While I predominantly cover singles on here, I’ve always been an avid consumer of albums. More often than not, this results in some songs that I adore but others that I detest. As a remedy to this issue, we have Beast Sides! These songs put the Beast in B-side and are either stronger than their accompanying title track or songs that are just too solid to leave out.
Apart from the fractured title track which I still haven’t comeback to since my initial review, Ciipher’s latest mini is actually quite solid. It’s short but sweet tracklist doesn’t contain any boundary pushing gems or instant classics but instead delivers a consistently enjoyable collection of tracks that work well together. It allows them to stretch their sound with hypnotic mid-tempo’s like Stay whilst also delving into the realm of widescreen anthems like On A Highway. A song that I could have also easily featured. But the moment I heard the bouncy pop rock of Slam The Door, I was completely smitten.
From its power pop inspired production to that punchy chorus, Slam The Door has One Direction written all over it. It’s structure and execution is shockingly similar to the groups early 2010 singles to a achingly similar degree. As such, it also doubles as a natural progression of another song I loved from 2021. Ghost9’s outstanding Up All Night. And while this might be a turn off for some, this is a sound that I just happen to love. It’s incredibly nostalgic for me and usually brings together some of my favourite musical elements together to form an exciting listen. And that’s exactly why Slam The Door works for me. Apart from its surprisingly downbeat and out of place opening, that’s still salvaged by the tracks very catchy underlying guitar riff, it’s an incredibly buoyant blast of pop-rock, culminating in a shout to the rafters chorus that shifts from percussive to anthemic with ease.
And so when you consider all these factors, it’s hard to understand why the song was relegated to mid album filler instead of being promoted. It’s bouncy, rock production would work as a great successor to last years excellent Blind and it’s self referential outro literally sounds like something that would be in a single. Even more so considering that the members played a pretty large part in the production, something that could really be used to bolster their popularity. In another universe, this could have really kick-started K-pop summer.
Final Rating: 8.75 / 10