I wrote about Bobby’s Cherry Blossom just yesterday, and now he’s back already with the title track of his just-released solo single. Drowning pairs him with vocalist Sole and ups the energy considerably. I didn’t expect to hear this style of city pop beat from him, but I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised given last year’s excellent But You. The overall vibe is more enjoyable than the song itself, but I appreciate the shimmering instrumental and smoothness of the production. I can already tell Bobby’s solo work is going to be more interesting and varied after leaving YG Entertainment. That can only be a good thing, and Drowning gets him off on the right foot.
My main gripe is that the song ends a bit abruptly. Just as it’s amping up to what feels like an explosive climax, we’re left hanging.
Saw in the comments this was written 3-4 years ago. Man said we go R-rated in the lyrics. LOL! I’m down for it.
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These first two non-250 word reviews are good! I was able to get information quick, since the reviews are succint, and they don’t lose any details at all on capturing how you feel on the songs. Between this & the Mnet survival recap-turned-thoughts section, hopefully your decisions on streamlining your blog content would be in your long-time favor. Always waiting for your superb writing 🤗
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I’m glad to hear it! It felt quite good on my end, too 😅
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Gotta confirm this one is Bobby’s best solo release so far! It was unexpected and satisfying at the same time to hear him tackle city pop vibes. I suppose I’ll add it to my playlist, which, sadly, can’t be said about 99.9% of most recent k-pop comebacks, as all of ’em seem just dull to my taste, and the ones I like the most are barely rated above 7.75 or 8…
P.s. Nick, I really like your new review format! Since they’ve become shorter, now it’s more convenient and comfortable for me to read them. In addition, correct the hooks rating from 9 to 8, ‘cuz the final one for this song is 8.25, not 8.5, xD.
Thanks for catching that! And kudos for correctly guessing it was the “hooks” rating that needed changing. You know me too well 🙂
I think I like ‘Cherry Blossom’ better than this but only slightly. I still really like this.
Also, as the comments above said. This new compact format is good.
I wasn’t watching the MV when I played this so I only just found out but SF9 Hwiyoung, THE BOYZ Sunwoo, and DK are here !!
It’s not my style but I like it.
It’s nice to see that IKON, The Boyz and SF9’s rappers are still in contact after Kingdom.
I’ve had this one on repeat. I love how free Bobby’s flow is on this, and how playful his lyrics are. Plus, rapping over a city pop instrumental is new twist on the genre I hadn’t heard before.