TITLE: IT’z ME
LABEL: JYP Entertainment
RELEASED: March 9, 2020
Look at us! When Sugar Baby asked if I was going to do a review for Itzy’s new release, I had no intentions to do so. But I thought this was the perfect opportunity for us to do a joint review. Our opinions on things tend to be so polar opposite so finally everyone can see it in action.
(Lazy Unnie will be colored pink and Sugar Baby Unnie will be purple.)
WANNABE – TITLE TRACK
From when I heard this in the teaser I was here for it. But once I started it I realized that the part I was here for was really only Ryujin’s rap in the second verse. I do appreciate ‘Don’t give a fuck’ attitude that the song is giving off but I grow bored of it quicker than I anticipated. The MV and Choreography really elevated the song for me. During the last comeback I was all here for Yuna, but this one Ryujin slayin’ me to filth.
The first 15 seconds fooled me because I thought we were getting something different, but I forgot that this was Itzy we’re talking about. Wannabe is basically Dalla Dalla 2.0 with about ½ the personality. I feel like I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it was a lot less toots and hoots? I don’t know.. It definitely isn’t particularly memorable as Dalla Dalla was. I think oddly enough, my favorite part is probably Ryujin’s rap at the second part. I say oddly because we all know how dull I find Ryujin to be. I definitely dislike when they all sing together and this is by far their weakest choreography.
TING TING TING (with Oliver Heldens)
If reggaeton and house music had a baby, this would be the offspring. This is definitely a ear worm of a song that really doesn’t give you anything other than a deep bass and catchy hook. Perfect recipe for a club song. Basically, I’m here for it.
This is probably my favorite song on the album. Is it because they don’t sound like shouty noise? Perhaps. I am digging the future house elements that remind me of the sounds of early 2013/2014 which is refreshing coming from this group and also kpop’s trajectory for this year in general. I also like the trap beats that are infused during the first hook. Yeah, I’m not mad about it this one at all.
THAT’S A NO NO
This is shocking for me because a case where I actually like the verses more than the chorus. But the hook’s beat is really jumping. It reminds me more of an old J.Lo song, like J.Lo before she got with Diddy. The bridge is a change in tempo but doesn’t seem too disjointed from the rest.
That’s a No No is the song on the album that makes me remember that Itzy is truly Stray Kidz’s sister group. I know I am not the only one who gets a bit of Miroh in the chorus? Mind you, I do like Miroh so take that how you wanna. At its core it is easily forgettable once we move on to the next songs in the album.
NOBODY LIKE YOU
YES! Give me a full on rock instrumental of this ASAP! This song is the only one that doesn’t blend into the next and sets itself apart by not being what you expect from these gals. It kind of have a Avril Lavigne song in the best way.
Nobody Like You is very straightforward song with a really good guitar riff. It’s a really nice pop rock song and along with Ting Ting Ting is the song I would likely willingly revisit. It is very fun and the only song that goes against the grain of what to expect from Itzy. The only weak part was the rap bridge. I think that was a poor call tbqh. Sorry Yubin!
YOU MAKE ME
You make me… yawn, a bit. I almost forgot that this song was on the album. However, when it actually gets to the hook I find myself vibing to it. I found myself waiting for something to happen in the song that never really did. What that something was… not even sure.
You Make Me is just ping pong noise to me. I feel nothing about this song. We’ve heard this a million times over. Predictable and overused. Zzzzzz
I DON’T WANNA DANCE
Another clubesque one that feels like it deserved a place on this years superbowl halftime show. Yes, it feels very pop Latin inspired but not like KARD. I find myself dancing to the verses and singing along with the hook. I’m feeling it.
I Don’t Wanna Dance was almost interesting but then they went and put in all those Native American sounds. It’s 2020, we’re still doing this shit? Really? Worst song on the album.
This is a more hip-hop inspired track… until the pre-chorus and then back. A little disjointed but I’m here for it. But every time the child song styled pre-chorus comes on I can’t but laugh at how it switches. But Imma slut drop to this one on repeat.
24Hrs is the definition of ITZY. A noisy song, with chants and hoots and hollers. Perfect way to end the album with no flavor. Zzzz. Can’t believe I’m saying this but I would’ve rather a ballad.
If I was going to be on RuPaul’s Drag Race, this would be the soundtrack to my time. I would walk the runway and duck walk to almost all these tracks. It’s a fun play and really playing up to this club vibe ITZY has going. I wasn’t overwhelmed or underwhelmed by it. Only pockets of surprise in the form of 2 songs.
Overall this album just solidified that ITZY is a group that benefited a lot from company image (sorry Stray Kidz) and release time. I would say that 3 out of the 7 songs here are something I would revisit from time to time. Which brings it to about 5 out of 12 songs (not counting the remixes) that I find okay to listen to. That’s 42% so basically when it comes to their music there is a 50-50 chance that it’ll be okay or hot garbage. I do think what makes them stand out is that they tend to be more convincing when delivering the performances.. Err well 3/5 of them at least. LOL.
PRODUCTION : 3 / 5
VOCALS / RAPPING : 3.5 / 5
VISUALS / CONCEPT : 4 / 5
OVERALL : 3.5 / 5
Least Favorite Track(s): You Make Me
Favorite Track(s): Nobody Like You, 24HRS
Concept: 3/5 Vocals: 2.5/5 Raps: 2.5/5 Cohesiveness: 3/5 Overall Rating: 2.5/5