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Song Review: Baekhyun (EXO) – Get You Alone

Whether related to the pandemic or not, SM Entertainment’s reach into the Japanese market seemed to stall in 2020. I’ve always considered them one of the few K-pop agencies that really put an effort into their J-pop discography, with incredible catalogs from Girls’ Generation, TVXQ, SHINee and EXO. Last year’s release slate was relegated to a few singles from the agency’s veteran acts, but 2021 already seems to be kicking into gear with a new song by Baekhyun.

I’ve had my issues with Baekhyun’s solo work so far. Mostly, I’ve just found it boring. But, I loved him as part of sub-unit CBX. Get You Alone feels much closer to that project, harnessing his smooth vocals for a laid-back funk track. This is a sweet spot for him, and although the song never really goes anywhere, it’s a satisfying listen.

Get You Alone opens with a bed of airy vocals before kicking into its synth-assisted groove. The backing vocals continue to buttress the verses as Baekhyun gives a slinky performance that draws upon the track’s rhythmic construction. By the time the chorus rolls around, the production remains largely unchanged. I appreciate this consistency, though I think the song could have done with something punchier at its center. The whole thing is relentlessly smooth but lacks a bit of dynamism. Still, I’d listen to Baekhyun deliver this kind of material forever, so it’s hard to complain. He brings touches of playful falsetto, twisting the melody in just the right places to give Get You Alone a pulse. It all culminates in a well-earned key change that sends us out on a high.

 Hooks 8
 Production 8
 Longevity 9
 Bias 8
 RATING 8.25

29 thoughts on “Song Review: Baekhyun (EXO) – Get You Alone

  1. Definitely my favorite title track from him! I agree it could stand to be more dynamic. I wish it was a little more uptempo, but I’m really satisfied with the song. I feel like he had a lot of fun filming this mv too since he got to be goofy and sexy.

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  2. This was easily my favourite title track (and music video) from Baekhyun so far which also makes me quite excited for the release of the album. From what I heard of ‘Addicted’, one of the b-sides he performed during his concert, this will possibly be his strongest release yet. Also agree with the sentiment that ‘Get You Alone’ gives off CBX vibes. I miss them now so I’m gonna listen to the ‘Blooming Days’ album.

    Bit of a tangent, but during his concert he also mentioned that EXO could be having a group release in 2021 which has me very excited.

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  3. Definitely suits my tastes more than most songs in this genre, but I can’t say if that is a good thing. For me, it means I enjoy this song moderately- I would not go out of my way to listen to it I guess.

    Always enjoy Baekhyun’s singing, but I would not rate the song itself very high.

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  4. I really liked the groove here. It was simple and relaxing. Now I do not think I will reach for this song on a daily basis, but absolutely not a skip. I would listen to it more if there was something more dynamic in the song. The song kind of stays on the same relaxed note for the whole song, and as much as I appreciate that, it might get boring after awhile. Baekhyun’s amazing vocals will always draw me in though. Who knows, it could be a grower?

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