After what’s felt like a forever-long hiatus, 2NE1 has finally returned with the online release of their second full-length LP, titled Crush. The first two singles—“Come Back Home” and “Gotta Be You”—quickly garnered “all-kill” status in Korea, topping all nine major online music charts.
While the current K-pop craze is for female artists to go heavy on sex appeal, CL, Bom, Dara, and Minzy have always been more trendsetters than followers. Like previous releases, Crush is a tightly produced, infectious blend of pop, hip-hop, R&B, reggae, and club-friendly electronic music. It’s a formula that has been polished and perfected throughout 2013 with the release of singles “Falling in Love,” “Do You Love Me,” and CL’s solo “The Baddest Female.”
The video for “Come Back Home” drops midnight Korea time on Saturday morning (meaning Friday at 10 a.m. EST), and 2NE1 begins a world tour on March 1 with a show at Seoul’s Olympic Park Stadium.
In the meantime, here’s a quick rundown of the three songs you won’t be able to get enough of off Crush:
Produced by YG veteran Teddy, the CL solo record has a right-on-trend sound—EDM-infused melodies and trap beats—that will sound exponentially better with each downed adult beverage at a club. The 2NE1 leader’s deadpan flow has never sounded more convincing than when she orders club-goers to feel the maenbong, or mental breakdown, as she hits her peak.
“Come Back Home”
The old-school-inspired lead single is full of bridges, hooks, and fun dance interludes, immediately vaulting it next to the group’s 2009 debut “Fire” as an undeniable karaoke killer. Our favorite noraebang better get this in the book soon.
AFTER A BREAK-UP:
“Good to You (착한여자)”
Every 2NE1 project has at least one break-up record: “Stay Together” (2009) and “It Hurts (Slow)” (2010) are two examples. Their latest sob story, which sounds similar to “Black” by labelmate G-Dragon, asks the hard questions to a departed lover: “Can you tell her, the one who’s smiling in front of you now, what you told me when we first fell in love?” Probably not.