K-Pop Music Reviews: Big Bang – Lies

Title: 거짓말 (Lies)

Release Year: 2007

As a self-titled Big Bang fanboy, forgive me if this review isn’t entirely balanced.

Big Bang consists of 5 members: Seungri, Daesung, G-Dragon, T.O.P, and Taeyang. They each have their own distinct personalities and their own style; recently, all of them have started their solo activities, while continuing to maintain their solidarity as  Big Bang. They recently released their newest mini-album, entitled “Tonight”. It was their first Korean album in nearly two years, and quickly scored an “all-kill” on the major music charts and broke more records than I ever thought possible.

In short, Big Bang is one of the premier K-pop bands promoting today.

They had to start somewhere, right? “Lies” was the lead single for the first mini-album, entitled “Always”.

I have to admit, I love the piano in this song. It’s so simple, yet so refined and delicate. It works as the backbone of the song; even during the main chorus, you can discern the piano in the background, playing the same melody that it’s been playing ever since the beginning seconds of the song.

Speaking in general, I don’t like rap. No matter how much people may say that it’s a legitimate form of music, the more I listen to it the more I can’t help but think that it’s just an over-exaggerated, over-glorified form of…talking.

The same feeling lingers here. As good and heart-wrenching as the lyrics are, at the end of the day, I just can’t get over how much more beautiful the song would sound if it didn’t…well, if it didn’t sound like just a rapid-fire string of words.

Thankfully, the rap is few and far between; the majority of the song features a good, strong melody with an addictive chorus. There’s a small strain of melancholy that weaves its way through the melody; most of the chords end on a downbeat instead of an upbeat, and combined with the distinctive keyboard accompaniment, the result is a song that’s hard to forget.

4.5 stars out of 5.

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