When BIGBANG dropped the first two singles of their MADE album – ‘Loser’ and ‘Bae Bae’ – in May, fans were probably surprised that the five-member group decided to made their comeback without their signature dance numbers. ‘Loser’, in many ways, is an instantly likeable track. The song explores the emptiness one feels when he has forgotten how to love and opens with G-Dragon’s rap about his alienation from people who are “tamed” and “scripted”. While the lyrics are thought-provoking, ‘Loser’ is more stripped down in terms of melody when compared to ‘Bae Bae’.
The music video of ‘Bae Bae’ hints at sex and its lyrics are no less subtle. The boys sing about their passion for a girl whose eyes are “pretty like a deer” and their desire for her to “stay just as you are right now.” Taeyang and Daesung shine in the chorus, but the spotlight remains on G-Dragon and T.O.P’s playful rap bits.
It would have been predictable for BIGBANG to release more catchy club pieces, but slower numbers like ‘Loser’ and ‘Bae Bae’ help to build anticipation for the remaining singles of the MADE series. And when they dropped ‘Bang Bang Bang’ and ‘We Like To Party’ earlier this week, it is evident that they have evolved musically since they churned out their last studio album Alive three years ago.
‘Bang Bang Bang’ was labelled as an upgraded version of the group’s chart-topper ‘Fantastic Baby’ prior to its release, and the party track, with its synth-trap opening, is as infectious as its predecessor. But what feels a little out of place is the rhythm change that happens around the 2:40 mark. Just when listeners thought the song has ended, ‘Bang Bang Bang’ switches to a new high with the members chanting “Let the bass drum go.”
Just like its light-hearted music video, ‘We Like To Party’ brims as a feel-good, pop track. The boys sound happier and verses such as “For today that will never come again, cheers to the sky” and “Because we are young, we will regret tomorrow” stand as a manifesto of the YOLO spirit.
Recommended tracks: ‘Loser’ and ‘Bang Bang Bang’