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.
CSR have released one of the year’s strongest debut albums. Nothing on Sequence 7272 is innovative or artistically evocative. That’s not the point. What makes it exciting is that it’s not just a pick-and-mix of trendy K-pop styles. The group know what concept they’re targeting and offer five variations of that sound. Whether these songs are in your wheelhouse will depend on your musical preferences, but at least we have a sense of who CSR are and where they see themselves slotting within the industry.
All five songs offer the light, melodic style put forth by title track Pop? Pop!. I think Pop? Pop! is the strongest of the bunch and the rightful choice for promotion, but I can’t move on from this album without writing about the Sweetune-produced song. The Bias List just wouldn’t be The Bias List without doing so! This is the fourth original Sweetune track we’ve heard in 2022, though the individual producers have been involved with other music as well. Let’s keep this trend going and score some more idol-fronted singles before the year’s end!
I don’t think Euratcha (으랏차) is top-tier Sweetune, though its chorus approaches that hallowed ground. The verses are a bit too cutesy-conversational in places, but they have a nice, synth-painted groove that keeps the energy brisk and bright. It’s when that patented Sweetune vocal layering emerges during the hook that Euratcha truly takes flight. It’s an overwhelming sound – “pop” with a capital “P.” It’s sunshine in a bottle, buoyant and affirming enough to break the biggest cynic. Imagine what these producers could do with a big-name title track in 2022! It really is my biggest (and seemingly most elusive) K-pop wish.
Well, for the way this group has jump started Nick’s heart, maybe they should have named themselves CPR. 😛
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I looked up CSR on Spotify to listen to the whole album, and it looks like they’re sharing the artist page with some mexican rapper with the same name who gets <1000 streams per song. Imagine the look on his face when he sees a kpop girl group hijacked his name.
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Yo it’s been a damn while since SWEETUNE produced a song for a girl group! Hoping for more!
Thank you corporate social responsibility
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The whole mini is great and resembles certain group’s style
72.72Hz -> Apink (No No No-ish)
Pop? Pop! -> Lovelyz (remix version)
Manito -> Fusion of Gfriend and Elris. Poppy but has certain sad note
Toi Et Moi -> April and DIA (?) It sounds like one of the “bubblier” version of innocent sound
Euratcha! -> I can’t pin this song to certain group’s style.
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I finally made the best decision of my life and listened to the album, and what an album! This was my second favorite after Pop? Pop!, but the whole album is great, there wasn’t a single song that I didn’t like.
The first time I heard the double key change in this song I almost fell out of my chair. Love this whole mini-album! It makes me want to frolic and is great at pumping myself while on the exercise bike HOOWAH
Corporate social responsibility really chose a great album closer