A K-pop act’s title track isn’t always the best song on their album, even if it’s the one most people will hear. Sometimes, b-sides deserve recognition too. In the singles-oriented world of K-pop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve.
Brave Girls’ new mini album is a non-stop disco party. And while it never reaches the heights of last year’s momentous comebacks, I love its consistent groove and melodic approach. This isn’t surprising given Brave Brothers’ involvement in every song. There’s something to be said about the “old guard” of K-pop producers. It’s always great to hear new voices, but I appreciate the classics also getting their due. I really could have featured any of the album’s tracks as a buried treasure, but the propulsive Can I Love You has hit me the hardest. Brave Girls, if you’re going to keep releasing quality music like this, you can love me any time!
Can I Love You knows exactly what it wants to do, immediately unveiling its catchy synth riff and unyielding club beat. The verse offers a series of ascending vocals, supporting those dramatic synths. There’s a desperation to the melody in the chorus – pleading and insistent in a way that gives the track emotional heft. But, my favorite aspect of Can I Love You arrives after the chorus. A pitched vocal loop jolts the song to another level as the intensity elevates and the beat becomes more robust. Honestly, they could have given me three minutes of this loop and I would have been happy. I just adore the texture.
The track threatens to grow a bit repetitive as it goes on, but its three-and-a-half minutes pass by in a flash. And with every element of Can I Love You designed to heighten its core melodies, that repetition feels impactful rather than dull. Beggars can’t be choosers, but a more dynamic climax with a satisfying sense of payoff would have guaranteed longevity on my playlist.