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Song Review: Nature – You’ll Be Mine

I’m not sure how or why I missed out on writing a review of Nature’s August debut Allegro Cantabile. I liked the track quite a bit, and over the course of a few weeks it became one of those steadily growing earworms. Korea didn’t exactly agree, as the girls have struggled to gain a foothold in the hyper-competitive realm of girl group debuts. Nevertheless, they’re back with second single You’ll Be Mine (썸), which stands out thanks to its disjointed structure.

The song’s stop-you-in-your-tracks, wtf energy doesn’t hit until its sledgehammer chorus. Up until that point, Mine is the kind of perky, sing-talk girl group fare that’s become ubiquitous in a post-Twice K-pop world. These overly familiar verses are tweaked a bit by a retro bassline that gives the track some groove. This is most effective as hip-hop takes precedence during the second verse. It also flows well with the higher-pitched pre-choruses, which effectively blend the girls’ innocent performance with perfectly placed percussion.

Even with its quirks, all of these segments feel perfectly normal — even generic — for this kind of girl group release. But, this is all torn to shreds when the heavy, EDM-influenced chorus hits. The first time through, this rough transition seems overly jarring. But, once you know to expect it, the instrumental’s aggressive energy is kind of welcome. I wish the chorus involved more melody beyond the chant-heavy hook we get, but I much prefer it to the aegyo-infused delivery the group is peddling during the verses. In the future, I hope they can find a better balance between the two. That synergy would go a long way in establishing their brand in a crowded marketplace.

 Hooks 7
 Production 8
 Longevity 7
 Bias 8
 RATING 7.5

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3 thoughts on “Song Review: Nature – You’ll Be Mine

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  2. Don’t mind me commenting on old ass posts.. I am at work avoiding my responsibilities and started browsing your site.. so anyways I didn’t hear this song until like a week ago when my laptop suddenly started playing the live stage on youtube and I was instantly taken aback.. But like you said this song became more enjoyable once you become more acquainted to it and tbh it is similar to how i feel about Red Velvet’s RBB. Also yes, Gravity is a certified bop!

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    • I wish I could browse my site during work 😦 I’d get so much done (and maybe finally update those top ten title track lists!).

      Gravity is definitely the winner in this trio of songs you’ve mentioned. I remain mostly unimpressed with RBB. It gets stuck in my head all the time, but those damn vocal ad-libs just kill me.

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