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