Friday, December 28th, 2018

Twice – The Best Thing I Ever Did

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Will Adams: A Christmas miracle: even a girl group that boasts a deep catalogue of electrifying singles can release a ballad this boring.

Joshua Minsoo Kim: Fact: No K-pop group can ever claim that a Christmastime song was the best thing they ever did. Granted, this track is one of the least egregious ones in recent memory, but the talk-rap is abysmal and the whole thing reeks of being a low-effort, obligatory holiday song. Every year, I hear complaints about how it seems like we’re stuck with the same Christmas songs forever. Every year, South Korea proves that the alternative isn’t any better.

Edward Okulicz: The title’s a “Kick Me” sign, but on its own merits the song isn’t awful, it’s just a bit on the sappy side. The lyrics, translated, say that “December is no longer lonely” which is a sop to the season and making it a default Christmas ballad as well. The overall effect certainly is one of cozy satisfaction, but there’s a fine line between that and falling asleep, and I’m not sure this is on the right side of that line.

Tobi Tella: I was pleasantly surprised by the restraint of this — not very characteristic for the genre, but it works very well for a sweet, chill ballad. It makes me want to sit in front of a fire with hot chocolate.

Katherine St Asaph: I am probably the only person alive whose mind places this on a spectrum containing Britney’s mildly twinkly “My Only Wish” (well, if we’re being totally honest, the late Hairpin’s Personal Bests hijinks) on one end, and Barbra Streisand’s saccharine “The Best Gift” (I Ever Got) on the other. The actual influences are more along the lines of Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Christina Aguilera’s “I Turn to You”: the derivative ballads of the catalog. It’s after December 25 now; who isn’t a grinch?

Alfred Soto: High fructose corn syrup poured over a carton of sugar. Happy New Year!

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4 Responses to “Twice – The Best Thing I Ever Did”

  1. On Christmas, the #1 and #2 songs on Melon were “All I Want for Christmas is You” and “Santa Tell Me,” respectively. Wish I checked where all the K-pop Christmas songs were at!

  2. Maxwell was right, the latest Twice release is the best song of all time (aka please post your reviews already)

  3. The Twice song will be coming up soon!

  4. “FANCY” is so frustrating. JYP/Twice can afford to go for a risk and they come back with such a lackluster song.

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