Saturday, September 7th, 2019

Everglow – Adios

An anagram of “I love dowagers”, yet somehow omitted from the soundtrack of Downton Abbey Rides Again



Scott Mildenhall: So there are other people wondering how high Showtek’s “Booyah” should place on their end-of-decade list. The only thing better would be if they could help make the call on whether Wiley’s “Take That” counts as 2000s or 2010s.

Joshua Minsoo Kim: “Adios” is the most obvious post-Blackpink song of the year, aiming for the triumphant, festival-ready songs that the girl group churned out for their latest mini. There’s a toughness that the Everglow girls try to exude that’s belied by how by-the-numbers this feels, and it’s a shame that an attempt at multidimensionality with the pre-chorus (“Why do you make me feel so small”) is belied by how the genre-blending seems so rote. This is forced pomp and nothing else, though the added horns in the final stretch are a nice touch.

Leonel Manzanares de la Rosa: There’s something wonderfully weird about this — a shuffle groove-led song with pre-choruses in full 4/4, a catchy, hushed refrain right before the hook, and then a massive, stadium-filling chorus driven by one of the most memorable synth riffs of the year so far. Everglow surprised the entire K-pop universe earlier this year with “Bon Bon Chocolat” (a SOTY contender in my book), but a follow-up as solid as this one creates very exciting expectations for the future. 

Anjy Ou: I’ve been playing this song for almost three weeks but I still don’t know exactly how I feel about it. Yiren’s whispering into the silence before the drop is excellent — menacing and alluring at the same time — but Mia and Siheyon’s vocals get lost in the mix right before that (the live performance is much better). And I find it hilarious and baffling that Yuehua/OLLIPOP just straight up decided to make “Kill This Love (Version 2)”. I think I prefer the dynamism and scatter of the verses in “KTL” but this has a better chorus and thus feels a lot more cohesive. “Adios” commits to pulling the trigger and stomping out any feelings for good — that unwavering resolve is ultimately what makes this track for me.

Kayla Beardslee: I found “Kill This Love” incredibly grating, so I actually like its sound more when watered down. However, this derivative version still feels a little disjointed, and Everglow’s inspiration is so obvious that it saps energy from the song.

Alex Clifton: All I hear is “I’m an Albatraoz” but more obnoxious and a bunch of noises clattering in the background. I suddenly understand how parents feel at pop concerts.

Joshua Lu: Can I blame this song for getting “I’m an Albatraoz” to over 1 billion views?

Jacob Sujin Kuppermann: The combination of this faux-medieval sounding 2013 drop and the playground chant hook makes me feel like I’m hungover and my roommate is playing Overwatch with the volume blasting.

Alfred Soto: Nostalgia for the beginning of the decade’s Eurodance twaddle.

Jessica Doyle: I’m dying to hear how this sounds to someone who didn’t grow up attending annual tree lighting ceremonies.

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3 Responses to “Everglow – Adios”

  1. THIS is the fodder people refer to when they justify their aversion to K-Pop with that matter-of-fact pretentiousness that it “all sounds the same”; Everglow wouldn’t be able to pass a plagiarism checker considering the “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” introductory production and rap intonations (Jennie’s “bad girl” line seems to pop out here as well…) that are incoherently spliced with “Kill This Love” bombast.

  2. bad song but good blurbs guys!!!!!!!!!

  3. Definitely liked “Bon Bon Chocolat” (not to the extent that Leonel did) but I was pretty let down by this. I’m happy that K-pop is getting even more successful in the West but I’m not so sure about how BTS and Blackpink are influencing K-pop at large.

    Also, I see that my penchant for quickly writing blurbs on my phone led to me using the word “belied” twice in the same sentence.

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