Jennie Kim of Blackpink has officially made her solo debut with “Solo”. Unfortunately, the song time is rather short, so I’m hoping they just pumped out a freakin’ bop in under 3 minutes.
Also, this review will be in collaboration with a good friend of mine, Seaun Atchison. He is from Arizona and helps with a bunch of the events happening around Arizona for the Kpop scene. I know that he was stoked for this comeback, as am I. So let’s quit wasting time.
Before I even begin to say anything about the video, I’m going to start off by saying Jennie is killing the game. She looked amazing and especially caught my attention in the rainbow dress. Jennie is a Queen! “I have to say this is absolutely my favorite song Jennie has ever sung. You actually get to hear her vocal range.” Seaun added to the ever present praising of Queen Jennie.
Now onto the actual video. I watched this video a couple of times, but still don’t remember anything from it. I remember her with a car, she was at the laundromat, and then she was dancing in the street. That’s pretty much all I remember. Now I know some of you are going to say that’s all that happened, but there had to be more than that in the video. Either way, that’s all I got. I even write this shit down while I’m watching the video, but I don’t remember anything that happened.
Seaun had this to say about the video: Also I love how in the beginning her outfits all coincided with the scenery. And on the topic of outfits, when she was in the laundromat she took off her white dress. Which was used to represent her "innocence" mentioned at the beginning of the song. And the progression shows how she's becoming her own badass female. When she opens the washer and it's a black jacket and she's in fishnets and all black. And to show she's over the breakup she tags her car with sayings like "Better off without you" and "Not even a distant memory."
The interesting thing about this song was the change of pace. First off, it started like it was going to be a love song (or at least what I would assume would be a love song sound). Then very quickly it changed from that soft, classical sound to a dirty dropped break-up song. In fact, in the song, Jennie says something along the lines of “This is a love story that doesn’t touch me at all”. I believe this line means that this bit of love won’t touch her, meaning that she is left alone.
When I mentioned the “love song sound”, what I was referring to was the plucked strings much like a Classical composition. It had a very elegant sound to it, but was severely interrupted when the beat change up came in. The beat became dirty really quick and stayed dirty for most of the song proving that this song was about heartbreak and not love.
Her rap completely took me by surprise for the fact that it's all in English. And the fact that the beat drops out almost completely to let the rap shine was such a good decision.
I also have to give props for the fact that this is a break up song, but a female positive break up. She's done with whomever it is and she's going solo. If you're looking for an empowerment song, this is it.
All in all it's a good short song, and honestly I can get with it. Can't wait to hear what the other girls drop. And I agree with everything that Seaun has said in this collaborative review. He obviously focused more on the video while I took on the musical aspect which worked out great. Thank you Seaun for your help with this review. I appreciate everyone who follows me. I’ll try to keep content up-to-date. I’ll see you in the next review.
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