Woollim Entertainment really missed the chance to give Lovelyz a comeback right after their stint on Queendom, but timing has never been the agency’s strength. However, the series finally gave more spotlight to the group’s individual members. Most casual fans probably have a set image of Lovelyz, but there are contrasting charms hidden within their cheerful, innocent veneer. Ryu Sujeong may not be the group’s main vocal, but her huskier tone offers a needed contrast to the brighter styles that power most of their music.
Tiger Eyes gives Sujeong a chance to shine on her own for the first time, unencumbered from expectations. The song plays like a sonic sequel to Solar’s Spit It Out, released last month. That track had far less staying power than I would have expected, mostly due to its repetitive nature. I fear the same will happen to Tiger Eyes. It’s a song driven by attitude and a sense of “cool.” But like most tracks of its nature, the mood is more important than the melody.
Don’t get me wrong, Sujeong sells this mood. It’s wonderful to hear her take the reins of a genre like this. She is indeed cool, and so is the tense, pulsing beat that underlines much of the song. Though nowhere near as catchy, the throbbing verses remind me a bit of Kylie Minogue’s early-00’s hit Can’t Get You Out Of My Head. Their arrangement is hypnotic. Yet, if you listen to the first twenty seconds of Tiger Eyes, you’ve pretty much heard how the whole track will sound. This repetition makes Eyes’ second half feel inessential, and I’ll admit I start to lose interest around verse two. A more daring structure would have helped. The song lacks a climax, which means there’s nothing for it to be building towards. The groove is satisfying, and Sujeong’s vocals are alluring, but Tiger Eyes leaves an odd sense of unfulfillment once it’s over.
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