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Song Review: GOT7 – Breath

GOT7 will return next week with their fourth Korean full-length album, but prior to that they’re sharing pre-release track Breath (넌 날 숨 쉬게 해). Like most of the album, this song is self-penned – in this case by member Youngjae. I think it’s great for idol groups to move into self-production, but that alone isn’t enough to thrill me. I just want an awesome song, no matter who composes it.

For me, Breath is in one ear, out the other. To be fair, I’ve never really enjoyed these kind of tracks. From the whistling hook to the murky synth tones, the entire thing feels languid and dull. I appreciate the focus on the members’ vocals, but they’re in service to a ho-hum melody that never really goes anywhere. Apart from the repeating whistle, the hook consists of little more than a single throwaway line and some half-hearted chanting. The verses have a bit more drive, but without a real centerpiece to revolve around, they kind of fizzle into nothing.

I think a consistent groove could have helped improve Breath. It’s not impossible to create a satisfying mid-tempo track of this genre, but it requires great use of rhythm. Breath’s instrumental is too fitful. It never finds a beat that works, flitting instead from segment to segment without the continuity that would make that approach work. Much of the instrumental is just too plonky for my taste, which is a shame because GOT7’s music has harnessed some great grooves in the past.

 Hooks 6
 Production 7
 Longevity 7
 Bias 7
 RATING 6.75

20 thoughts on “Song Review: GOT7 – Breath

  1. The song sounds like the idea of a song, in very early demo format. Or the idea behind three songs, thrown together to hear what could happen. Its not just the whistle, which is a lazy chorus, even they don’t take it seriously. its the verses too. I half thought this was either a very cheap song-camp song, or someone in the band thought he would flex his creative spirit. And I was half right!

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  2. Chorus actively makes me angry at how lazy it sounds, can’t really categorize the whistle and the accompanying voice as anything but yelping. Yikes

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  3. I love Got7 so much, just wished I could love their discography as much. I’m still expecting a You Calling My Name next week, not necessarily in style but in appeal, just to keep it realistic. I thought some parts in “Breath” were promising but that chorus put me off. I know they meant to show off Jaebeom and Youngjae’s vocal abilities, but it ended up sounding so jarring to me. Their music style most of the time feels stuck in 2017 to be honest. Again, I really love the boys and they have released songs that I truly enjoy, but I just wished we had similar music tastes in general. 6/10 for me.

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    • Not related to Got7 or kpop, but I wanted to recommend Rina Sawayama’s discography. Her style mixes a lot of rock elements, 80s and 90s pop, anthemic rock, and more. I particularly recommend Alterlife, the chorus reminds me at certain moments of Wonder Girls’ I Feel You melody-wise.

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  4. Agree, i think breathe is like a weaker version of page or teenager. My honest rating would be 6.5. But i am really curious with their 2nd title track “last piece” from this album, a little bit of instrumental from the mv teaser sounds intersting, and i think it’s kinda new for got7 title track(?). So i anticipate a lot

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  5. I think I am the weird one here, as I actually liked the track. I’m not particularly letting my bias control me, it’s just that I enjoyed the track very much. It’s a pretty nice feel-good song that you can listen in a relaxing day, with that whistle in the chorus help with that.

    Although the track seems pretty dull and weak for a GOT7 song, it’s still an interesting hear for me. Besides, it’s a pre-release so I didn’t expect any extravagant. I would rate this a 7.5.

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    • I know right GOT7 song called (breath) is such a total bop some of these people just like recycled music or hard rap sound. a lot of non fans actually liked a lot of GOT7 music that they wrote.

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  6. Oddly enough, I really like this? Maybe it was the music video? Wasn’t the biggest fan of their previous release but this one I have found myself replaying. I really like whistle tones in songs so maybe it had something to do with that? It’s an oddly refreshing(?) song to listen to.

    It’s pretty rare that I don’t agree with the review and our opinions on this one differed so much so I just had to comment lol

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  7. this comment is long and more then just their M/V their song was trending in the US top on youtube #5 and on Twitter top trending. Now about the M/V the effort that was done making the video it was a lot of work.the M/V it’s only their pre-release the story behind it if you weren’t following their other songs then your not going to get it.Secondly their vocals were really strong and I loved that pause when it transitions and drops I also love the lyrics but unless you don’t know korean you can’t fully enjoy your kpop faves songs but the thing is a lot of GOT7 songs are not typically Korean ideal they Don’t really follow trends unless it’s fashion but not with music they do their own style. Every other group I’ve seen tries to come up with the same theme or style as other groups which is either rap or something emo to make views it’s not even their style lol just something that fits into youth. that’s why a lot of K ahgases and Thai ahgases call a lot of the other groups “recycled music” and some other groups have U.S songwriters hired by their company writing for them and then groups takes credit. Sorry for my English spelling. But in all if you ever come to Gangnam you’ll hear a lot of GOT7 music they’re popular despite of what you hear on the web of b*s in korea that group they’re fandom vocalizes a lot like a commercial. but GOT7 is popular in korea just not as vocal in korea and the GOT7 fandom is mainly huge internationally. Back to Korea you will see Merch and t-shirts posters etc being sold. And in busan you’ll see. The music video breath was very good and catchy and Youngjae composed it and what I love about GOT7 they give credit where credit is due and they tell fans when they have someone helping them.
    What I really enjoy are their sidetrack talent right there. As for some people don’t got taste in music they only like hard beats or uptemple rhythm.

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  8. I love got7 with all my heart but i’ve noticed that most of their songs tend to be really generic, I feel like it has to do with their production team because I remember a Hyena on the keyboard episode but at the same time I don’t know. I just feel like they have passed the stage of making music that goes in through one ear and out of the other, they need to make music that sticks with their listeners lyrically and musically, music that has its OWN identity and doesn’t aim to be one hit wonders (purely for the mainstream). I feel like that’s why the fan base isn’t growing as fast as it used to, because despite GOT7 being one of THE most charismatic, fun, talented, and interesting groups, in terms of their music (and even dance tbh) there is really nothing to hold on to. As we all know in the kpop world the clock is always ticking, I have huge hopes for last piece and They need to change their approach to how they make music, rather than

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  9. (*REVISED*) I love got7 with all my heart but i’ve noticed that most of their songs tend to be really generic, I feel like it has to do with their production team because I remember a Hyena on the keyboard episode but at the same time I don’t know. I just feel like they have passed the stage of making music that goes in through one ear and out of the other, they need to make music that sticks with their listeners lyrically and musically, music that has its OWN identity and doesn’t aim to be one hit wonders (purely for the mainstream). I feel like that’s why the fan base isn’t growing as fast as it used to, because despite GOT7 being one of THE most charismatic, fun, talented, and interesting groups, in terms of their music (and even dance tbh) there is really nothing to hold on to. As we all know in the kpop world the clock is always ticking, I hope that last piece utilizes all their strengths and has a lasting impact on listeners both domestically and worldwide, so they can finally show who they really are.

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  10. I have no idea what y’all are smoking right now because breath is literally a bop….I know so many people who say they don’t like k-pop but then they listen to got7 and it changes EVERYTHING. this song was incredible and I wish nothing but the best to those boys because they have worked their butts off ok?

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  11. I listened to it (MV) once when it dropped and didn’t repeat. The guys look better than ever and the vocal all improved. Oddly, this morning I woke up (I fell back to sleep during the broadcast) when Stray Kids Chan played this song in his vlive (episode 82) and was mesmerized. It gave me a dream like feeling. I went back to listen to the MV and the album teaser. Knowing the whole album was done by them was the clincher for me to pre-order it from Amazon. Breath is like a laidback version of Calling My Name, very Got7-ish. Also, it is more like a prelude to the rest of the songs, being sparse and light isn’t a bad thing. I don’t know how to describe it but I like the song’s floaty and cool vibe.

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  12. As someone who listens to songs from many groups but only really follows a handful (honestly only truly support SKZ and GOT7), I hear where you’re coming from regarding the overproduced and overrated sound that many groups churn out nowadays, I really do. BUT – and this is a big but – I have to remind you that K-pop isn’t just about the audio – a huge part of it is choreography and video. And I think that’s where GOT7 tends to shine more – as performers, rather than just musicians. Last Piece is definitely a better song, but the upbeat nature of Breath gives them room to play around and enjoy themselves on stage, which has a weirdly infectious effect on viewers (most, at least). It’s similar to Thursday from their YCMN era, which in terms of performance is probably their stage most reminiscent of their Just Right era. GOT7 is a group that does really well in concert and live performances, where their energy and chemistry is palpable. So while I prefer listening to Last Piece (especially with the meaning it holds for the group and fans), I’d take a Breath performance over a Last Piece performance 9/10 times, just for sheer fun and entertainment. Although I do have to say, I miss their YCMN, Thursday, PAGE, and OUT stages. Long story short, I can only say that fans love GOT7 for their incredible performances and, most importantly, their personalities. I’m not sure anyone only listens to GOT7 without watching any of their videos – probably wouldn’t remain a fan for too long if they did.

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