Brave Girls leveraged an unexpected resurgence to craft an extraordinary 2021. Both Chi Mat Ba Ram and After We Ride have quickly become classics (visiting my ‘top ten of the year’ countdown on their way!). Because of this, my expectations for any future work are sky-high. New single Thank You doesn’t do anything to dull Brave Girls’ legacy, but it doesn’t quite match last year’s work either.
Thank You feels more like a victory lap, content to ride the disco groove rather than push the group’s music to another level. Brave Girls have certainly earned the right to coast, especially when coasting sounds this good. Thank You is the style of straightforward dance track that will likely grow stronger with each listen. It sets relatively modest ambitions and follows through, loyal to the momentum of its upbeat arrangement. Brave Brothers has long since proven himself as a master of bright, catchy instrumentals. Thank You’s roller-rink-ready bounce is so enjoyable that it hardly needs to modulate. I especially love the touches of vocoder throughout.
If I had any complaint, it’s that Thank You’s melody doesn’t stretch itself enough. It’s pleasant and engaging throughout, but plays things very safe. This aspect will probably age well, but makes for a slightly underwhelming impression on the first few listens. Fortunately, Brave Girls imbue the track with character and polish, matching the effortless vibe of the production. In this case, the individual pieces may just be more impressive than the whole, and that all-hands-on-deck approach makes Thank You an easy 2022 standout.