It’s been almost a year since Ha Sungwoon’s last comeback. That summer album showed a lot of promise, foregoing the tepid r&b of his solo debut for more adventurous sounds. Now, he’s back with the kind of funk-pop track I’d like to see K-pop’s moody boy groups tackle again. Get Ready isn’t perfect, but its upbeat energy and consistent arrangement make it a welcome summer treat.
I often rag on recent K-pop songs for delivering formless, lackluster verses. But, most of Get Ready’s appeal lies in the moments surrounding its chorus. Its verses pulse with a groovy bassline and percussive slap that imbues the track with a crackle of energy. The pre-chorus is even better, as Sungwoon appeals with his falsetto over a melody ripped straight from the blue-eyed soul playbook. Best of all, Get Ready never stalls its tempo. I guess that’s one of the benefits to being a soloist – no need to shoehorn in a momentum-killing rap break.
In comparison, Get Ready’s chorus is enjoyable, but I wish it was more fleshed out melodically. Instead, the track hinges on a looped instrumental hook, which stays just short of being obnoxious. This approach reminds me a lot of Dongkiz’s Lupin earlier this year. Get Ready brings a bit more to its chorus, but Sungwoon mostly just riffs off that instrumental rather than injecting a counter-melody that could make the track really pop. I have a feeling this will limit Get Ready’s replay value, though I will always be up for a blast of funky pop music.
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