Woodz has quickly become an artist whose work I anticipate. His blending of different genres feels fresh within the idol world, and I love when he moves in a more rock-influenced direction. His last single could have done with a sung chorus, but its blazing guitar continued to develop Woodz’s unique sound. In comparison, new track Waiting feels more fleshed out but not quite as idiosyncratic.
Listening to the album preview, there were other songs that stuck out to me more. I assume Waiting was chosen for its vibe and emotion, and it succeeds in both of these aspects. Despite a generally upbeat sound, it’s somewhat understated. Like so many current pop tracks, Waiting thrives on groove. Woodz’s slinky vocal matches this approach perfectly, and he occasionally breaks from the rhythm to deliver punches of climax. I prefer these moments to the hushed delivery of the chorus, but the contrast works well either way.
Despite embracing global trends, Waiting still makes room for rock influence. The verses pulse on guitar-led rhythm and the percussion has a live concert feel. Occasional flourishes of electric guitar further develop this sound. I wish the song opted for a more fiery arrangement, but that would be asking for a different sentiment entirely. For what it is, Waiting is another solid entry in Woodz’s strong discography, with just enough personality to free it from its more generic leanings.