Song Review: Taemin – Want

Nowadays, K-pop song descriptions often lead with genre classification. Track A is a “cheerful song of the tropical house genre,” or Track B is a “dance song based on elements of trap and future house.” It’s as if the actual melodic construction and performance are secondary to the buzzword a title track can hitch itself to. With that said, it was extremely refreshing to read that Taemin’s Want would be of the “space disco” genre. We don’t see a lot of artists promoting their music as “disco,” and the style seems especially well-suited to a performer like Taemin.

In reality, Want’s instrumental borrows heavily from space disco’s synthy brew, but its general vibe feels more like a sequel to 2017’s Move. This is a moody track, but not in the same format that most boy group releases tend to follow. There’s a steady pulse to the instrumental, and that’s where we hear the disco influence. Right from the start, Want vibes on its sinuous groove. Unlike so many songs of the past few years, it rarely strays from this arrangement. Additional elements are brought in during the chorus to give the hook more punch, but overall the production has an uncluttered, old-school appeal.

Want’s melody is just as straightforward. From verse to chorus, the entire song hinges on one single refrain, run through just enough variations to distinguish between sections. I can’t quite decide if I like this approach or not. Part of me longs for more melodic variety, or at the very least a standout bridge that might offer a disruptive climax and bring the song to a new level. But, Taemin unveils each segment with such magnetism and smooth precision. He manages to make the most simple of arrangements compelling through the sheer force of his charisma. I’m hedging my bets when it comes to Want‘s rating, but I think this will prove to be a pretty big grower.

 Hooks 8
 Production 9
 Longevity 9
 Bias 9
 RATING 8.75



9 thoughts on “Song Review: Taemin – Want

  1. I love the song. To me it is like a mix of the sound/ feeling Move and Press your number. Taemin knows and sings songs that suit him. Come to think of it, his music reminds me of The Weeknd in some parts.

    Absolutely love Artistic Groove and Never Forever as well.

    And the song will definitely grow on you even more.

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  2. I’m not normally a fan of Taemin’s solo work though I have a lot of respect for his skills as a dancer and a singer. I definitely think this is kinda successor to Move and I’m here for it. That thumping bass is addictive and the vibe is dark and gorgeous. It may be my favourite track of his after first listen (confirmed by a few more). I see your qualms with the lack of difference between the verse to chorus but I think it’s done well in this case. I’m a sucker for a sexy mid tempo (Love Shot I think will remain one of my favourite EXO songs ever I’m certain) and this production is incredible in that way and the performance from Taemin is even more alluring. I’m about it


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