Since returning as a soloist in 2019, Park Bom has had a rather infrequent run of singles. We didn’t hear from her at all in 2020, and her latest track dropped nearly a year ago. But, she’s back with Melomance’s Kim Minseok as a duet partner on the dramatic Flower (꽃).
It’s always a treat to hear Park Bom’s voice. She has one of the most identifiable tones in all of K-pop, capable of wielding a raw sense of emotion that instantly draws you in. Big ballads like this make a great match for her skill. Kim Minseok is also a singer with unique vocal color, making this a match of dynamic belters. Flower takes advantage of the pairing, shooting for the stratosphere with a near-symphonic bombast. It climaxes in a choir-kissed rush, though I almost wish it was more overwrought. Give us full on opera, guys!
Flower opens with a stripped-back arrangement, casting full spotlight on Park Bom herself. Keys underline her commanding performance as the melody begins to bloom. It’s a pretty tune – familiar, but effective. Minseok’s verse brings more of that operatic flair I’m craving, adding polish that contrasts with Bom’s heart-on-her-sleeve approach. The two join forces for Flower’s final third, rattling off a series of power notes that end the song on a high. It’s a classic ballad, filled with the tropes you’d expect and hope for. Listeners’ enjoyment will likely depend on their preference for this style, but I think we can safely call Flower a success.