Despite my personal qualms with Blackpink’s music, I’ve always found the girls to be more appealing as four distinct personalities than as a group. This is something that lends very well to solo ventures and much like how member Jennie debuted back in late 2018 with, Rosé has graced us with her own solo venture more than two years after her fellow group mate. And while many had hoped for her to embrace a more melodic vocal driven track, On The Ground feels much like the same. And not in the good way.
When I first saw On The Ground being billed as a ‘Soft-Rock’ song, I was excited. I have a true ‘soft’ (hehe) spot for soft rock songs that embrace strong, emotive melodies and the thought of Rosé tackling such a sound gave hope that we could be getting something really special. Unfortunately, On The Ground is the most boring kind of ‘soft rock’. And while it doesn’t really commit any real musical sins, On The Ground feels horribly bland. There just isn’t any real meat on its bones and while I do enjoy some of the more electronic touches during the verses, the entire package just feels like a Taylor Swift reject. It just plods along without any real backbone and almost evaporates from memory the moment it comes to an end. And apart from Rosé being the one leading the track, it has absolutely no sense of identity what so ever.
This could have been salvaged given an engaging hook but the inert drop at the centre of On The Ground does the track little favours. It’s not a particularly bad drop and the tron-esque synth work could have really fit well in the context of another song but when tacked onto something as low energy and languid as On The Ground, it just doesn’t work. This isn’t a bad song by any means but with its utterly generic and obviously international pleasing soundscape, I doubt I’ll ever be coming back to On The Ground willingly.
Final Rating: 6/10