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Song Review: CIX – All For You

CIX - All For YouCIX’s Cinema has been a slow burn hit for me. I liked it when it first came out, but the song has had unexpected staying power on my playlist. So, I was excited to see the guys continue this lighter sound for their next Japanese release. All For You is an upbeat burst of brass-kissed funk pop. And while it may not boast a knockout melody, its airy sound goes down easy.

Cinema was all about its hook, but All For You never feels quite as focused. Instead, the track glides on a vibe, offering a head-nodding, disco-tinged groove that will raise your spirits. I often refer to certain songs as “background music,” but that’s not always a bad thing. Sometimes, all you want is the soundtrack to a moment, and All For You feels like a soundtrack to summer. We may not be enjoying that season quite yet in the northern hemisphere, but this energy conjures up images and feelings that make it a joyful listen.

To really stand out, All For You needs a killer melody. I think the track falls short in this regard, though the chorus is still amiable and fun. It’s got a nice rhythmic tug, making way for a varied vocal performance that gives the refrain a sense of movement. It compliments the buoyancy of the instrumental, which carefully doles out its brass and strings elements rather than go over-the-top. I don’t know that this will enjoy quite the same longevity of Cinema, but it’s going to kick off with a similar rating.

 Hooks 8
 Production 9
 Longevity 8
 Bias 8
 RATING 8.25

3 thoughts on “Song Review: CIX – All For You

  1. This I like. Very easy to listen to. Maybe not enough to write paragraphs about, but it’s very effortlessly enjoyable. While I think a better melody would elevate this to greatness, honestly the melody is still great as it is. The chorus is not the type that gets stuck in my head, but it’s one that I want to still passively listen to despite that. Definitely apt as “background music” but much more interesting and arguably pleasant than most music that’s labeled as that.

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  2. The groove is nice, but it lacks everything else for me. My brain craves a melody to grab onto! A passionate vocal delivery!

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  3. S50/50 OT …so pitchfork recently published this piece about the resurgence of city pop amongst youtube/American hipster listeners. I think it’s a good piece but I think it misses an opportunity to point out how k-pop and j-pop artists have been keeping the sound alive through the current retro trends.

    https://pitchfork.com/features/article/the-endless-life-cycle-of-japanese-city-pop/

    Anyway – I think this is perfectly nice to hear CIX dabble in that style. It’s good! I prefer Cinema for sure – which was definitely elevated by their graceful stages and that standout chorus.

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