Song Review: Jamie – Pity Party

Jamie - Pity PartyLast time I wrote about Jamie, she was still working under her Korean name Park Jimin. Now, she’s back with a complete reinvention. The English-language Pity Party is unlike anything she’s recorded before, though it has solid roots in the disco trends popularized by global artists like Dua Lipa.

Jamie feels uniquely perched to tackle an international market given her long-standing position on the global-minded variety series After School Club. Still, she found her claim to fame in a much more domestically-focused place: the first season of K-pop Star. Here, she was pitched as a big-voiced balladeer. She can certainly belt out those kind of tracks, but I love when a singer transfers that power to material that’s more brisk and groovy. Pity Party’s best moments embrace the fullness of Jamie’s voice.

Other than that, this track feels pretty standard in a post-Future Nostalgia world. This is no bad thing. I’m quite partial to this sound, and Pity Party gets it right. The beat chugs incessantly along, assisted by sweeps of disco strings and playful rhythm guitar. The chorus is catchy if repetitive, only marred by its familiarity. The verses could do with a more engaging melody, though Jamie brings extra power to verse two. The pre-chorus and bridge give her a chance to let loose, and these segments offer the most potent blend of her past and present styles. Apart from that connective tissue, this might as well be a new artist entirely. It will be interesting to see if Jamie sticks with this sound or pushes herself in even more daring directions.

Hooks 8
 Production 8
 Longevity 8
 Bias 9
 RATING 8.25

18 thoughts on “Song Review: Jamie – Pity Party

    • For me, it’s not the sound that’s getting old (after all, I love this sound) — it’s the fact that K-pop songs are doing the *same* thing with it each and every time.

      It’s very formulaic at this point, but I could say the same for almost every trendy genre K-pop sets its eyes on.


      • exactly what i was thinking, the problem with most of these trends in kpop is that these companies would keep stretching the sound in the same direction until it wears out and breaks, rather than pulling it in a different direction and do something new

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  1. I like Jamie a lot as a person. Very funny, outspoken all those good things. But I’ve never connected with her music much. Luckily, I think this one is pretty solid.

    That said I do agree with Myma and Eli that this “Future Nostalgia” sound is becoming a bit worn out. Both in the East and the West. This once ironically feels like it could’ve actually been on the album.


  2. This is another of the times that the fact that I’ve listened to so little pop music over the last decade and change – I’m not sick of this sound yet! I’ve got a funky dance playlist where this kind of thing lives, and I’m thinking maybe four stars even, because I really like that bass line and Jamie’s voice sounds great. I think this is the first time I’ve heard any of her music (not counting various guest vocals), although I knew her from ASC and various Dive Studios stuff that’s kind of hard to look back at without cringing because of the Jae Situation.

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  3. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of this sound, in fact my most favorite songs last year are in this style. I read the review and the comments first before listening so I really expected a song that I would exactly hear in Future Nostalgia but for me the chorus is more like Doja Cat would sing rather than Dua? It does sound like pop more than kpop that’s for sure. I still like it because of my point in my first sentence.


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