Review

Golden Child GAME CHANGER: In-Depth Album Review – I Know

Golden Child - Game ChangerIt’s ‘Golden Child comeback’ time again, which means a track-by-track review of their new album, Game Changer! Check back each day of the week as I make my way through the ten new songs.


1. Game Changer (Intro) // 2. Ra Pam Pam // 3. Bottom Of The Ocean // 4. Fanfare // 5. Singing In The Rain // 6. Game // 7. Spell // 8. Out The Window // 9. Poppin’ // 10. That Feeling // 11. I Know


I Know

I’m a big proponent of albums ending on an energetic high, but I’ll take a knockout ballad as well. Golden Child have quickly built a repertoire of strong pop ballads, and I Know (난 알아요) sits comfortably amongst them. Like previous tracks All Day (still my favorite!), Thank You and Pass Me By, it’s a ballad with a beat. It thrives on sappy sentiment in the way you’d expect from a boy band, but this is no bad thing.

After a mysterious opening, the track grows into a gentle melody that takes advantage of the guys’ clear vocals. I love how the pre-chorus gains momentum – especially Y’s clipped delivery. It’s a nice energetic upswing before I Know subdues once more for its chorus. The melody here is repetitive and uneventful, but pleasant enough.

I want to zoom in on I Know’s second verse, because I absolutely adore it. In fact, this is my favorite kind of second verse in pop songwriting. Rather than replicate the melody from verse one, the song moves in a new – yet complimentary – direction. The instrumentation gains steam, fleshed out with synth strings as the segment builds toward a vocal climax. This approach lends the track movement, preventing it from becoming stale or boring.

The remainder of I Know swells in expected ways, culminating in a series of power notes that usher in the final chorus. None of this is revolutionary, but it’s a tried-and-true formula that works. And with one last Joochan-performed note, I Know closes the album with a satisfying sense of finality.

 Hooks 8
 Production 8
 Longevity 9
 Bias 8
 RATING 8.25


~

10 thoughts on “Golden Child GAME CHANGER: In-Depth Album Review – I Know

  1. Pingback: Golden Child GAME CHANGER: In-Depth Album Review – That Feeling | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  2. Pingback: Golden Child GAME CHANGER: In-Depth Album Review – Poppin’ | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  3. Pingback: Golden Child GAME CHANGER: In-Depth Album Review – Out The Window | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  4. Pingback: Golden Child GAME CHANGER: In-Depth Album Review – Spell | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  5. Pingback: Golden Child GAME CHANGER: In-Depth Album Review – Singing In The Rain | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  6. Pingback: Golden Child GAME CHANGER: In-Depth Album Review – Bottom Of The Ocean | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  7. Pingback: Golden Child GAME CHANGER: In-Depth Album Review – Fanfare | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  8. Pingback: Golden Child GAME CHANGER: In-Depth Album Review – Game | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  9. Pingback: Golden Child GAME CHANGER: In-Depth Album Review – I Know | Beatsway

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.