In a K-pop climate filled with copycats, an old-school musical concept feels like a breath of fresh air. It’s a pity, then, that The Pink Lady is only a project group to promote a Korean staging of hit U.S. musical Grease. I don’t know if God Girl is a one-off or the first in a series of releases, though a “brother” group has been teased for the future. The Korean versions of Sandy and Danny seem inevitable.
For now, God Girl has only surface ties to the Grease oeuvre. Yes, the girls are each performing under a stage name lifted directly from the musical, but their debut is no straight cover of Summer Nights or You’re The One That I Want. Instead, God Girl is typical K-pop as seen through a retro lens. Its playful production recalls debut-era Mamamoo, offering a showcase for robust harmonies and impressive vocal runs.
The instrumental bounds with energy, never staying in one place for too long. Tempo changes abound, with an energetic brass section taking the lead as the song swerves fearlessly from segment to segment. This whiplash-inducing structure limits God Girl’s melodic appeal, but its jazz-hands ready chorus provides an exciting rush that ties it all together. I also love its Broadway finish, which slows the pace for a curtain call moment that fully embraces The Pink Lady’s theatrical concept. This certainly won’t be for everyone, but I’d rather groups like this go niche than hitch themselves to trends in an attempt to please the mainstream. I only hope we get to hear more from them before the Korean run of Grease is over.
That’s a fun song! It might never make # 1, but good on them for doing something unique and fully committing to it. I look forward to hearing more from them.
Their name however brings back memories of my high school days when Pink Lady was a singing duo on TV. Yes, this was an actual show… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcJGGRyeLuQ
I’m rlly pleasantly surprised to see this song here! It popped up on my youtube recommended shortly after its release and I definitely enjoyed it but I wasn’t expecting to find reviews for it.
I was also wondering if you’ve listened to and possibly your thoughts on Don’t by Hwasa x Loco, instagram by Dean, and Mianhae(Sorry) by Heize. I know most are artists you’ve had mixed opinions on in the past, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned from reading ur reviews it’s that that brand of music (kind of slow, lazy, atmospheric and sometimes rather forgettable) which I tend to enjoy is definitely not your taste in music (which there’s nothing wrong with! god is it hard to convey tone through text). I’m also nowhere close to musically knowledgeable in any way (tone deaf and played the recorder for 3 years), so everything kind of just falls down to personal taste. Still, these are three I’ve been loving recently and I’m always curious about what others think. (I’m also kind of a sucker for anything by Minseo or Lee Jin-Ah)
Sorry for such a late reply! To be honest, I think I’ve heard all three of those songs at some point but, like you said, they’re just really not my thing. I know that that Hwasa x Loco song was huge in Korea, though. I probably should’ve reviewed it!
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