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Song Review: Stray Kids – The View

Stray Kids - The ViewStray Kids fans know that the group’s promotion doesn’t end with a single title track. In almost all cases, the group has released a follow-up music video (or more!) for album b-sides. This has quickly established a vast singles run (if you want to count these extra releases as official “singles”). Either way, it’s a smart tactic to showcase musical diversity and spoil your fanbase rotten.

I haven’t been as enthused with the group’s new album as their past efforts, but there are a few songs that I’d choose for follow-up promo ahead of The View. This isn’t an awful choice, but its chugging EDM frame feels like something we’ve heard from the guys already. Specifically, The View echoes 2019 single Astronaut. It carries the same light tone, relying heavily on an instrumental drop and simple, singalong hook. The percolating beat doesn’t stand out, though it offers an enticing backbone for the rap verses.

Honestly, I keep waiting for The View to explode. If you’re going to opt for a big EDM drop, it needs to be bolder and more unique. The instrumental here is surprisingly generic, especially for a group who pride themselves on creativity and self-production. The guys remain compelling performers, but I long for the track itself to live up to that potential. It doesn’t help that its melodic pre-chorus sounds identical to Bobby’s 2017 hit I Love You, which harnessed a much livelier groove.

 Hooks 7
 Production 7
 Longevity 8
 Bias 8
 RATING 7.5

8 thoughts on “Song Review: Stray Kids – The View

  1. Bobby’s “I Love You” is one of my absolute all-time favourite Kpop songs and so anything reminiscent has really big shoes to fill. But I liked this – after performances on Kingdom (and Thunderous) which relied on sheer scale and majesty, I’m glad they’ve still got room for something quieter and more affectionate and subdued.

    (It helps that I think Felix’s rapping is among his best.)

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  2. Ahhh I gotta disagree with you on this one. Yeah it doesn’t explode, buts it’s so wholesome. I could vibe to it on a car ride. But that’s just my taste. I’d give it an 8.5 for good times and big smiles 🥰

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  3. I really liked the song, mostly because of how it highlighted every single member well 🙂 I’m not saying quantity-wise but every member received very appropriate parts which highlighted their skill – Hyunjin’s solo dance break, Changbin’s short powerful rap (which I absolutely love), Felix sing/rap etc etc.

    The beat at the “I like the view right now” chorus slightly reminded me of the starting of San’s first part from Ateez Dreamers “donna pain kanjite mo we gain” 🙂

    I liked The View because it was so easy and gentle with the only power being Changbin’s rap – The mood of the MV fit the song very well, still I loved the lives more – it felt like a personal group song. Something about just living in the moment and meaningful to them as friends and a team and away from the whole idol business – and that struck a chord with me I guess! 🙂

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  4. I like this one okay, though I got tired of the stages after a couple and have been skipping them. This isn’t my favorite style/concept generally (I’m generally allergic to anything that could be primarily described as “heartwarming”) but other folks seem to like it, so that’s fine with me.

    I was pleasantly impressed by their performance of “Secret Secret” on Music Core last night. One of my favorite SKZ b-sides is “Chronosaurus” and this had a bit of the same feel. Seungmin in particular was great on the live version – I feel like he really leveled up on “Kingdom”. I think vocals have been their weak point since debut but they’re definitely showing improvement.

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  5. Ah I love this song! I don’t know that it made much of an impression on me initially but it’s grown on me tremendously, along with the title track (surprisingly). To me, “The View” has a kind of emotional resonance that conveys nostalgia, which makes it stand out. “I like the view right now” makes me think the speaker is enjoying his time with somebody but is aware that it’s not forever. We can hear this emotion in Changbin’s part during the bridge especially.

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