Wonho continues to be one of K-pop’s most consistent soloists, taking the reigns of his career by co-composing his work. This gives his music a sense of authenticity, but not the kind of “sit in the corner of a coffee shop with your guitar” authenticity that often colors our idea of a singer-songwriter. You can tell Wonho likes being a pop star and enjoys the sound of pop music.
All of his title tracks have been solid, but new single Crazy is his strongest since last year’s Lose. It certainly boasts one of his most irresistible grooves. The production is crisp and exciting, melding an elastic bassline to evocative synth textures and a Beat It style guitar riff. Wonho’s vocal may lack the presence to make this a legendary effort, but he’s got a natural sense of rhythm that effortlessly rides the dynamic track. Everything feels so taut and intentional. No needless breakdowns or meandering pre-choruses here.
Crazy’s hook is effective, tracing the guitar line with a simple melody that sticks instantly. The song misses the opportunity to go bigger, and would have improved with a more robust refrain at its center. But, I love the spoken-word post-chorus. This rap also opens the song, with its warped vocals and rapid-fire delivery. For a track this rhythmic, these melodies must echo the instrumental’s drive and energy. By slowing down and speeding up his performance, Wonho ensures Crazy never grows boring. It’s early days, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up being my favorite track in his discography.