Like agency seniors Mamamoo, girl group Purple Kiss are building toward their upcoming debut with a series of pre-releases. This is a great way to showcase the group’s skills without confining them to one box, and the two songs we’ve now heard certainly display versatility. Last year’s My Heart Skips A Beat painted them as cool rockers, while new single Can We Talk Again delivers a more subdued r&b sound.
Given their agency’s history, I imagine this will be closer to Purple Kiss’s eventual style, though I hope they’ll find more dynamic songs to harness it. Can We Talk Again is the definition of a solid track without any surprises. As expected from RBW, the girls pack a powerful set of vocals, and their charisma really drives the track. The mid-tempo beat has a nice throwback appeal, setting firm foundation for the group to bring flair to their performance.
However, I wish that Can We Talk Again opted for a more varied chorus. The repetitive structure lends the track a pleading quality, which supports the lyrical themes well. I understand why the songwriters took this approach, but it threatens to make the song feel too lockstep. The track could really do with one climactic moment – a switch-up of some sort. I think a killer bridge might have brought this to another level. Instead, you can easily predict where Can We Talk Again is going at every turn. That doesn’t make it unsatisfying, but it feels like a missed opportunity for ambition and emotional catharsis.