Thus far, Suzy’s solo music has often been more about aesthetic than dynamic composition. She possesses the kind of soft vocal that lends itself well to this relaxing style, even if it’s not the type of thing to appeal to my tastes. This makes it difficult to review most of her work, as it feels more like reviewing a mood than an actual song. There’s just not a whole lot to write about.
This isn’t meant as a dig. After all, a song like Holiday is not attempting to shove a bunch of musical elements down your throat at once. It feels more like a slightly abstract watercolor painting, inviting listeners to gaze relaxedly and just kind of get lost in the pleasantness of it. And on those merits, Holiday‘s mellow vibe gets the job done. Its instrumental presents a luxurious soundscape of hushed synths and jazzy ornamentation, incorporating gentle percussion only during the chorus.
Suzy’s voice acts as yet another instrument, continually perched between a whisper and a serenade. JYP’s famed “half air, half sound” philosophy is on full display here, and it works well to foster the song’s ethereal tone. A mid-song rap verse by DPR Live feels a bit out of place within Holiday‘s otherwise light breeziness, but it’s brief enough not to totally upend the flow. As a whole, the song acts as an effective soundtrack for a certain type of listener. It may not be for me, but I can appreciate its tranquil nature.
This seems like a rare occasion where I disagree with you. I think the vibe of this song sits so well on suzy compared to anything else they have tried and going with the modern “chill” r&b ish vibe that Heize is kinda bringing back is a great move by JYP considering the market isn’t flooded with those types yet.
PS if you’re interested or have been paying attention would love to hear your thoughts on the original music from The Unit or Mixnine (I have found myself enamoured with various tracks from both shows, I think I like them more than most of the PD101 originals.)
I agree that it fits well with Suzy’s voice. It’s just not a sound that I particularly enjoy.
About The Unit/MIXNINE: Yes, I’ve been watching both and of course listening to all the music (except the last 4 Mixnine songs — still waiting for the English subs on the finale episode.)
My favorite song from both shows has definitely been “No Way.” I’m in love with that chorus!
I also like Cosmos a lot from The Unit, as well as After this Night and Stand By Me from MIXNINE. The song quality has been pretty high all around, especially from The Unit.