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
For me, the undisputed king of Golden Child ballads is still last year’s All Day. But, Go Together comes pretty close. Apart from Joochan’s solo, this is Re-boot’s only real ballad, and it’s a unit track featuring Jaehyun, Jibeom and Bomin. Other than Jibeom, they’re not the members I would’ve expected to deliver a song like this, but the pairing works wonders.
Right off the bat, Go Together hits us with Bomin singing more than one line! And, he’s performing in a comfortable register! Honestly, this is kind of a revelation. No one else in Golcha has a voice that sounds close to his, and I really think it’s been wasted up until this point.
When it comes to pop ballads, I’ve really got to feel the drama. The song has to build to something — one of those big, confetti-drop moments.. Go Together does a good job at this, beginning as a quiet, piano-led track but adding orchestration as the melody blooms. There are some nice harmonies throughout, and the trio of distinct voices blend well together. I love the chorus on this one. It’s measured but stirring in an understated way. Go Together’s finale builds to some of Re-boot’s most ornate moments as a string section fades in to support some satisfying vocal ad-libs. I’ll always prefer dance tracks to ballads, but this hits all the marks I look for in a sentimental slow burn.
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