It’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.
Golden Child have worked with producers 1Take and TAK since debut, creating a total of seven tracks over the years. My favorite (2019’s Lately) is actually the least 1Take-and-TAK-sounding song of them all. Usually, these guys have a distinct style that combines jagged, intricate electronics and off-kilter melodies. Their work keeps you on your feet, and Miracle (완벽해) is no different.
The song opens on a high as a waterfall of crystalline synths cascades forth. These synths – which repeat later during a standout dance break – are my favorite aspect of Miracle. It’s such a brilliant sound, optimistic yet edgy. From here, the track bounds into a brisk, lively verse underlined by a funky beat. Rhythm guitar adds extra bounce as the guys deliver a melody that flits all over the place.
Miracle’s chorus is more robust, recalling many past 1Take and TAK productions like If and What Happened. The melody slides into the groove, tempering its pop energy with a quirkiness that feels unique to Golden Child. It’s another definitive album highlight, though not quite as epic as Aura’s first three songs. I love how we end on an exclamation note rather than some drippy ballad or forgettable mid-tempo. The group has done it again, releasing a no-skip album stuffed with highlights.