SONG REVIEW: Beach Again – SSAK3

This song is just sunshine in a bottle. I’d been debating about whether or not I would give it a full review but after a few spins I realised just how freaking great it is. I’ve said before that the K-pop summer of 2020 is shaping up to be pretty great and tracks like this are exactly why. SSAK3 are a co-ed trio that brings together Korean superstars Rain and Lee Hyori along with the nations mc, Yoo Jae-suk. This might sound like an odd combination on paper but with something this unabashedly joyful, that doesn’t matter at all.

When it comes to musical flourishes, brass is one of my biggest weaknesses. For some reason whenever songs incorporate this particular flourish, I lose my shit. And that’s exactly one of the reasons why I think this song is just so great. Brass explosions are everywhere! It’s a perfect 90’s throwback all the way down to the breezy chorus and unflagging momentum. The bouncy instrumental is nothing revolutionary but it just feels so great. Rather than be a fun little throwback song, Beach Again feels like an honest to goodness pop song. It feels like there has really been some heart put into the track and it’s just a great time all round.

But the real star of the show is that breezy chorus. It’s so melodically satisfying and hopefully will help reignite interest in these kinds of great, fun choruses. I’m all for retro sounds and songs like this further reaffirm my love for the genre. It’s a track that could have easily become a silly little detour but each line is so well performed that you cant help but have a smile throughout the entire song. This coupled with an immensely satisfying music video and you’ve got one of the years most joyous singles. I know this post has just been me repeating the same few points over and over again but with songs like this its really hard for me to think objectively. It’s just simple, unabashedly fun summer time goodness. And sometimes that’s all you need. Lets go U-Doragon, Linda G and B-Ryong!

Verses: 8

Chorus: 9

Production: 9

Performance: 9

Final Rating8.75 / 10


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