their album. But, sometimes b-side tracks deserve recognition, too. In the singles-oriented world of kpop, I wanted to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve.
Despite not being entirely in line with what I would hope for in an NCT release, the group’s newest mini album is incredibly strong. It may not be filled with uptempo dance tracks, but its distinct blend of expertly produced hip-hop and r&b is so well-delivered that you barely notice. Standing out amongst its mainly mid-to-down tempo peers is the feel-good, party atmosphere of Good Thing.
We already got a taste of Good Thing last month when the group released a short fashion collaboration video. The song had instant potential, and the full version delivers. If Limitless is so engrossing due to its complex, layered arrangement, Good Thing succeeds in its simplicity. A repeated brass riff frames the track, but it’s supported by a nimble dance beat that feels like the successor to Shinee’s View. The song’s jubilant chorus is similarly uncomplicated, but the amount of mileage Good Thing can get out of its euphoric “woah-oh-oh” refrain is astonishing. Sometimes’s it’s better not to overthink a pop song. Good Thing feels universal. It’s also the most global-sounding piece of music the NCT project has given us yet (and not just because so much of it is delivered in English).