Being the current bias group of The Bias List has its advantages, and just like their big brother group Infinite, Golden Child are going to get the full-album review treatment. (Plus, back in the summer when it seemed like Golcha was never going to come back, I promised on twitter to run this feature!)
So for the next few days, I’ll be offering my thoughts (and ratings) on every one of Re-boot’s tracks.
1. Re-boot // 2. Wannabe // 3. Lately // 4. Compass // 5. No Matter What // 6. A Song For Me // 7. Spring Again // 8. She’s My Girl // 9. Our Heaven // 10. Fantasia // 11. Don’t Run Away // 12. Go Together
As Golden Child teased their album track by track over the past week, Lately (느껴져) was the song I was most looking forward to. Its propulsive, anthemic qualities are right in my wheelhouse, and a style I would love to see the group pursue for future title tracks. The combination of soaring synth strings, chugging percussion and searing guitar is unbeatable in my book, and a galvanizing backbone for Golden Child’s vocalists to really let loose. There’s something about this song that feels very suited to the Japanese market, which is a quality I could also pinpoint in a lot of Infinite’s music.
Lately’s robust, ascending chorus is pure bliss, but the post-chorus refrain is even better. Joochan and Y are a dynamite duo of main vocals, and hearing them trade off lines with the utmost of ease is very satisfying. I’m actually surprised that this is a 1Take & TAK production, as I’ve rarely heard this pair craft something so streamlined. No unnecessary trap breaks or future bass blips here — just pure momentum. Though I definitely prefer it over Wannabe, I’m not sure that Lately has the qualities to be a title track by K-pop standards. Still, it’s one of Re-boot’s undisputed highlights, and the kind of song that has made me such a fan of Golden Child.