It’s hard to believe there was a time when Brown Eyed Girls were gifting K-pop with mainstream blockbusters like Abracadabra and ambitious opuses like Sixth Sense. The group – and its members – has since moved on to more niche material, including a genre-hopping covers album late last year. Solo releases have been infrequent, and generally outside the mainstream. That’s completely fine. After all, at this stage in their careers, no one in the group has anything to prove to the K-pop industry.
Leader JeA has found a successful formula by pairing with a popular female rapper for her most recent title tracks. Last year, she enlisted Cheetah for the powerful Dear Rude. Now, she’s paired with Mamamoo’s Moonbyul for the jazzy Greedyy. It’s an intimidating duo, for sure, but the song itself feels a bit slight by comparison.
I think some of that is just down to personal taste. I’m not a huge fan of this kind of piano-led – almost vaudevillian – pop music. In the case of Greedyy, it’s mixed with more straightforward r&b, and is greatly improved upon by JeA’s always-solid vocals. Moonbyul makes a nice foil, offering a contrasting tone and flow that matches the nimble instrumental. And though I don’t see myself playing this often, I do enjoy the chorus. It’s got a satisfying, sassy groove to it, and becomes even more irresistible as the percussion amps up during the climax. In some ways, Greedyy feels like a more restrained compliment to Brown Eyed Girls’ cheeky Warm Hole from back in 2015, or even a nostalgic look back at Mamamoo’s debut-era material.
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I think this is highly entertaining and charming. Sure, it isn’t for everyone, more likely to be for theater geeks who either can or like to imagine they can play this on the piano and do a little tap dance. Which is to say, people like me. I dig songs I can imagine tap dances too. (Wham “Wake me up before you go go” is a good one.)
There was a song released a couple months ago by Stella Jang “Villain” that had a similar vibe, but for me was 2 minutes too long, too kitschy. Wha, how is that possible?
This one is just right! (for me)
I personally found Villain to be so cloying, including the trying-to-be-deep English lyrics. But I know it had a lot of fans.
Hey Nick, I think this song is basically created for you, it is a few years old but it is sounding like old sweetune.
Oh yes, big fan of this one. I never got a chance to review it when it came out, but it’s been on my playlist for a good long while. Have they ever released anything else?
That is why I showed this, they have a ‘coming soon’ comeback and hopefully they can gain attention if you review them this time around. October 2018 was the month of underrated kpop groups
It is Ok..
I am a fan of Brown Eyed Girls and therefore my opinion will surely be partial but I already have the song stuck in my head and I feel it very refreshing. Ofc IU mark and the quirky style of Jea are familiar and comfortable but what makes this song memorable to me is the theme of greed that it addresses and how it parallels food and the socially unacceptable of a “gluttonous/ambitious woman”. Sure, throwing criticism through playful concept is common for BEG, but I find this piece and its choir spellings especially charming and catchy.