True to form, Stray Kids are promoting their first full album with a series of music videos. Last month’s Blueprint was a smart chose for summertime spotlight, though it doesn’t look like they’re actually going to perform it on music shows. Instead, that honor goes to Easy. Quite frankly, I’m not sure why.
Personally, I find this to be one of the album’s weakest tracks. But apart from my own opinion, the song just doesn’t do anything to expand the Stray Kids sound. There are much more interesting, single-ready tracks to promote from Go Live. Easy is… well… easy. It ticks off a number of current hip-hop trends, from ugly trap percussion to a distracting overuse of vocal effects. Its chorus has that hazy, drug-like aesthetic that’s become so popular in American hip-hop. I find it to be an utter buzzkill – almost depressing to listen to because it’s just so joyless.
The thing is, the album’s title track God’s Menu already hit many of these points in a much stronger, more convincing way. Following it with Easy feels reductive, as if Stray Kids are painting themselves in a corner. I get that this kind of musical sludge is popular with certain listeners. It’s just a shame when songs like Haven, Phobia, Ta and Pacemaker are sitting right there, begging to be given amazing music videos and live performances. Instead, Easy trudges forward, puffing up its chest in a lifeless attempt to look more serious and badass than it is. The only thing it has going for it is the strength of Stray Kids’ rap line. But, even they fight to be heard through the song’s excessive autotune.
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