Best of the B-Sides: Vol.05 (ONER, f(x), SHINee, Sexy Zone)

Long-time readers of The Bias List will know how stingy I am when it comes to rating songs from nine. But there is a lot of music that qualifies. In fact, I have a playlist with over 600 of them in my iTunes. The vast majority of them are singles or title tracks, but there are also many B-sides.

As a compliment to my Buried Treasures series, I thought it was time to highlight some of these undervalued gems. Enter, The best of the B-sides, where I share four untitled titles that have connected with me to a large extent. Korean, Japanese, Chinese … doesn't matter. Hopefully you will find something you like!

Vol.01

Vol.02

Vol.03

Vol.04

Year of publication: 2019

All of ONER's material is worth looking for, but the delicate, emotional missing you has a special place in my heart. Sometimes it only takes a perfectly placed instrumental element to make a song fly. Most of Missing You is a typical (but very good) boy band ballad. However, adding a beautifully structured brass flourish increases the entire route. I can't explain it, but this brass test alone makes me weirdly emotional. Together with the choir's melodic coat of arms, it is downright convincing. It helps that the sound fits perfectly with the group's vocal color. If the instrumental falls out briefly during the highlight of Missing You to put these voices in the spotlight, I'm in the hands of the song.

hook 9
production 10th
longevity 9
Preload 9
RATING 9.25

Year of publication: 2015

I've always said that I'm more tied to f (x) b pages than title tracks, and Rude Love is a great example of that. The 4 Walls album is consistently great, but since its release, this song has seemed like a title track that only begs for advertising. f (x) play their club sound to the fullest and groove on the house piano of the 90s and the brisk percussion. The verses are a great showcase to build anticipation, which only hits the Mude Choir by Rude Love harder when it finally falls. The production here is true to grade – simple and clear, but incredibly powerful. I love how the second verse increases energy by another level. And if that wasn't enough, a catchy, cut vocal loop offers a secondary hook as the track approaches its finale.

hook 9
production 10th
longevity 9
Preload 9
RATING 9.25

Year of publication: 2013

SHINee's Everybody mini album is perfect from start to finish, but Queen Of New York is the funniest moment. The verses are pure, groovy bliss, while the boys growl through an incredibly rhythmic melody. This segment crosses into a lighter, funky pre-chorus that brings retro synth stitches to a brilliant effect. Finally we meet the airy, nimble structure of Queen's Choir, which leaps forward with timeless energy. Most importantly, the route never subjects itself to a momentary break. The percussion is consistently stable and safe, and this makes a major contribution to making this a modern classic.

hook 9
production 10th
longevity 9
Preload 10th
RATING 9.5

Year of publication: 2018

Ignition Countdown is a fantastic encapsulation of a certain Johnny sound that I'm drawn to. The synth-driven percussion and the lively rhythm guitar combine radio influence with harder electronic pop. Rock guitar adds a bombastic touch and gives the track a larger-than-life appeal that continues through its multi-layered, polyphonic chorus. Every Johnny group has at least a handful of tracks in this sense, but Sexy Zone's strong voice cache ensures a particularly good match. The countdown for the ignition crackles with energy from start to finish and gallops through a series of hooks that culminate with an extended song.

hook 9
production 10th
longevity 9
Preload 9
RATING 9.25

Like this:

To like Loading…

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here