Song Review: Park Jihoon – Blank Effect

Park Jihoon - Blank EffectFirst off, the phrase “blank effect” pretty much describes my reaction to the majority of K-pop this year!

Secondly, I really like Park Jihoon as an idol but often struggle to embrace the music he makes. When he hits it out of the park, the result is super impressive — like this or this. But often, his title tracks veer down a murkier route. Blank Effect succumbs to this style and it’s a real slog to get through.

Though others might enjoy it, I just can’t get into the style of lurching beat that underlines Blank Effect (무표정). It doesn’t strike me as a pleasant sound, and without a compelling melody to spark interest the song feels sluggish and dull.

Hooks 7
 Production 6
 Longevity 7
 Bias 6

Grade: D


7 thoughts on “Song Review: Park Jihoon – Blank Effect

  1. The title perfectly describes the song and its lethargic nature.

    P.s. for some reason, the second half of the first verse kinda reminds me of Trampoline by Shaed.


    • the fact you mentioned “trampoline” just sums up all my, not positive, thoughts on this song

      trampoline is like the biggest example of shitty, dull midtempo radiopop that sounds like it belongs in a laptop commercial, and blank effect is no different

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  2. I’m not sure I would listen to this a lot, but there’s something grim and haunting about it that I like. It’s the kind of song movies play in the background while something depraved is happening.

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  3. I keep wanting to change the title to Blank Affect, but I guess it works either way. This has really grown on me.


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