I was seriously contemplating whether to write this review or not. At first, I was like, maybe I could review just the title track and music video. But I might as well do it all.
GOT7 is a South Korean Boy band managed by JYP Entertainment. The group consists of seven members – JB, Mark, Jackson, Jinyoung, Youngjae, BamBam and Yugyeom. They officially debuted in 2014 with their first EP: Got It?. I hardly keep up with GOT7’s comebacks. And although I only listen to title tracks or singles from the members, I can tell that they are talented. From now on, I will try to keep up with their comebacks. I do not follow too many Kpop groups. There are so many of them and keeping up with all is unrealistic. Even with the few I know, I still feel like it is a lot to juggle. I am a multifandom kind of girl, but I have my limits.
Anyways GOT7 just released their tenth EP titled Call My Name. This extended play has six songs with “You Calling My Name” as the title track.
(This is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to the songs.)
Reaction to Official MV/Title Track:
- This does not necessarily deserve mention, but I love the heartbeat sound at the beginning.
- Shoutout to the opening scene with the member in the middle connecting his feet to other members. The way the scene was shot is quite intriguing. Is that JB in the middle? I am not sure.
- Yesss, BamBam. Even though I do not religiously follow them, I can have a bias😊. He is looking good.
- I am here for the chill choreography going on.
- I love how mature and sensual this song sounds.
- The leather suits are sleek. Excellent choice of outfits, they all look great.
- Also another excellent decision on not having crazy hair colours. You can never go wrong with black or brown for a mature concept.
- WHAT??? I was not expecting such a chorus. It is different.
- The beat for the chorus is the perfect kind of groovy.
- After the chorus section, the tempo of the song definitely goes up a bit.
- As always, Jackson comes hitting me with an impressive rap part.
- There is something different about the second chorus section. It slightly has a different vibe. I think this is due to the instrumentalization, something has been added in.
- I admire the simplicity of the music video. It allows more focus to be on the members and the choreography.
- I just witnessed a slow side to side hip swing. What is that?😂😂😂😂
- The vocalist all sound great, but Jinyoung stole my heart in this one.
- The hip swing is still killing me😂😂😂😂. LMAO, I cannot deal.
- I also love Youngjae parts, especially when he sings, “call out my name, nal bulleo jwo.”
- I absolutely adore the adlibs and background vocal towards the end of the track.
- Okay, okay… this is a song that I can listen to on repeat. It is perfect, I love it… I LOVE the mature concept. So “You Calling My Name” is for sure, going on my personal playlist.
- Before I check out the other songs, I have to watch this music video again on the highest volume.
- After a few more listens, I noticed that this song has a disco vibe, and I AM OFFICIALLY A DISCO BALL.💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
- Also, while listening to the chorus, I felt it reminded me of another song, and I finally figured it out. The style is similar to “How Long” by Charlie Puth, which is also a fantastic song.
Before I get started, here is a sample of the EP for anyone who has not listened to it yet.
- You Calling My Name – Replayed it a few more times, it is such a smooth track.
- Pray – I love how this started. I already know it is going to be good. I love whoever started the song (I had to confirm, and of course, it is Jinyoung). The intense EDM beat that came in before the chorus threw me off a bit… I did not expect the song to take that route. Mark and Jackson are killing me with their deep voices💕💕. Also, the vocals on “Pray” are clear and fitting to the song. I feel this is a song that some people might not really enjoy from the first listen because of how complex it is. I enjoyed listening to it from my first go, but I had to replay it a few times to truly appreciate the sound.
- Now or Never – The beginning beat is giving me classic pop vibes. This EP definitely has an electronic vibe, and I am genuinely enjoying the sound. I have to check for who produced this… so DJ Jonas Blues produced this song (I do not know much about him). But I must say that I was not expecting this sound for the two tracks I have listened to so far. I also hear some Carribean influence on the instrumental, and that makes it feel like a song that should have been released during summer. I am 50/50 on “Now or Never.” It is a lovely song, they all sound great, I love the piano exit but… Hmmm.
- THURSDAY – I love the harmonization going on here, and Jackson’s voice really compliments this song. The instrumental on this is so groovy. The vocalists are giving me life. For some reason, “THURSDAY” feels too short, I needed more time with it. This is a great track, I absolutely love it. So far, my favourite is still the title track.
- Run Away – Okay… Yesss, I am here for this sound. That first beat and note quickly got my attention. I love that “really wanna, really wanna, really wanna, really wanna talk to you.” I just live for when lyrics have the same rhythmic flow as the beat. This also has that electronic feel, but it not as intense like “Pray.” The vocals on this are pure bliss to my ears. I am already dancing to this track. This might be one of my best songs on the EP. HOLD UP… they did it again, the lyrics followed the beat pattern exactly ( I had to check for who sang the rhythmic parts towards the end, turns out it is Mark and BamBam). I truly enjoyed listening to “Run Away.”
- Crash & Burn – I like the start. Once again, the intense EDM, which I am used to now. The chorus is really catchy, “Till I crash and burn… Na eojireowo eojireowo, Moeritsoge neo. Till I crash and burn”. I love the instrumental distortion that happens before the pre-chorus section. The bass during the chorus goes hard. Ooooh, the high notes towards the end are too good. This is another favourite for me on the album. LOVE IT. “Crash & Burn” is a legit body roll song.
Overall this was a great album. There were a few times when I was caught of guard. The electronic vibe for the entire EP is definitely not what I was expecting, but I actually really enjoyed it. My favourites are “You Calling My Name,” “Run Away,” and “Crash & Burn.” This is my ranking –
- You Calling My Name
- Crash & Burn
- Run Away
- Now or Never
I just feel “Now or Never” did not do much for me. I do not know why because I really do appreciate the instrumental and vocals on the song, but I am just not too impressed with the overall composition. Funny thing is, it might turn out to be another person’s favourite. That is the thing about music, everyone has different taste.
My rating for GOT7’s tenth EP – Call My Name is 9/10.
I am looking forward to more songs from GOT7. If anyone reading this post has never listened to a song from them, go check them out. Here is one of my favourites as a recommendation –
I sincerely hope that you all are enjoying my series of album reviews because I plan to start checking out more artists out of my usual favourites.
Till my next post, take care.