NCT 127
2 Baddies - The 4th Album


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (369 Reviews)
September 19th, 2022 | 11 replies


Release Date: 09/16/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: R&B…1-2-3.

Hot off reviewing BLACKPINK’s latest - much disgruntled - I didn’t expect to immediately find a compelling new K-pop release. NCT 127’s fourth album (clearly) is just that, a slammer. Almost every song in this pop/hip-hop album is worthy of single selection. This is an album that is put together in complete harmony for engrossing entertainment and it is felt in almost every track. Aside from a couple less graceful lyrics such as, “two baddies, two baddies, one Porsche”, and some less memorable tracks the album trucks along with negligible hiccups.

The biggest note here is the production values. I expect great production from K-pop and this album doesn’t disappoint, it generally reminds me of Britney Spears’ earlier years and ‘N Sync. I mention this because the instrumental backing is both simplistic and complex - what the hell do I mean by that? Synth lines are often simple but there’s a lot happening, it’s often a busy soundscape yet never too full complete with revved engines and a sparkling, cheery design. It’s a retro/futuristic clash of styles that works beautifully together in the way that ‘N Sync’s No Strings Attached brought a plethora of ideas to the table. I’m overselling it considering NCT 127’s style isn’t that uncommon in the genre, but it’s nonetheless potent.

There’s not much else to say aside from I enjoyed this album. It’s pretty much what you expect from a K-pop album, with a self-awareness that propels this to the upper levels. Saying a line like, “Multivitamin me, try it and see” is completely corny but it works in this album rife with soul, and beautifully harmonious singing. Their bad boy swagger is justified here even if it’s made in a factory. I didn’t get tired of the rapping and even the solo singing moments didn’t feel obnoxious. The music is catchy from beginning to end with songs that won’t leave you and the gorgeous vocal performances never bore. If you’re a fan of K-pop you won’t want to miss this album.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pizzamachine
September 19th 2022


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can be nice. Check this one out on Spotify.

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mkmusic1995
September 19th 2022


265 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't really care for kpop but I will check this just for you

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pizzamachine
September 19th 2022


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha don’t be deterred, it’s fun af.

mkmusic1995
September 19th 2022


265 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It'll be my bumpin' soundtrack for the ride home from work haha

pizzamachine
September 19th 2022


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Get ready for the bass!

mkmusic1995
September 20th 2022


265 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I had more fun with this than I anticipated. That first track is a bop!

pizzamachine
September 20th 2022


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice. :] First song goes hard.

mkmusic1995
September 20th 2022


265 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Definitely got the NSYNC vibes on some of the tracks and the production is insanely crisp.

pizzamachine
September 20th 2022


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Squeaky clean glass production defs.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2022


5786 Comments


I only listened to one song of theirs, Superhuman I think, which was cool. Will check this as well.

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pizzamachine
September 21st 2022


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Enjoy the swagnificence.



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