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Song Review: VAV – Made For Two

VAV’s Made For Two arrives on the heels of member Baron’s military enlistment, offering a needed salve to fans who are already missing him. Though VAV’s style has shifted to please musical trends, their title tracks have always been steered by jack-of-all-trades producer Ryan S. Jhun. At his best, Jhun has a gift for a great pop melody, and some of that expertise can be heard throughout Made For Two.

This is an odd track, inverting expectations by delivering most of its driving percussion during the verses. In contrast, the chorus hangs in the air without much instrumentation to support it. This works well the first time through, but I think the track would have benefited from an arrangement that gradually built momentum before climaxing in a more fleshed-out chorus during its final moments. As it stands, Made For Two feels like a constant tease, never quite paying off in the way I would have hoped.

Still, I’m a fan of many of the song’s approaches. I love how the verses are anchored by a repetitive vocal line. It’s very “show choir,” but never feels overly cheesy. This arrangement is a welcome diversion from the repetitive samples that make up so many other boy group instrumentals. These vocals add great warmth to the track’s insistent kick. And though I might have opted for a more striking chorus, the vocal arrangement is a strength here as well. Well-placed synth flourishes add interest to these segments, especially when they become more orchestral during Made For Two’s finale. I appreciate the song’s willingness to play with structure, even as I’m still waiting for that final, energetic exclamation point.

 Hooks 8
 Production 9
 Longevity 8
 Bias 8
 RATING 8.25


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10 thoughts on “Song Review: VAV – Made For Two

  1. Nick this might shock you…….. well I really don’t know actually but you should know we are already in 15 days…………………… but culminating monthly score might hit the “8”s for the second time………………and that too in a 2020 month. We have somehow underestimated how 2020 would go…………..

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  2. This is a very pleasant experience to my ears! I had my hopes high (not really) as I saw ryan s jhun producing the song, and surprisingly it wasn’t a big disappointment so far.

    I like the arrangement very much, it feels so structured nicely. And the energy of the verses were impressive, and never felt boring nor rather forgettable. Though the chorus can be better, I’m letting this slide because ryan s jhun’s working on it lol.

    I would also like to mention how they incorporate the violin in the instrumental, giving the track more color. And up to the point where the final chorus hit, it became more impactful; it’s like witnessing an epic scene from a fantasy movie. Though it fell shorter than expected, it left a very satisfying taste in my ears.

    This is more of an 8.75 for me, and probably adding it to my favorite tracks this 2020.

    Just in case nick, any initial thoughts about the boyz’s upcoming comeback? Coach and sendo’s working on it, but I’m still not letting my hopes high.

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  3. I like this a lot more than I thought I would from the preview! I think the chorus feels more satisfying the second time when it has a more dynamic second half. My favorite part is definitely 1:32-1:47. The mv did a great job of giving all the members screentime while highlighting Baron, which is really sweet. It’s a very soothing song, & I’ve liked it more every listen.

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  4. Apparently, I buy one VAV song each year, and this will be this year’s. Is it good? I don’t know, but it is interesting enough so that I want to listen to it more to figure it out. Click, done. Let’s see how I feel about all the tempo changes in two weeks time at the end of the month.

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  5. This is a pretty basic song but the production as top notch. Honestly this may not be my favorite song of the week but I’ll be coming back multiple times for that production and that nice, spacey, chorus.

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