Song Review: KARD – Without You

KARD - Without YouIt’s been almost a year since we heard from KARD, and to be honest I can’t remember much about their last title track. But, they’ve made a subtle sonic shift for new single Without You – opting for a club-ready sound that retains many of the elements that made them popular in the first place.

While I don’t think this song competes with their very best, I’m a fan of its beat. The percussion in the chorus has such texture. I doubt it’s more than an electronic loop/sample, but its plucked sound is so tactile. It’s very groovy and immediate.

Unfortunately, Without You becomes less beguiling after this first chorus. The song loses focus as more elements are brought into the arrangement. It’s not unenjoyable, but the bones are here for a much stronger track and it doesn’t feel like KARD fully capitalize on the potential.

Hooks 7
 Production 9
 Longevity 8
 Bias 8

Grade: B-


5 thoughts on “Song Review: KARD – Without You

  1. I really enjoyed the beat UNTIL the chorus. While I agree it’s a nice texture I don’t think it blended well with everything around it. At least the trap breakdown for BM’s verse was easy to see coming/somewhat expected. That said, one thing I really appreciate about Kard is that they have a bit more consistency in sound than most groups. Even with a song like “without you” that shifts genre a little bit it still feels like a kard song

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  2. It has very good moments or where it seems that something better will come, but the final feeling is of sth underwhelming. Anyway, I appreciate that even to give us something not so good, the members always sustain or elevate the song with particular charm until the end. I look forward to another comeback soon.


  3. Interesting on how Somin-forward this felt. I got the thought, is this testing the waters for a solo debut for her? The song will have to grow on me. I agree I liked the first verse the best, but I prefer Ring the Alarm to this one.


  4. As much as I love KARD, I dislike this song. The chorus is empty and the verses aren’t much better.

    I’m glad to see them active again though


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