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Song Review: Lucy – Jogging

Korean band Lucy gained prominence through 2019 survival show JTBC SuperBand, resulting in a debut earlier this year. I never wrote about Flowering, though I thought it was a refreshing rock track that took ample advantage of the fact they have a violinist as part of their roster. If I had it my way, Lucy would lean hard into this appeal and make it their calling card. Unfortunately, follow-up track Jogging (조깅) feels much more in line with what you’d expect from a typical Korean indie band.

Jogging places more focus on percussion than ornate violin accents. Strings are still present, of course, but they no longer form the backbone of the song. Instead, Lucy deliver a wispy, jazzy pop track suited for the summer. Its individual pieces are interesting. The sprightly instrumental works up quite a frenzy, rarely pausing for breath. The vocals are strong and impassioned, echoing the frantic energy of the manic synth loop that opens the track. And when the violin gets a chance to shine during the bridge’s breakdown, Jogging comes to life.

However, when all of these elements come together, they kind of cancel each other out. Jogging ends up sounding quite forgettable despite having so much going on. I think the culprit here is melody. Jogging is assured, but never delivers the killer melody that might help it stand out. Instead, much of the song comes across as an extended jam session. It’s easy to appreciate the skill on display, but Jogging never grabs you by the collar and pulls you in.

 Hooks 7
 Production 8
 Longevity 8
 Bias 7
 RATING 7.5

4 thoughts on “Song Review: Lucy – Jogging

  1. I had such high expectations after “Flowering” that listening to this track made me feel like my lungs were filled with cotton. “Jogging” isn’t bad, but I felt like I couldn’t breathe listening to it.

    “Flowering” is such a good nostalgic track and I desperately wanted more of that beautiful violin with this comeback. Ah well. Maybe next comeback.

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  2. I really hate that hook, that staccato carnival thing. The best part of the song is from about 1:50 to about 2:35 when it can hardly be heard above the groove. Oh, but then a variation of the hook reappears again on the violin solo, and then just to kill me it repeats the hook one more time =with feeling= for the outro.

    “Flowering” never clicked with me either. The song had moments. But the hook for it is also a grating staccato thing. Also, as someone who lives in fiddle country, and every other local band has a fiddle in the lineup, I couldn’t / can’t get my head around what role the violin is playing in this band. I have no doubt this guy can play very well. But the main buhm–ba-buhm theme is a bit childish for a violin. And then the violin solo didn’t settle in to the rest of the song. Its as if they haven’t found what voice the violin adds to the band lineup. So I thought at the time, I’ll wait and see.

    (For example, consider this gem, with the violin starting on the second verse ‘https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogA7pgfUprg (Not fair! Not fair! That’s Mark O’Connor on fiddle!))

    I don’t think this song answers my conundrum. I shall wait further and see.

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  3. Though I did like the song, I do have to agree with you. The contrasting tones make the whole song stuffy, and it really doesn’t have much staying power. Good for a summer day, ok for any other. Basic seasonal song.

    (And this is unrelated but, are you thinking of reviewing M.O.N.T’s recent comeback, Boom Bang? It came out two weeks ago, though it might have just flew under your radar. With a lot of summer comebacks being released, I can see why ^^)

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