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Random Shuffle Review: Kang Seung Yoon (Winner) – Wild & Young

With over 2,300 songs on my iPhone’s “K-Pop Singles” playlist, I thought it would be fun to add a bit of unpredictability to my song review posts. So as a result, we have the brand new “Random Shuffle Review” feature.

The rules are simple. I fire up my playlist, press “shuffle,” and whatever song plays first gets the full Bias List treatment!


Year Released: 2013

I remember watching YG’s Who Is Next series (which would result in the formation of Winner) in late 2013 and being so excited that Kang Seung Yoon was a participant. This was before anyone knew how Winner would sound. Our only hints were Seung Yoon’s trio of digital singles and his stint on Superstar K. Being a massive fan of the rock-infused side of YG artists’ output, 2013 was a pretty epic year. Wild & Young dropped about a month before G-Dragon’s epic masterpiece Crooked, and these two songs soundtracked much of the year for me.

Kang Seung Yoon has a perfectly gritty voice for rock music, and it’s a shame we haven’t heard it used this way in quite some time. Wild & Young surrounds his vocals with a chugging guitar riff that feels powerful and assured even as the BPM is more laid-back. The track surges with anthemic drive, building to an irresistible sing-along chorus that blends seamlessly with the more subdued refrain that follows. Though the melody is pure pop, the production retains an edge that makes Wild & Young stand out when compared to most idol rock. It’s a close race, but this just may be my favorite of all Winner’s songs — even though it’s a solo pre-debut release.

 Hooks 9
 Production 10
 Longevity 9
 Bias 10
 RATING 9.5

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8 thoughts on “Random Shuffle Review: Kang Seung Yoon (Winner) – Wild & Young

  1. It’s kinda a shame that YG hasn’t let him do more solo stuff since Winner’s debut. I would love to hear what his sound is now.
    I got really into It Rains when it came out. I was in Korea when it came out and it was quite refreshing to hear a rock ballad when everything else coming out was electro pop.

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  2. hope you get to do more feature on Winner. They’re pretty busy nowadays. Just wrapped up their North American tour last month, too. We are currently waiting for their comeback album.
    Oh, and still waiting for Kang Seung Yoon’s solo album.

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