What do you get when you cross Red Velvet with 2NE1? BLACKPINK.

To say that people have been waiting on this group to debut for a while is an understatement.  Most of us remember when they were supposed to be nine members (glad they dumped that idea) and a lot more cutesy.  And with the amount of things stacking up against them for their debut (the breakup of 2NE1, their long trainee status, and the fact that no one has heard note one from them before this), they need to knock it out of the park.

They almost do it.

This group seems to get it’s vocal style from their YG predecessors in that they balance their raps with vocals and don’t have a high dependence on harmonies.  As with many of the groups with YGE, it feels like four soloists who like to work together than a cohesive group at the moment, but this might be intentional for the first track so that the members can distinguish themselves.

The production is where this track falls down.  We like the minimal style of the chorus and verses, but the odd shift to fuller, pop instrumental on the bridges throws the whole thing off.  It’s not that we haven’t seen the beat shift in music before, but this track’s switches don’t have any lead in and the two styles aren’t really connected in any way.

What buys some of the loss back is the lyrics.  For a new group we really weren’t expecting much, but these lyrics hang together well and the English sections flow effortlessly into the Korean ones for a song that makes sense and still gets some nice quotables in at the same time.  While nothing out of the ordinary, this kind cohesion in a dance track is something that groups who are at the apex of their careers still haven’t mastered yet, so this puts them ahead of the game in our book.

The visuals are more SM with their eclectic use of individual styles that require them each to take off one accessory to make the outfit really work.  They seem to have the sassy cuteness down, though, so I’m sure people are already picking out their biases.

We whistle at pop!gasa‘s impressive speed in translating…

Lyrics:
Hey boy
Make’ em whistle like
a missile bomb bomb
Every time I show up
blow up (uh)
Make’ em whistle like
a missile bomb bomb
Every time I show up
blow up (uh)
You’re so beautiful
I can’t forget you
Your eyes still make my heart flutter, boom boom
24 365
I only wanna be with you
During the day and at night
I want you like this, ooh ooh
Every guy checks me out every day
They all think they can get me
I don’t want a lot of things
I want your heart
Cut out your heart and show me
Confidently, sometimes chic chic
So hot so hot
Make me not know what to do
Softly call out to me
Like a whistle in my ear

Don’t pass me by
If you can’t forget me either, whoa
My heart for you is fire
My heart is beating so fast
You can hear it closer and closer

Whistle
Whistle whistle whistle
(can you hear that)
Whistle whistle whistle
Whistle
Whistle whistle whistle
(can you hear that)
Whistle whistle whistle

Hold up
Don’t say anything
Just whistle to my heart
That sound makes my heart flutter
boom boom
Thoughts are boring
Feelings are shh
Every day all day
Only stay by my side zoom zoom
Uh I’m always stylin’
I’m chic but in front of you, darlin’
It’s getting hot like a desert island
The more I get to know you, the more my heart rings
Stop hesitating, come over to me
Boy, it’s checkmate now
I win this game (uh-huh)
I choose you, I’ll hug you harder
Before someone takes you away

Don’t pass me by
If you can’t forget me either, whoa
My heart for you is fire
My heart is beating so fast
You can hear it closer and closer

Whistle
Whistle whistle whistle
(can you hear that)
Whistle whistle whistle
Whistle
Whistle whistle whistle
(can you hear that)
Whistle whistle whistle
This beat got me feelin’ like

I hope we won’t just pass by like the wind
No need for many words
Just take me to your side
Make’ em whistle like a
missile bomb bomb
Every time I show up blow up (uh)
Make’ em whistle like a
missile bomb bomb
Every time I show up blow up (uh)

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