Song Review: B.O.Y – My Angel

Say what you will about the effects of Produce 101 (and believe me, I’ve had a lot to say on the matter), but its influence has reignited interest in idol acts that fall outside of the usual group configurations. Both soloists and duos have seen a resurgence in popularity, offering the chance for popular trainees to debut more quickly. Kim Kookheon and Song Yuvin released project single Blurry last August, and now the two have formed new duo B.O.Y (standing for “B Of You,” if you must know).

My Angel finds the guys in slightly more dynamic territory, adopting an emotive EDM backdrop that nonetheless plods along without many unexpected jolts. While I’m glad the guys didn’t opt for another straightforward ballad, My Angel is an oddly muddled experience. Its instrumental is at once abrasive and restrained, coming across as a less-memorable version of Seventeen’s superior Don’t Wanna Cry. It pulses with a fitful energy, yet never builds to the kind of peak that might make it stand out.

The same could be said about My Angel’s melody. The guys deliver an engrossing performance, and the track paints an engaging sentiment. But at the same time, I struggle to connect with any of its refrains. The chorus has potential in a big, belt-it-out kind of way, yet structures itself around a dull melody that never pushes itself to be interesting or unconventional. I wish the catchy synth line that opens the track had somehow acted as the catalyst for its hook. Instead, My Angel offers little to grab onto beyond the moody emoting of its protagonists.

 Hooks 7
 Production 8
 Longevity 8
 Bias 7

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One thought on “Song Review: B.O.Y – My Angel

  1. This song sounds like 12 other “chill” kpop songs that came out last year. I can’t name names, because I didn’t pay any mind to those either. As I wrote for “Blurry” last summer: “Pleasant”. I had to look it up, as I did not remember “Blurry”.

    Also, for a duo, this sounds like it is a full group sans rap line both in song selection and production. This is a detriment to them because a duo, as Nick says, is not common in kpop. There are a couple couples, but far fewer in number than the groups or the solos. An agency with a duo have the opportunity to play up their uniqueness and play one off the other, an opportunity which is lost here.


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