written by: McRoth
Artist/Single: 15& – “Somebody”
Genre: Pop, Dance
Release Date: April 07, 2013
Park Jimin and Baek Yerin of K-Pop Star fame — now under JYP Entertainment — hit a very bizarre note last year when they debuted with the overly subdued single “I Dream“. While not a terrible song, its complete lack of energy was a poor musical hook for a rookie group to ride and it didn’t do much to impress. Considering how incredibly talented these young singers are, it’s an understatement to say they deserved better.
This year, JYP has made certain not to repeat any offenses with 15&‘s comeback single, “Somebody“. And to his credit, he hasn’t.
Sitting perfectly in line with the Wonder Girls‘ “Be My Baby” and Miss A‘s “Breathe“, 15&’s single is a fun and bouncy dance song that possesses all of JYP’s trademark production value (although produced by the likes of Ryan S. Jhun of Marcan Entertainment, whose work stretches many a wonderful discography), without making the actual vocalists sound too terrible. Which is a big win because with voices like these, it would be a crime to skew perception of value in all the wrong ways like can happen under this company from time to time.
With great voices happening, all that’s left is the instrumental, and my-oh-my is this a nice one. Again, JYP’s bareness in execution is showing, but it works here. The plucking of the sitar (an Indian stringed instrument) adds a very interesting and somewhat odd contrast to the highly pop-y melodies in the verses. There are moments in the song where it disappears completely, and it’s noticeable, but then it all comes together in a well-woven chorus lead by a super catchy line of somobody‘s and everyone is happy.
“Somebody”, like my dear friend Nicole of Pop Reviews Now has noted in her excellent review, is effortless and perfectly youthful and I think that’s exactly what these young singers needed to stand on their own as a strong pop ensemble.
Singles of any kind are not rated with the same rating system used for mini and full albums.