Most of the time, a k-pop group’s title track is the best song on their album. But, sometimes b-sides deserve recognition too. In the singles-oriented world of K-pop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve.
Overall, I found IZ*ONE’s new album BlOOM*IZ to be a downgrade from last year’s super-solid HEART*IZ. Too many of the songs rely on the kind of chirpy, aegyo-baiting delivery that makes them feel more inconsequential than they should. With that said, there are a few strong hooks to be found. I love the chorus of album-closer Open Your Eyes, and Destiny is a refreshing return to the melodic Iggy/Youngbae sound that highlighted GFriend’s debut era.
However, Daydream stands heads and tails above the tracks surrounding it. IZ*ONE opt for a more refined sound here, as the song kicks up an addictive electro groove. Anchored by a strong bassline, the girls offer an airy performance that feels effortless. I particularly love the production during the chorus, which brings in some interesting percussion that dials the excitement up a notch. The instrumental continues to build as Daydream goes on, adding keys and rhythm guitar to deepen the groove. This culminates in an excellent dance break that does a good job setting up the final chorus. I wonder if a song like this would ever be considered for title track treatment. It doesn’t really fit IZ*ONE’s image or concept, but I think it would really help them stand out.
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