Blackpink’s new ‘Born Pink’ album: 5 on the spot takeaways

Okay-pop’s decadelong ascent within the U.S. will crest with one positive wager this 12 months: “Born Pink,” the model new album from megastars Blackpink.

Lisa, Rosé, Jennie and Jisoo made historical past with their 2019 Coachella set, hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 2020’s debut “The Album” and racked up followers from pop’s A-list (most just lately Taylor Swift, who was filmed dancing to single “Pink Venom” on the VMAs this 12 months).

However whereas the group has a U.S. area tour lined up this fall (together with two dates on the Banc of California Stadium on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20), some Blackpink followers fret that the eight-song “Born Pink” may very well be the top of an period for the group chargeable for among the style’s all-time best tracks, “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” and “How You Like That” amongst them.

Listed below are 5 takeaways from the brand new LP.

1. Is that this an finish — or the finish — for Blackpink?
Within the 2020 Netflix documentary “Blackpink: Light up the Sky,” Lisa mentioned, “It doesn’t matter if we grow old and get replaced by a new younger generation…because they will still remember how we shone so bright.” That they had simply walked offstage from their 2019 Coachella efficiency as the primary feminine Korean group to play there — a spotlight of anybody’s profession. Nonetheless she meant it — capturing a peak achievement, or acknowledging that her style churns rapidly — Blackpink appeared to have an finish in sight.

One explicit ending could are available 2023, when their contract with Korean label YG (which followers typically accuse of mismanaging the group) is ready to run out. Will they renew it, go solo, disband perpetually, take a hiatus or reconfigure at a brand new label? “Born Pink” can be a brief, considerably slight valediction, so let’s hope that is only a turning level.

2. Platinum with no options.
Since 2018, Blackpink have been the go-to collaborators for pop stars who wished to brighten up a single and get in on the ultra-devoted Okay-pop viewers. It made sense that Selena Gomez (“Ice Cream”), Girl Gaga (“Sour Candy”), Dua Lipa (“Kiss and Make Up”) and Cardi B (“Bet You Wanna”) would flip to this foursome that, greater than many friends, felt attuned to the aesthetics of High 40 pop and hip-hop. In the event that they’d wished to name within the cavalry for a star-packed LP, they actually had the Rolodex to take action. However “Born Pink” is undiluted Blackpink — the album sports activities zero high-profile options. If it goes platinum, it could be time to replace the J. Cole meme.

3. An 1800s rock star impressed them.
“Shut Down,” the album’s second single, makes unusually jaunty use of waltz time. Whereas the manufacturing is all sub-bass grime and nimble, ferocious rapping, that regal little string riff comes from a pattern of composer Niccolò Paganini’s “La Campanella.” Within the early 1800s, Paganini shacked up with a wealthy Tuscan mistress whereas he realized guitar, and Blackpink have some enjoyable with that precedent right here: “A rock star, a pop star but rowdier…Praying for my downfall, many have tried, baby / Catch me when you hear my Lamborghini.”

Blackpink acting at Coachella in 2019.

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4. Love him or detest him, Teddy Park is throughout this file.
Blackpink’s longtime producer Teddy Park is a divisive determine for some devoted Blinks. His imaginative and prescient for Okay-pop’s future — smashing Pharrell-style drum loops, a travelogue of string samples and cascades of synth-pop collectively — can sound both exhilarating or apparent. He has a hand in 4 of “Born Pink’s” eight tracks, together with lead single “Pink Venom,” which used each considered one of his previous methods. He’s additionally behind the charmingly yacht-rockin’ “Hard to Love” and the EDM powerhouse album nearer “Ready for Love.” Is the Electrical Daisy Carnival wave of 2011 far sufficient prior to now to be nostalgia but? Given the quick metabolism of Okay-pop, it could be.

5. New Wave, nonetheless cresting
‘80s new wave has begun to replace disco as the dominant retro-sound of pop. Tracks from Dua Lipa, the Kid Laroi and most famously the Weeknd hit chart heights with sparkly arpeggios, one-handed keyboard licks and four-four thumps. Blackpink try their hand at that well-tested formula on “Yeah Yeah Yeah,” a song that feels tailor-made for confetti cannons and a sea of light sticks, with the welcome spin of being the most heavily Korean-language song on the record. It isn’t a single but, nevertheless it looks like a sleeper fan favourite after they come to city in November.