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Golden Child AURA: In-Depth Album Review – Knocking On My Door

AuraIt’s ‘Golden Child comeback’ time again, which means a track-by-track review of their new mini album, Aura! Check back each day of the week as I make my way through the five new songs.


1. Aura (Intro) // 2. Replay // 3. Knocking On My Door // 4. 3! 6! 5! // 5. Purpose // 6. Miracle


Knocking On My Door

Apparently, this song has been kicking around the Woollim vaults for awhile now. This makes me question why it wasn’t already chosen as a single, because it’s certainly strong enough to be one! Of course, I could say that about most of the songs on this album.

One of the things I covet most about Golden Child is their strong roster of vocalists, and it’s satisfying when their material takes advantage of this. Knocking On My Door is an upbeat pop track in the vein of many K-pop releases, but one that thrives on vocal inflection and power. It has an incredibly optimistic, healing quality, fueled by bright synth tones and anthemic melody lines. It borrows slightly from our current synthwave trend, yet feels much more timeless in execution. This warmth makes a nice contrast to the prickly, confrontational Replay

I adore the arrangement of this track. It blooms as it goes, snowballing as more elements are added. This keeps the flow dynamic and interesting. We’re always building toward something fresh. it’s like a wide-open journey to adventure. But more than anything, Knocking On My Door is anchored by its beauty of a chorus. The melody lifts here in an irresistible way, delivering a mini-climax several times throughout the track. This is the kind of euphoric pop songwriting I live for, and it’s harnessed by a group who know what to do with it. Main vocal Y takes the lead on most of the song’s most thrilling moments, including a series of power notes during its finale. It all feels so effortless, which matches the natural progression of the song itself.

 Hooks 9
 Production 9
 Longevity 9
 Bias 10
 RATING 9.25

30 thoughts on “Golden Child AURA: In-Depth Album Review – Knocking On My Door

  1. Dammit, I love this song even more than the title Replay. Also, for me it sounds much more title track-worthy, though both of them are still great. Mid-9’s for me.

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  3. Is it just me or is this very similar to Highway to Heaven?

    I would decrease the rating to 8.5, solely because I can’t bear what they did with the rappers’ voices.

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    • Yeah, there are patches where the rappers sound extra gravelly and it is distracting from the pure tones of the high vocal. It is not a pleasant contrast.

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    • Update: I think I might like this one best after all. Replay is probably a better performance piece (while still being a strong song on its own) but the melodies and vocals on this song are top-notch. That chorus is a stunner. I’d say high 9s for me, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it eventually settles into a 10, because I like it that much. If it’s competing with Starlight, Cyberpunk, and Euratcha on my playlists, it’s probably on its way there. A standout on a very strong album.

      My album rankings: Knocking On My Door > Replay > Miracle > 3!6!5! > Purpose

      Still, every song on this record is a winner (some of these songs are separated by less than 0.25). Between this and the ATEEZ + CSR albums + KB’s great solo from last month, I think I might be invested in K-Pop again.

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    • If you’re talking about the Zedd/Maren Morris song I definitely hear it! I think this one has a better chorus, though.

      [On a side note, when I read/hear “The Middle” the first thing I think of is the Jimmy Eat World song from 2001. I had assumed at first this what you meant and was confused. But when I looked it up I found this one. I did know the song, but I never knew the title, because my knowledge of Western pop music beyond 2013 has a ton of holes.]

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