BETWEEN 1&2

TWICE

BETWEEN 1&2

Just one month after the release of their fourth Japanese studio album, Celebrate, the prolific K-pop girl group is back with their first Korean release in 2022 and their 11th EP. The output is directly indicative of that veterancy: “Talk That Talk” is a pop-song sugar rush with cheer-like raps; the English-language “Queen of Hearts” stacks power chords beneath ascendant Taylor Swift-like harmonies on the pre-chorus. “Brave” is delightful retro dance pop, at least partially penned by longtime BTS songwriter Melanie Fontana; TWICE members Jihyo, Dahyun, and Chaeyoung are credited as the lyricists on a few of the tracks. Across all seven songs, there’s no shortage of surprises—this is a band that is most comfortable performing across maximalist styles, streamlining them in the process. (And that’s a good thing! Prior to its release, BETWEEN 1&2 became the most preordered TWICE release to date.) With a single listen, no one could be disappointed.

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