Review

Song Review: JBJ95 – Only One

December is the month of holiday releases, under-the-radar comebacks and special singles. It tends to result in a hodgepodge of new music, little of which I end up remembering a year later. Duo JBJ95 impressed me with this summer’s Spark, but unfortunately their Only One joins the pile of forgettable winter tracks.

For me, JBJ95’s albums have been really hit or miss. When the title track is strong (Spark, Home), the b-sides tend to underwhelm. And when the title track leaves me wanting more (Awake), the rest of the album compensates. Only One feels like one of those late-album snoozers that goes in one ear and out the other. The song has a decent chorus, and smartly opens with its catchiest refrain. However, the entire instrumental has a drowsy, uninspired energy. The guys are clearly professing their undying love, but why must it sound so gloomy?

Most of Only One’s issues can be found in its uninspired instrumental. The track hinges on a repeated guitar strum, so melancholic that it drags everything else down around it. Trap-style percussion further drains the instrumental of dynamics, offering a skitter of brittle beats when Only One should be settling into a groove of its own. Kenta and Sanggyun try to wring some life from this maudlin affair, but it’s not an easy task. Kenta’s vocals are more strongly suited to the material and bring a redeeming warmth to the chorus. Still, this song feels like the quintessential lump of coal in a stocking. I love the guys (and a large chunk of their discography), but this is not the present I had on my wish list.

 Hooks 6
 Production 5
 Longevity 6
 Bias 6
 RATING 5.75

Be sure to add your own rating by participating in the poll below!

One thought on “Song Review: JBJ95 – Only One

  1. I agree – for me JbJ95 is hit or miss. I download about every other release from them.

    This one sounds like a springtime b-side release, not a December single. I think you were a little bit harsh, maybe by up to a point, but directionally correct.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.