상상은 여권이 필요없는 여행이다
2PM, “Game Over”
2PM is my workout group. Occasionally their ballads are decent (see: 영화처럼 and Wooyoung’s solo “Only Girl”), but their strong point is their powerful songs driven by a heavy beat. JYP wisely leaves most of the ballads to 2AM, which is USUALLY a perfectly acceptable arrangement to me. Since I am typically not a huge fan of ballads, I can more or less ignore 2AM… except for Jinwoon’s solos.
BUT! BUT! 2PM’s most recent album, Grown, was preceded by their pre-release track 이 노래를 듣고 돌아와 (Come Back When You Hear This Song):
I’m sorry. Musically, this is just a HUGE disappointment to me. I really liked the dance, and was particularly entranced by the way they utilized a really simple prop for it. But the song sounds like about 64245 other JYP songs. It was not catchy and totally failed to draw me in with anything. But hey! It was a pre-release. There was more to come, maybe the main track of the full album would be the bombastically bass-pumping, heart-seizing power surge that I am accustomed to.
NOPE. Because what they released next was 하.니.뿐., or All Day I Think About You:
It’s pretty much the same exact thing! Again, I like the dance but again, the music itself is lacking. WHERE IS MY 2pm?! After nearly two years absent from the kpop scene, 2PM hoped to solidify their presence in the top tier of kpop with THIS?! Bullshit. “Grown” is supposed to represent the progress they’ve made, but it is absolutely no different from much of their previous material or material that JYP has provided many of his artists. In the world of kpop, this is guaranteed to garner critism. Kpop is such a fast-moving industry that if you’re not progressing, you’re absolutely regressing.
I was incredibly disappointed, but I promised myself to listen to the rest of the album, because surely in the midst of all that other JYP-ness would be a badass workout track.
I had to shuffle through half of the album, but I finally found it! Ladies and gentlemen, the track that SHOULD have been promoted as their lead track for Grown: GAME OVER.