Like Irene and Seulgi’s Naughty last summer, U-Know’s Eeny Meeny is a follow-up track, released as part of his album Noir but only unveiled digitally today. Though this promotional tactic can be frustrating for completists like myself, the opportunity for more U-Know singles can never be bad. While last week’s Thank U truly harnessed the mood of the album’s title, Eeny Meeny is lighter on its feet and paired with a video that takes its cues from movie musicals.
Right from the start, Eeny Meeny captivates with its unique instrumental. Entirely rhythmic, the track is composed of little more than percussion. The bass provides a melodic through-line, but otherwise the production is incredibly sparse. For someone who tends to love grandiose arrangements, this could be a detriment, but the track immediately forges an exciting groove that keeps the entire thing moving at a brisk pace. In a way, it’s very Dangerous-era Michael Jackson, though not as aggressively bold in its execution.
Eeny Meeny’s opening verse is particularly engaging, as U-Know’s rhythmic vocals spar with the percussion, building toward a satisfying, funk-infused high note. From here, it feels like the track is about to become Oh My Girl’s Dolphin. But rather than bring in more vocals, the chorus swerves into a brittle beat. It’s almost skeletal in its arrangement. On first listen, this felt like a bitter disappointment. But, subsequent plays have brought out the charm in this oddball hook. I do wish that Eeny Meeny would go a little bigger (maybe an additional melodic refrain to give the track more weight?), but I like that it never loses its groove. In the end, U-Know’s natural charisma elevates the track, making this another solid part of a consistently great album.