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
If I were comparing the songs on Re-boot to past Golden Child material, Compass (나침반) would be the album’s Lady. Of course, it doesn’t have the magic touch of Sweetune, whose absence is definitely felt, but up-and-coming producers TENTEN have shown themselves to be of the same general aesthetic. Compass is the kind of synth-drenched mid-tempo that Golden Child pull off so well. It’s an immensely pleasurable pop song, comforting and richly melodic. The chorus represents the kind of full-throated, fleshed out composition I always look for, pounding forward with a satisfying stomp and gorgeous, shimmering synths.
One of the (many) reasons I love Golden Child is Joochan’s vocals. He’s got a very clean, pure tone that’s just so pleasant to listen to. For me, he steals the show during Compass’s beautifully constructed verses. He also gets a chance to close the track with a strong power note, adding to the anthem-like quality of the melody. I could see this song being a huge grower in the weeks to come (not that I don’t like it already!).