Rain’s new album is primarily composed of collaborations, though the line distribution varies depending on the track. When the songs were first released, I saw many listeners raving about Magnetic — his duet with GOT7’s Jackson Wang. And Rain must agree with the praise, because the track now has a music video.
I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I’m not hearing the amazing jam that others seem to love. Magnetic is a fine r&b track, but apart from its novel pairing of artists, there’s not much going on here. However, I enjoy how the song brings Rain back to his roots. His airy tone excels within these slower-paced tracks, and the arrangement rekindles all sorts of memories. The instrumental is rather simple, gliding along a bass-driven pulse peppered with muted keys. The insistent hi-hat rolls are the one “trendy” aspect that grates on me. I think it’s just a texture issue. When placed alongside other percussion, hi-hats tend to have a flimsiness to their tone. And when they feature so prominently in the mix of every single K-pop song, that tinniness begins to wear thin.
I would have rather heard Magnetic more fully embrace the other levels of its frequency – maybe even bring in a touch of passionate guitar. Instead, the groove is pushed into the background, giving its performers license to steer the ship. Rain and Jackson make for a great pairing, but the song’s melody is so one-note. It wafts by, and in just over two-and-a-half minutes it’s gone. In this way, Magnetic feels a lot like last week’s Chungha-featuring Why Don’t We. Both are serviceable tracks that could have been amazing with a few adventurous tweaks.