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.
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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!
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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i think what would’ve made this chorus even better was if the “la la la” part had some form of lyrics instead of, you know, “la la la,” but its fine as it is