Blackpink are the world’s greatest Ok-pop lady group, the essence of swagger in human type: a four-woman swirl of glam vitality. Jisoo, Rosé, Lisa, and Jennie have blown up into a worldwide pop sensation, even invading America—with out the slightest trace of watering down what they do. Their hotly awaited new Born Pink is Blackpink’s first album since their 2020 debut, The Album, and like The Album it’s quick and candy: 8 songs, practically all precisely 3 minutes, practically all bristling with brassy uptempo confidence. Even after they’re they’re lovesick ladies, they’re true rock stars at coronary heart. And so they’ve lastly made the nice pop album they’ve at all times had in them.
Throughout Born Pink, Blackpink preserve reminding you that you just’re nowhere close to as cool as they’re, however no less than you’re fortunate sufficient to bask of their charismatic glow. All 4 of them make Born Pink a tribute to the fantastic artwork of being a woman who will get what she desires. “I’ll be all you want till I’m driving you insane,” they sing on the superb “Exhausting to Love,” and that’s an ideal Blackpink motto.
Born Pink is their comeback after a interval of progress, when Rosé, Lisa, and Jennie have all executed solo materials. Nevertheless it’s sooner, shinier, and far more enjoyable than The Album. “Pink Venom” blew up this summer season, their splashiest hit but, switching between English and Korean—they strut their stuff with the bombastic panache of a classic Eighties glam-metal band, on the extent of Poison or Motley Crue, particularly when Rosé proclaims, “I’m so rock & roll!”
“Shut Down” is a typical second: these ladies floss of their automobile over a lure beat and a loopy loop of classical violin. (The hook comes from “La Campanella,” by the Italian classical composer Niccolo Paganini!) They kiss off rivals and the papparazzi with the sneer, “Praying for my downfall? Many have tried, child.” These vroooms evoke Missy Elliott, as the ladies chant, “Whip it whip it whip it whip it / Preserve watching me shut it down!”
Blackpink boast about being each pop stars and rock stars in “Shut Down,” so it is smart their finest bangers on Born Pink are the ferocious rock & roll anthems. “Yeah Yeah Yeah” is the height, driving on a jagged guitar riff—someplace between Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and the Vehicles’ “Let’s Go”—with lavish thrives of over-the-top synth-disco. “Tally” catches your consideration with a pointy punk guitar and the opening line, “I say ‘fuck it’ once I really feel it.” But when you don’t really feel it, Blackpink merely don’t care. As they sing, “When you’re speaking all that shit, I’ll be getting mine!”
The one bummer on Born Pink is “The Happiest Lady within the World,” a ballad fully in English, about swallowing the ache, with the hook, “I can cease the tears if I wish to.” Blackpink deal with the unhappy songs, however they’re actually at their finest after they’re insisting on enjoyable as each lady’s prerogative. They’re a very nice pop group—and Born Pink is the nice pop album they had been born to make.
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