Quick Reviews: BABYMONSTER provide some hope with “FOREVER”

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After a rough start to their careers as effectively a quasi-2NE1/BLACKPINK cover group, BABYMONSTER do still maintain a similar quality on “FOREVER“, but begin to lean more into the vocal side of their predecessors (“As If It’s Your Last”, sorta) and is better off for it.

Unfortunately the second rap verse seems completely at odds with this change — as it seems shoehorned in because they couldn’t resist — and feels like it’s from a different song entirely. Furthermore, the melodies and hooks in the chorus itself feel undercooked (vocal part too short) or not memorable (stuttering forever interrupting said vocal part). That said, perhaps one of the best things to come out of the vocals discourse is BABYMONSTER trying to separate themselves from the rest by leaning into that image, so maybe going forward we’ll start to get more soaring melodic attempts in their choruses from now on. We shall see, but a hopeful development at least.