With over 3,000 songs on my iPhone’s “K-Pop Singles” playlist, I thought it would be fun to add a bit of unpredictability to my song review posts. So as a result, we have the “Random Shuffle Review” feature.
The rules are simple. I fire up my playlist, press “shuffle,” and whatever song plays first gets the full Bias List treatment!
Year Released: 2013
2NE1’s Do You Love Me arrived as the centerpiece of a three-single run in the summer of 2013. Following on the heels of the reggae-tinged Falling In Love, the track takes a much more mainstream pop approach. This song could easily have been released by a mainstream Western artist, and is very much in keeping with the jagged electro textures of its era. Given the musical touchstones it draws from, Do You Love Me should really be my favorite 2013 2NE1 release. Strangely, though, I prefer both of its peers for their more unique pop takes.
That’s not to diminish Do You Love Me. This is still a charming, sturdy dance track, hinging on a titular refrain whose melody guides the backbone to much of the instrumental. Many of the hooks here actually remind me of the more melodic pieces of 2NE1’s iconic hit I Am The Best, which made the track feel just a bit reductive upon its release. Looking back seven years later, there’s a refreshing comfort to the song.
At this point, we’ve heard so many Teddy-produced tracks. We know all his tricks. Do You Love Me’s final, climactic refrain is emblematic of his chant-heavy approach, but it doesn’t feel lifted from an entirely different song. It helps that the melody is instantly memorable and repetitive to the point of almost becoming hypnotic. And when it comes down to it, Do You Love Me was never intended to be some genre-transforming masterwork. It’s designed as a fun summer track and works well in that context.
I’ve never really liked 2NE1’s 2013 3 single run………………….. Comparatively it’s been pretty weak to their much better work but Missing You adds some meat to chew on , in an otherwise average single run from a Group which goes beyond great
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*Long exaggerated gasp* AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
I hope They are not following their 2018-2019 schedule , where they abudantly released songs during 2018 but in 2019 only released one comeback at the tail end!
Because right now It’s looking like that:
Jan 2018 -It’s U
Jan 2020 – Without You
July 2018- Let Me
June 2020 – One (Lucid Dream)
October 2018 – Genie
October 2020 – New comeback
November 2019 – Wannabe
November 2021 – Long hiatus comeback
I hope Golden Child will be consistent this year like how they were consistent in 2018 and 2020!
I’m not too worried. I honestly think that a lot of 2018’s hiatus had to do with Joochan’s injury and Bomin’s drama schedules.
Bomin has a drama? I did not know that……………
He’s actually been in several, but A-Teen 2 was the big one that year.
I actually do not remember listening to this, maybe because I was not a fan of 2ne1 but is actually quite good.
Summer in modern K-Pop seems to be associated with ‘Mellow’, I am missing the days where we could have a Rock/Electronic summer track, or at least something, I dunno, ‘Summer-y’?
Imagine if Blackpink released this instead of Ice Cream, boy we all would love it.
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Also Nick, when is your next J-Pop roundup? I am soooooooooo missing that series, (it is my favorite series on our blog after random shuffle)
Your not our…..
I am not trying to takeover your blog, just a spelling error (You should hope 🙂
How come auto-correct only works when you do not want it to?
Damn Typos, the worst modern discovery!!!
Must be particularly frustrating to you and other teachers…
I’ve been having a 2012/2013 era kpop throwback all day, this review is perfectly timed haha! As always you put into words how a song makes me feel. “a refreshing comfort” is spot on. I really, really like that chant at the end. Blackpink has done similar chants but somehow this one feels much better to me.
I think it feels much more “earned” in tracks like this one (or I Love You, Can’t Nobody, etc.). Maybe ’cause the last part is more like a coda and not just THE best part.
Listening to How You Like That, for example, I find myself just waiting for the climax instead of enjoying the song.
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Most modern K-Pop end chants are just done for fulfilling the wishes of fans…. They are quite….. forced and faceless.
Everyone please cancel your NYT subs!
He will tell you why.
Never subbed in the first place, but yes…
Oh Nick, here is a new song (2015) which I think you might find legendary. I reviewed it, but I would like to see you give your thoughts on it (whether you have heard before or not)
I think you might like it as it is a larger than life genre masher.
Indian fans on the blog should be more than familiar with it (I hope)
Here is the link to my review FYI
I wasn’t a fan of 2NE1’s 2013 releases, but this one is euphoric:
I have been listening to 2ne1 music each time I would like to escape the current kpop music genre and performances. I feel that 2ne1 has always got the right vibe on their music and stage presences