Song Review: Chungha – Killing Me

Chungha - Killing MeAfter releasing a mammoth twenty-one track album in February, Chungha has been pretty quiet. But, she’s back to close out the year with digital single Killing Me. After such a long hiatus, this is nice treat that falls in line with the “Savage,” club-ready segment of Querencia.

It’s this style of song that seems so ripe for global breakthrough. Chungha could easily take a Dua Lipa approach and go full on future nostalgic, with her skills as a dancer adding extra K-pop edge. Killing Me is slightly more generic than that, but utilizes today’s trends to its advantage. The bounding electro beat could do with a more singular vision. However, it casts great energy that powers the track with plenty of momentum. I’m more smitten with the synth in the chorus. The production has nice texture here, adding weight to a song that could have felt slight.

As always, Chungha makes a compelling protagonist. She’s really settled into her vocal style, and sounds fantastic on Killing Me. She brings plenty of emotion to the hook, matching the urgency of the synths. In the realm of recent Chungha dance tracks, I’d put Stay Tonight and Dream Of You comfortably ahead, but Killing Me makes a satisfying peer. Give it a more effusive climax (and a stronger instrumental outro) and you’ve got the makings of a discography highlight. Even so, the song is a welcome surge of impassioned pop just as the industry is starting to slow down for the season.

 Hooks 9
 Production 8
 Longevity 9
 Bias 8

8 thoughts on “Song Review: Chungha – Killing Me

  1. It’s good! Chungha’s performance is standout.
    If only this beat wasn’t so dated and played out. I loved this future bass/Chainsmokers hybrid when it came out, but it’s a tad stale. Vocal chop moment in the end included.
    Also, it sounds like Chungha’s voice is treated with HYBE style processing. Fortunately, it’s not too heavy-handed.

    But I’m sold due to the song itself being quite strong. Truly a fun listen that rewards on replay.

    Querencia was quite an artistic accomplishment. I didn’t like “bicycle” at first, so it took a while for me to dive in. It rewarded. I’m always excited by a Chungha, and while I’m a little hung up on the instrumental – “Killing me” is a strong release.

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  2. Even after a slow few days, I’m kind of exhausted by all the new music I’ve enjoyed this month and haven’t really had time to absorb. I like this song but wish it came with a dynamic dance performance. It does feel like a shot at a Western breakout song, to the extent that I’m a little surprised it’s not in English. That said, I love her voice and am happy to make this my (checks, sighs) 145th playlisted song of November.

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    • I echo Noah’s sentiment pretty much. Its a fine, enjoyable track but dated production choices drag it down a decent bit. Personally, I really want an album of those sleek, groovy dance tracks like “Stay Tonight”

      Also given my IMMENSE love for Chungha’s “Gotta Go”, I’d love to see her pair up with BEP again.

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  3. The melody of the chorus seems picked up from Eunhyuk’s be or even resembles OneRepublic’s Didn’t I. However, I loved the synth chords and the vocal performance. A wonderful song to wind up this year.


  4. Nick, as per your ‘song is a single and reviewed and in lists when it gets an MV’, is there any chance Plastic Love, the 80s classic by Mariya Takeuchi, which’s full MV was finally made available for full viewing on YT (not the short version), a week or two ago?

    I know, it really stretches the rules, but I want to talk about this classic jam here anyway.


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