Most of the time, a k-pop group’s title track is the best song on their album. But, sometimes b-sides deserve recognition too. In the singles-oriented world of K-pop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve.
Though I Can’t Stop Me is the undisputed highlight of Twice’s Eyes Wide Open, the entire album is remarkably consistent. That’s a hard feat to accomplish across thirteen tracks, but JYP Entertainment clearly have the best songwriters at their disposal. The album dips its feet into many different dance genres, but my favorite b-side is the relatively straightforward Do What We Like.
Do What We Like is the kind of simple, upbeat EDM track we used to hear a lot in the early 2010’s. The production is entirely predictable, but that’s part of its charm. The verses offer a restrained build to the big the electronic drop we all know is coming. And, the chorus hinges on the song’s oft-repeated title rather than opt for something more ambitious. But, the entire arrangement is sleek and satisfying.
Much of that comes down to Twice themselves, who have moved from chant-heavy aegyo to a much more sophisticated style of performance. The girls sound great here, delivering the verses with a sense of confidence that only comes with experience. And while Do What You Like never builds to any stunning crescendos, they ensure that the entire track goes down easy. This isn’t the kind of song you overanalyze. It’s made for playing loud and having a good time, and I think that appeal will be long-lasting.