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Song Review: Chungha – Everybody Has

Despite only being home to two artists, MNH Entertainment has kicked off a digital platform similar to SM Entertainment’s Station. New.wav mirrors Station’s execution, if not its scope, offering a chance for the agency’s artists to showcase strengths that might not usually poke through in their title tracks. For girl group BVNDIT, that meant tackling a retro English-language pop track that was as addictive as it was cheesy. For Chungha, it means going down the ballad route.

Chungha has recorded a few ballads before, but they often get placed on the tail end of her albums. As a performer more famous for her skills as a dancer, it’s appealing to hear songs that focus solely on her vocals. I’ve been critical of this aspect in past title tracks. I feel like her music too often forces her to sing in a higher key than it should. But, a song like Everybody Has (솔직히 지친다) proves that she’s got chops. The song places her in a comfortable range, playing to her strengths and resulting in a satisfying ballad.

Unfortunately, Everybody Has is still a ballad – or to be more accurate, a mid-tempo. And, it’s a pretty run-of-the-mill midtempo, at that. Korea is flush with this kind of material, especially if you look at the digital charts. The arrangement and melody are very subdued, even with the injection of OST-style strings. The instrumental feels muted, perfectly designed for coffee shops and rainy days. As solid as Chungha’s performance is, it’s hard to feel immersed in the song’s languid melody. Structurally and aesthetically, it all blends together like a watercolor. If that’s your thing, Everybody Has will likely have long-term appeal. For me, the song is more showcase than standout.

 Hooks 6
 Production 7
 Longevity 7
 Bias 6
 RATING 6.5

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7 thoughts on “Song Review: Chungha – Everybody Has

  1. I will have to disagree on one minor point which is “singer A’s songs are too high for them”. This is a statement more often raised by fans of a very big girl group (um) but when we look at how they sing and the actual range of the song it will become obvious that such complaints are invalid. In Chungha’s case I think the problem has always been her nasalness, to me this is a easy way to achieve “stableness” when dancing, in exchange for quality of the vocals, of course.

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  2. Hey, Nick.. ..there seems to be a problem with the link. It’s suppose to lead to Chungha’s new song, but I think you “oopsa-daisy’d” and accidentally linked to some snooze-fest, advertisement for a romantic K-drama.

    Not a big deal. I’ll check back to catch the revised link; you know, the link that points to a music video that isn’t on a respirator fighting for its life. Thanks, bud! 😀

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  3. Straight ahead, uncomplicated pop music. I never have thought or worried much about Chungha’s vocal because it is competent simple light lyric soprano. Whoever picks her songs does a good job at picking pleasant pop songs that dont require a bravura performance, nothing too high or too belty or too anything. I haven’t listened closely to her oeuvre as her style isnt my style, but she puts on a good show and doesnt go off key, so, fine by me. In a way she is this generations Boa.

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      • Let me phrase it another way. To me, Chungha’s vocals are like a free glass of prosecco on a sunny day. Sure, it isn’t champagne, but it is free and bright and bubbly and in my hand right now, so who am I to go nitpicking about the terroir.

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