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.
When reviewing Victon’s What I Said yesterday, I mentioned how I consider them a rather generic boy group. But, I don’t want this to sound more harsh than I meant it. When looking at K-pop’s current landscape, I’d call the majority of boy groups generic, and it has nothing to do with their talent or charm. Too many of these groups outsource material, opting for a revolving door of producers and sounds to the point that their music feels interchangeable. Because of this, most albums (full or mini) lack consistency. I think that Victon’s Voice could have been released by almost any current boy group and sounded roughly the same. However, that doesn’t mean it lacks highlights.
The album’s best moment doesn’t occur until eleven tracks in. I’m honestly surprised that Unpredictable is so buried within the track list. It should have been the single. In its own way, it’s no less generic than most of the album, but the songwriting and production is strong and there are great flashes of personality in Hanse’s dynamic second-verse rap.
The song opens with a dramatic verse, underlined by atmospheric synths and menacing guitar. A wall of tightly-arranged vocals brings us into a groovy, bass-driven chorus that soon grows into a more swaggering refrain. I love the rhythm guitar here, but my favorite aspect of Unpredictable is how its post-chorus rap break melds seamlessly with the existing production. In fact, it even builds upon the drama without sacrificing momentum or continuity. Even when the track moves into a trap breakdown, it’s well-placed and followed by a thrilling transition back into the slinky chorus. Honestly, this may be one of my favorite tracks Victon have ever released.