In the expansive hall of dubious K-pop group names, Bling Bling takes a prestigious place. It’s not a great idea to fashion your identity around slang in the first place. But, it’s even more baffling to use outdated slang. Bling Bling sounds pretty silly. Yet, I’ve learned not to dwell on misguided monikers. After all, one of my favorite songs last month came from a group called DRIPPIN.
The proof is in the pudding, and if debut single G.G.B was incredible, these girls could add as many blings as they want. Unfortunately, the track is a bit of a mess. It has some great moments, but they’re sabotaged by a few unwelcome turns. On the plus side, I think the girls themselves have a lot of potential. Though there isn’t much sustained singing to be found within G.G.B, I enjoy the general vocal color. When the members perform in unison, they’ve got a blend that feels different than most current girl groups.
If G.G.B had stuck to the style of its opening verse, I think it could have been a pretty cool debut. And though I’m less impressed with the call-and-response structure of the chorus, I do like the delivery. Sadly, this is followed by a cluttered beat drop. The production here is fine, but the central hook begins to wear a little thin. About halfway through, G.G.B just devolves into the same line over and over. The arrangement changes a bit, but the hook would have been more effective if used sparingly.
The vocal tones of some of the girls remind me of Mamamoo! Their voices all sound a lot more confident and mature than what I would expect from a newly debuting girl group. I like that. The song surrounding the vocal performance, not so much. The chant gets a little too repetitive and overall it’s just not interesting enough to keep me listening.
This sounds like Brazillian funk lol
That’s definitely it’s strong point!
If I hadn’t know it was them, I would have thought I was listening to Bum Bum Tam Tam by MC Fiori.
Some of the voices were nice.
It could also work as group named GGB and song named Bling Bling. They sing both in the song. (… not that I thought that, nope, no way, not me)
As long as you don’t overthink it, the song is a fine debut.
Overthinking it = The music video is a pleasantly shaggy song, with these higher overtones on the call and response part of the chorus, and some chopsticks on tin cans percussion going on. Then the showcase audio has none of them, and suddenly I think the song sounds amateurish, and those chopsticks on tin cans just sounds like plain old relentless trap percussion. The music shows are somewhere in between. So, if my impression of the song really depends upon the audio, then do I really like the song? THAT is overthinking it. (The showcase performance with bad audio is here ‘https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C6jwU3c2nA)
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I actually really like it. Everyone’s doing retro or some bland ass concepts and they came here with… Brazilian funk and made a fun song. Just wish they skipped the trap breakdown and stuck with its South American sound.
As a Brazilian, I feel embarrassed to be represented in K-pop by Brazilian Funk. In Brazil this is regarded as some low quality music, with musicians calling it “noise” instead of music. In contrast, I wish we could hear another Brazilian genre, Bossa Nova (regarded by many musicians as high quality music). There are a few golden songs like this: MAMAMOO “Words don’t come easy” or ELRIS “You and I”, but not many new songs…