It’s been a long time coming but BLACKPINK is finally back and better than ever with their second album: BORN PINK, and one of their best title tracks to date with ‘Shut Down.’
With the release of ‘Pink Venom,’ we all realised not only how much we’d missed BLACKPINK, but also how much we needed their music back in our lives – and the moment is finally here. The wait may have been long but it was definitely worth it because the girls did not let us down. BORN PINK and ‘Shut Down’ are everything we wanted and more.
This new BLACKPINK song doesn’t sound like anything they’ve done before, and it absolutely slaps. ‘Shut Down’ may sound simple at first but this is actually a genius song. The use of the sample of Paganini’s ‘La Campanella’ is simply brilliant. The way they create a hip-hop song around a classical sample we all have heard before is just insane and so satisfying to hear. They re-invent the sample completely but it also feels like they’re re-inventing themselves as they clap back at haters. This might be one of their best title tracks yet, and that says a lot because it’s BLACKPINK who we’re talking about here. ‘Shut Down’ is just amazing and the definition of an addictive song – with its catchy melodies and amazing raps. We can’t get enough of it.
And the music video is so special to BLACKPINK and Blinks. Not only are the aesthetics and visuals to die for, but it is so heartwarming and so fun to look at the different references to their previous releases. One can find several shots that are exactly the same as one of their old music videos, or even the recreation of several of their iconic sets. One big example of this being Jennie rapping on top of a tank just like the one she does on ‘DU-DDU-DU-DDU.’ Or even Lisa standing on the same bridge as in ‘Playing With Fire.’ The song as a whole also makes references to several of their songs as a group but also their solo songs. It feels like closure but also an opening for even better things to come.
BLACKPINK are one of the biggest girl groups in the entire world right now and we all know the impact they’ve had in the industry and on us. We just love to see them owning the success they’ve had during their career as a group with ‘Shut Down.’
And if we look further than ‘Shut Down,’ with this second album, BLACKPINK’s discography remains flawless. We had already heard the powerful pre-release single ‘Pink Venom,’ as well as ‘Ready For Love‘ – a summer song released in collaboration with PUBG MOBILE. We loved these songs and it made us all the more excited for this full release, and BORN PINK did not let us down.
If you liked the overflowing confidence and sassiness from ‘Pretty Savage‘ and ‘Bet You Wanna,’ ‘Typa Girl’ is definitely for you. It’s the perfect mix between a hip-hop song and a pop song. It’s that type of sound that we absolutely love from BLACKPINK. In the same vibe, we have ‘Tally’ that not only mixes hip-hop and pop, but also pop-rock influence. It is all about empowerment and embracing oneself. It feels lowkey liberating just to listen to this one.
‘Yeah Yeah Yeah’ is more of a fun song with its bright synth and its joyful melody. And what makes this song even more special is that Rosé and Jisoo participated in the writing of the song. ‘Hard To Love’ is the perfect follow-up to ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah’ with its retro-pop sound and its groovy drop. It is an honest song that reflects insecurities and raw emotions, but it is mixed with a brighter sound and energy. It makes addictive to listen to. And to everyone’s surprise, this track is actually a Rosé solo and we love it.
We love when BLACKPINK do ballads and ‘The Happiest Girl’ is a type of ballad they had never tried before – and it might be their best one yet. It is emotional and raw and sheds a light on their vocals and the realness of their emotions. All the girls sound absolutely incredible and it might be their most heartbreaking song yet.
With BORN PINK and ‘Shut Down,’ BLACKPINK are sticking the sound we love and experimenting with new elements as well. It created what is most probably their best release to date. We didn’t think they could top their last comeback but here we are. It was more than worth the wait and we can’t wait to see the girls perform these songs live on their upcoming tour.
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