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



4 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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