Song Review: Astro – Baby

After completing their four seasons album release concept, boy group Astro are back with new producers, a (slightly) new sound and the next evolution of their boy-next-door pop takeover. As someone who was a massive fan of their work with the Iggy/Youngbae producer team, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little sad that they’ve changed direction so soon, but Baby retains much of the energy and melodic focus that made Astro my top rookie of 2016.

Borrowing from the tropical pop craze (when will it end?!?), Baby sees the group smooth out the more rambunctious pop leanings of their past work. The song’s synth-sprinkled bop feels like the boy group version of WJSN’s I Wish. The two tracks share a few of the same composers, so this makes sense. Though Baby‘s verses are ultimately less memorable than a song like Hide & Seek or Confession, they retain the anything-goes mix of playful melody and charismatic idol hip-hop that made those singles such a treat. Astro have been an extremely energetic group since their debut, and excel at taking a straightforward pop track and bettering it through the addition of their freewheeling, fun-loving vibe.

The first time through, I felt that Baby‘s chorus was too predictable. It doesn’t soar like I wish it would, too indebted to that tropical synth beat to paint outside the lines. But the track improves as it goes on, culminating in a final chorus that injects a bit of electric guitar to invigorating effect. In this way, Baby sneaks up on you. I anticipate that it will have strong staying power throughout the summer as it provides a solid stepping stone for Astro’s continued maturation as a group.

 Hooks  8
 Production  9
 Longevity 9
 Bias  9
 RATING  8.75

13 thoughts on “Song Review: Astro – Baby

  1. To be really honest, the first time I listened to this song, I’m a little bit disappointed, like I just expect more from them. But they are my bias group so I still feel obligation to at least help them stream the songs..but lo and behold, by the third listening (yes third, I still remember it clearly), this song already grew deep in me, rooted in my ears (and my heart) and still didn’t let go..


  2. Pingback: Buried Treasure: Astro – You Smile | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  3. Pingback: Top Three K-Pop Songs of May 2017 | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  4. Pingback: Top K-Pop Songs of 2017 (So Far) | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  5. Pingback: Song Review: Monsta X – Newton | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  6. Pingback: Song Review: Weki Meki – I Don’t Like Your Girlfriend | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  7. Pingback: 2017 in K-POP so far: Risers & Fallers | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  8. Pingback: Song Review: IN2IT – Amazing | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  9. Pingback: The Top 50 Best K-Pop Songs of 2017 (Day Three: 30-21) | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  10. Pingback: Song Review: N.Tic – Once Again | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  11. Pingback: Song Review: Spectrum – What Do I Do | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  12. Pingback: The Top Ten Best Songs by ASTRO | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.