In reviewing ‘I burn’, I suddenly found myself down the (G)I-DLE wormhole, and now I cannot stop listening to (G)I-DLE. Frankly, this serves as a fantastic opportunity to review their work, and since I looked at ‘I burn’, we have to move down to ‘I trust‘, one of two releases from the CUBE Entertainment girl group in 2020. Released following a successful run on ‘Queendom’ (which we’ll touch on later), (G)I-DLE made their return to tackle on the darker concept they explored on the show.
This does beg a few questions: will that success translate well into a new release (and subsequent releases), do they truly suit the darker concepts, and can we trust (G)I-DLE to create a mini album that’s filled with amazing songs? We’ll have to take a look into the review to see!
“Oh my god”! What a fabulous track. From the haunting Billie Eilish-vibes of Minnie’s intro on top of a church organ to the staccatos of the piano melody that overlap Soyeon’s vocal (of whom produced this track, as usual) to the huskiness that Yuqi uses to absorb your attention to Miyeon’s arresting vocal in between segments to the sultriness that is Soojin in her solo lines and a vocal line for Shuhua after all this time, “Oh my god“, drops and all, is a heavy hitter. It’s the title track you don’t see coming, and adding to the track’s instrumental is lyrics of reference to a female god with an MV that Lady Gaga might have a word with… this is a (G)I-DLE concept I praise. ⬛
Translation: I Love You
Clicks go the tongue in “Luv U“, otherwise known as ‘Saranghae’, a fiesty fire of a track that has ‘MAZE’ and ‘$$$’ vibes written all over it. The tongue-clicks go on forever, like Alyssa Edwards on speed or Hereditary’s Charlie haunting you, but it makes for a catchy feel in a track that has the edge, yet doesn’t have quite the payoff. Maybe I was waiting for a chorus with more punch. That being said, with an offbeat rap that still spits flames, joined with powerful vocals from each member, and the sultriest of ‘Saranghae’s that you know is being whispered by the vixen Soojin herself, “Luv U” is the love letter with vibe. ⬛
“Maybe” may be my favorite (G)I-DLE song, and I’ll run you a few good reasons why: that incredible synth instrumental that begs you to dance, the whispering vocals all the way throughout that just vibes so well with the backing, its lyrics taking a turn on break-up hesitation, Soojin absolutely taking over (have you noticed I’ve stanned Soojin?) and sensually suggesting sweet ‘maybe’s, and how verse to chorus transition… this is a fabulous blend and feels like a treat for the gays (and obviously, K-pop fans). Maybe I’m exaggerating, maybe I’m too biased, maybe I listened to this a lot more than I thought. Maybe. ⬛
“LION” was previously introduced as their finale track for the competition reality show ‘Queendom’, and boy, was it well received! That being said, it wasn’t my favorite from the finale, nor is it one of my favorite songs from (G)I-DLE. Despite this, I do like the track’s flow, from the vocalizations in the chorus to its hard-hitting bass in the background giving this song the power its title absolutely suggests. It just doesn’t have quite the oomph I wish it had, and it doesn’t quite have the staying or replay value I look for. Still, it is a great song, one that deservedly put them close to the top on the show, and one that suits many. (G)I-DLE aren’t lion kings, they’re lion queens. ⬛
Added to the album is the English version of “Oh my god”, “Oh my god (English Ver.)“. At this point, I can’t make mention of the crafting of the instrumental as I’ve already established that at the beginning of this review, BUT can I just say that it is remarkable how good they sound in English too? The edge and sultriness is still there, and Soyeon’s rap in English still hits hard. Minnie’s English intro still has its haunting feel, Miyeon still delivers in her segments, Yuqi’s voice does change a slight bit but you know she’s there, and Shuhua has got it good. Can’t say anything bad, oh my god! ⬛
‘I trust‘ is a definite recommend! What a mini. The title track and “Maybe” alone are great listens, and while I’m not particularly fond of “Luv U” and “LION”, they are tracks that I know Korean pop fans will love. I can’t really begin to explain my incredible love for “Maybe” without going into maybe full detail, and I think I’ve found that my bias is Soojin through this mini alone, so there’s a lot to unpack in regards here. However, these are happy incidents, and I continue to appreciate the material that (G)I-DLE has out each year. A great treat in 2020, ‘I trust’ should be one album people have in their K-pop catalog.
MUST-LISTEN: Maybe, Oh my god, Oh my god (English Ver.)
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