Artist: BLACKPINK

Album: The Album

Record Label: YG Entertainment

Genre: K-Pop

Recommendations: Track 7 — “Love To Hate Me” and Track 8 — “You Never Know”

The lovesick girls are finally here! (Actually, they’re back.) Happy 2020, Blinks. On Oct. 1, our girls, BLACKPINK, came back with a new title track, “Lovesick Girls,” leading their first full-length, eight-track album (unfortunately called The Album) with a classic: heartbreaking lyrics on top of an upbeat melody. It’s very much a “Playing With Fire” type of song; even the music videos resemble each other. Personally, I was very pleased with this, as “Playing With Fire” has been my favorite BLACKPINK song since its release back in 2016.

The Album consists of eight tracks that are split between English and Korean — four predominantly English songs (“Ice Cream,” featuring Selena Gomez, “Bet You Wanna,” featuring Cardi B, “Crazy Over You,” and “Love to Hate Me”) and four predominantly Korean songs (“How You Like That,” which was released as a single back in June, “Pretty Savage,” “Lovesick Girls,” and “You Never Know”). The two tracks I happened to be most drawn to are different languages — one English and one Korean — and both are placed chronologically at the end of The Album. The songs just keep getting better and better as the album plays through.

My first recommendation is Track 7, “Love To Hate Me.” Between this song and Track 6, “Crazy Over You,” it was difficult to pick one I favored, but I resonated a bit more with the lyrics of “Love To Hate Me,” and the instrumental was a little more soothing than the slightly harsh beats of “Crazy Over You.” Track 7 is a nice ‘no drama’ song; the girls sing about letting tension and hate roll off their backs while others are caught up in anger and stressing out over what is, essentially, no reason. My favorite part is the bridge: “Negative days; negative nights / Baby, you’re wasting all your time / I can’t relate; I keep it light / No-no-no drama in my life.” It’s not only a very catchy part of the song, it’s a very optimistic outlook, which we all kind of need right now. I personally love songs that encourage me to kick back and not worry about anything, so “Love To Hate Me” is just my style.

From the Korean half of The Album, my top pick is the concluding track, “You Never Know.” My favorite part, lyrically, is near the beginning of the song: “온 세상이 바뀌어가도 [Even if the whole world changes] / 아직 나는 그대론 걸 [I’m still the same] / 내가 걸어가는 이 길을 꿈꾸던 [I dreamed of this path I walked]” (translations from genie.com), though the lyrics aren’t necessarily my favorite piece of “You Never Know.” They definitely add to it, but it’s the passion and the sentiment that I’m drawn to. It’s much calmer compared to the rest of the songs on the album, which are upbeat and either full of confidence or heartbreak. This song slows it down: it addresses the difficulties of being in the spotlight, and being judged despite not being known. Again, it’s a very relatable song, and it’s one that tugs on the heartstrings a little more than the rest of the album thanks to the calm, serene tempo and vocals.

Honestly, all the songs on the album are decent, if not good. “Ice Cream” is the perfect summer song — and a bonus for everyone who missed Selena Gomez. “How You Like That” and “Pretty Savage” are both high quality ‘bad b—h’ songs, which I will be adding to the playlist I have full of similarly themed music. The Album is the perfect ‘heartbreak girl’ rollercoaster ride: from ‘I’m doing just fine without you’ to ‘you broke my heart’ to ‘I’m on top of the world’ and all the other twists and turns of emotion following a breakup. I don’t know if following the emotional swings of a heartbroken person was BLACKPINK’s intention with the album — it’s so brand new that they’ve yet to talk about the concept — but that was my interpretation, and I love The Album even more for that reason. Here’s to hoping BLACKPINK keeps rolling with this ‘heartbreak girl’ theme; they do it best!

Featured Image: Courtesy of BLACKPINK

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  • Brianna Wilson is an English major who has been with the Quaker Campus since her first year at Whittier College. In-between work and school, Brianna loves journaling, working out, and watching YouTube videos (mostly from the gaming community).

Brianna Wilson is an English major who has been with the Quaker Campus since her first year at Whittier College. In-between work and school, Brianna loves journaling, working out, and watching YouTube videos (mostly from the gaming community).
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