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[Review] [Single] 2NE1 – “Falling In Love”

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written by: McRoth
Artist and Single: 2NE1 – “Falling In Love”
Genre: Reggae, Pop, Idol
Release Date: July 08, 2013

As obnoxious as it can be to have a hype man or woman in music, it’s common knowledge that one of the things propelling girl group 2NE1 to continued success is leader CL and all her badassery. She reclaims her position in the group’s latest release, “Falling In Love”, where not only do we hear bits of “The Baddest Female”, but are treated to elements fans and critics alike have come to cherish from 2NE1’s past musical endeavors.

As aforementioned by YG, “Falling In Love” has reggae tendencies abound. They’re not immediately accessible when the song first starts, but end up building as the song reaches its end. To my surprise, this song flows a lot more standard to K-Pop than a lot of their singles, which are usually loud and riddled with excessive synths. And though this is a minor departure from that, the core mechanics of a YG production are all there.

To many, this song sounds vaguely familiar, but upon a quick YouTube search, “Falling In Love” was in fact teased a year ago during 2NE1’s “I Love You” comeback stage (the one with the bird).

It’s crazy to think how a packed schedule and a company’s prioritization can push back a song’s release, but the important thing to remember is that it’s all culminating to something tangible very soon, finally … hopefully.

“Falling In Love” has a lot going for it. For one, Minzy grounds the reggae-fied verses really well. They come and go, unfortunately, as she hands the baton over to CL, who quickly turns the dial back to hip-hop territory; an area in which she’s convinced she shines best. But if there’s something truly redeeming, if not for everyone at least for me, is Park Bom‘s return to the mic.

I’ve said it plenty of times: Park Bom is one of K-Pop’s best recording artists and a vital element in 2NE1’s music. It’s not so much her strengths as a singer, but moreso her incredibly rich timbre. Bom is an engaging singer to hear, especially in B-list songs, and “Falling In Love” is just another example of her hold on the listening experience.

Dara‘s middle eight, auto-tune and all, was surprisingly pleasant and enjoyable.

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Is “Falling In Love” 2NE1’s strongest single yet? If your definition of a strong 2NE1 single is indicative of extraneous noise and high-octane electronic dance music, then no. It’s not incredibly innovative or all that memorable. But it is perfectly feel-good – much like the majority of the “I Love You” experience – and I’m not entirely opposed to 2NE1 veering toward this kind of easier music to digest.

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Score: 3/5

Singles of any kind are not rated with the same rating system used for mini and full albums.

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8 thoughts on “[Review] [Single] 2NE1 – “Falling In Love”

  1. At first i didn’t like it, but after listening to the song a few times and understanding the eng translation, i really like the song! I guess i’m just not used to them with this style being very feminine, i’m used to them being very bad ass you know what i mean;D

  2. I agree that this is not their best single, maybe it’s like an intro to the other three singles that they’re going to release in the future. Though, everything fits perfectly in the song, Bom’s on the chorus, Minzy and CL on the verse and Dara lazying around on the middle eight. I imagine this as the song that everyone will listen while doing shit (not literally though) during summer. =)

  3. I kinda like the song, but everything else is bad. Has YG gone lazy in making music videos? I see no difference with SM’s boxed MVs in terms of effort. And their dancing sucks. I get that it’s supposed to be laid back or something but it seems like dara and bom don’t have any sense of rhythm.

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