LABEL: SM Entertainment
RELEASED: March 30, 2021
It has been a trend now for us to joint review Baekhyun’s stuff. We couldn’t let him go to war without reviewing his third mini! Hehehe. You guys are welcome. xx
(Lazy Unnie will be colored pink and Sugar Baby Unnie will be purple.)
Bambi – TITLE TRACK
I purposefully ignored all the teasers and things that came out for this because I already knew that anything Baekhyun puts out is going to be amazing. I wasn’t disappointed because even though this song isn’t the same vibe that he put out previously, it’s still in that same realm. This is just a different side of the current R&B King. It’s haunting and sensual. This song felt like it was laying me down and giving me an erotic experience. That’s a lot for a song.
This is a very melodic and sensous R&B style that we have come to enjoy with Baekhyun’s music. Unlike previous title tracks this one doesn’t immediately get stuck in your head, but it holds a very high replay value. As for the music video I enjoy the way it holds the subdued tone of the song. I feel like in certain frames, Baekhyun channels his inner Rain. Very nice.
I am in love with the guitar solo intro of this song. This truly feels like it sets up a whole romantic movie in my head between the lyrics and actual song. Like I can imagine walking down a street and bumping into this man and bam, love. That’s what this song does. It’s a vibe.
A nice song to vibe with. Not too much to it beyond a simple beat and a nice electric guitar string, but it is still quite calming. It accurately portrays the lyrics in slowly falling for someone as the song slowly creeps into your mind.
All I Got
THIS IS HIS BEST SONG HANDS DOWN! I know I say that a lot when it comes to Baekhyun, but he is channeling some Maxwell and giving us one of the best R&B songs in recent years. Between his falsettos, the heavy bass… sexy. This song makes me want to get on my knees and accept any confession that he is giving. I will take all you got.
Baekhyun is really into telling you how much he wants to fuck. He swears he’s a 90s R&B King and you are not sir. His harmonies and falsetto over this bass is very delicious to listen to. This can be added to the “begging for head” category. He’s on his Tevin Campbell ‘can we talk’ grind ahhaha.
When this came out, I can admit I was a little bored. It reminded me of something Dean would have put out. Not to say that is bad but it just felt like it had been done. It was more a song where Baekhyun is showing, yeah, I got skills. Just let me serenade you.
This is still absolutely one of my favorite songs on this mini. It is UN Village’s cousin and in this house we have to stan. His emotional vocals really elevates this mid tempo track.
This is definitely a song about secret dating. And I’m here for the narrative. It’s jazzy and on brand with the whole vibe this album is giving. It is the quickest paced song out of the bunch but still makes you feel like he is singing only to you.
A good jazzy vibe that follows up Amusement Park quite well. Unfortunately, there’s nothing that particularly stands out with this song. It’s enjoyable in the moment but forgettable in the long run.
Cry For Love
This is my second favorite track off the album. It’s a more contemporary R&B track and a bit of Baekhyun showing off his range because those high notes are down right sinful. But what I love about this the most is that the whole album was about getting someone, being with them, and now this song is the end of that relationship. My heart cries.
If there’s one thing LDN Noise is gonna do, it’s give you a banger. We really had to stan this one. Kenzie is a lyricist and LDN Noise are great when it comes to arranging upbeat R&B tracks. It reminds me of a classic EXO sound and you can’t go bad there. His voice sounds so heavenly.
Leave it up to Baekhyun to drop something this good and this well thought out before having to leave us dry for 18 months. It feels like I know what to expect when a Baekhyun album comes out because he has established himself as such a great soloist thus far. Even though we know we are going to get some great R&B tracks, he hasn’t become stale. Each track off of this was just an example of how versatile as an artist he is and how much of a lover of music he is. It felt like pure joy being able to listen to this.
This is not my favorite project by him. That being said it is still better than what your dusty ass favorites could ever do. I felt like while vocally this has been his best, there really isn’t a stand out to me like there was on his other minis. I do think that when he comes back from the military he will bless us with something that is fresh and addictive. Tap into his Giveon bag. Hhehehe. Until then my R&B King! mwah!
PRODUCTION : 4.5 / 5
VOCALS / RAPPING : 5 / 5
VISUALS / CONCEPT : 5 / 5
OVERALL : 5 / 5
Favorite Track(s): All I Got | Cry For Love
Concept: 4/5 Vocals: 5/5 Raps: N/A Cohesiveness: 4/5 Overall Rating: 3.75/5