OG Blink: Eh? It’s ok.
I’ve been an on and off Blink since 2017, and I was hardcore, let me tell you. Those early songs were so amazing, I was beyond excited for the potential of this group and the ride that I’d be on with them as a fan. As time went by, I didn’t understand why there was so little music, and I began to lose internet. By the time Square Up came out, I was desperately ready for it, and it was worth the wait. Since then, a full album has been desired greatly, and finally, here we are.
I was a bit surprised that 8 songs can be considered a full album, but hey, who am I to complain. I was just excited to have some new music.
So first, How You Like That: When it first came out, I thought it had, without a doubt, the weirdest chorus instrumental I’d ever heard, but it grew on me, even if I still am confused by it. Personally, I didn’t like the lyrics of it at all apart from Lisa’s verse, but the fact that they used the Phrygian dominant scale really appealed to me, so it was still enjoyable. The mv was beautiful.
Ice Cream: Oh man. I LOVE their pink concepts. As If It’s Your Last is one of my absolute faves. But this does not hit the mark. The lyrics are ridiculous and the melody is questionable. It could have been really good if it had been changed up a bit. Still had a cute mv, though.
Pretty Savage: This is my favorite song on the album, perhaps tied with You Never Know. The lyrics are subpar and almost annoying at times, but the musical aspect of it is enough to make up for it. The flow of the verses is great and it’s very catchy. Definitely makes you want to dance.
Bet You Wanna: This song could be ditched and the whole album would benefit from it. Feels like a trashy attempt at something that would trend, but it missed the mark. Such a wasted opportunity to have a big name like Cardi B on this track.
Lovesick Girls: I didn’t like this at first. Ha! Silly me. This is one of their best songs, I think. The lyrics are regrettably very generic at time, apart from the chorus, which I love, but the sound of the instrumental and the melody are beautiful and unique. This is the “something different” that a lot of Blinks have asked for. It sounds like a purple evening sky. Love it.
Crazy Over You: Another great one. The lyrics are once again, subpar, but this is a really solid track. Very fun and chill. Loving the dance vibe. The ending part is a bit cringy honestly, but I like it in general.
Love To Hate Me: This is a great song considering the fact that Blackpink has such an unusually huge hate train. It’s somewhat understandable due to YG’s terrible handling of the group, but why the hate has been directed at the girls instead of YG is beyond me. Needless to say, great song, both musically and lyrically.
You Never Know: Might be my favorite. It’s beautiful and unusual for this group. Also seems like a possible response to their hate train. A nice reminder that at the end of the day: they are humans, as we all are. I specifically thought of how the whole Lazy Jennie thing trended a while ago, and then recently she said she’s been very injured during that time. You never know.
Overall, I was somewhat please with some of these songs, but it doesn’t have that “early Blackpink” vibe that I loved so much. They seem like a different group now. Which is fine, but it doesn’t draw me in the same way. Oh well. I hope the girls are happy that they have more songs to perform now and I hope their career continues to flourish the more effort they put into their performances and music.