With over 3,000 songs on my iPhone’s “K-Pop Singles” playlist, I thought it would be fun to add a bit of unpredictability to my song review posts. So as a result, we have the “Random Shuffle Review” feature.
The rules are simple. I fire up my playlist, press “shuffle,” and whatever song plays first gets the full Bias List treatment!
Year Released: 2013
At their peak, Block B were one of those rare male idol groups who could also dominate the digital charts, but they weren’t an overnight success. Like many rookie groups, it took a few releases for them to really find their footing and place within the idol landscape. 2012’s NalinA and Nillili Mambo were huge breakouts for the guys, but in the long run Very Good may just end up being their most iconic song.
I find the goofy fun of tracks like H.E.R to be more versatile, but there’s no discounting Very Good’s rambunctious energy. The song declares its intent right from the start, as an aggressive wall of guitar distortion deposits us in a frenzied, freewheeling atmosphere perfectly suited to Block B’s miscreant charms. Talk about a group with an image and sound unlike any other! Very Good is like the rallying cry of rascals everywhere, powered by an endless sense of braggadocio that would become irritating if the guys weren’t so damn committed to the bluster.
Very Good’s hip-hop verses are… very good, and improved upon by a generous dose of rock guitar. But, the song really catches fire as we swerve into the pre-chorus build. It’s here that P.O. unleashes his hurricane-force growl, delivering a knockout K-pop-meets-screamo moment that effortlessly segues into a more melodic – yet equally powerful – hook. Very Good then drops into its titular chorus, but never sacrifices energy. The guitar is replaced by abrasive synths, mirroring the intensity of the verses but keeping things fresh with a different sonic palette. Smartly, the track forgoes an extended second verse, choosing to launch right back into its best bits as quickly as possible. Though easily digestible, the overall structure is actually unexpected, playing around with the length and placement of different pieces. This all works to Very Good’s distinctive, spontaneous appeal.
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