5 Songs, 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When the Coachella 2019 poster was unveiled, no artist got more second-line double takes than BLACKPINK, the first K-pop group to appear at the desert art and music festival. Their inclusion stacks another breakthrough onto the impressive stockpile of global streaming achievements they've accumulated since they debuted in 2016. Brought together by YG Entertainment (the Korean talent studio that launched the careers of K-pop superstars 2NE1 and iKON and escorted PSY through the “Gangnam Style” craze), BLACKPINK vocalists Jisoo and Rosé and rappers/singers Lisa and Jennie have diverse origins, with Kiwi, Aussie, Thai, and Korean roots. Their music is equally global, sprinkling Southern trap, Moombahton, and hip-hop over electronic pop, and sung in both Korean and English (and in Japanese, just for that market).

Kill This Love is a five-track EP showcasing the quartet’s strengths. “Kick It” and “Don’t Know What to Do” combine upbeat electro with Jisoo and Rosé’s emotive vocals, while “Hope Not” is a spare guitar-and-vocals ballad. The title track is a precision rap-pop hybrid, and the booming remix of their infectious 2018 single “DDU-DU DDU-DU” will loosen fillings. For those who got into K-pop through BTS, BLACKPINK is an obsession waiting to happen.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When the Coachella 2019 poster was unveiled, no artist got more second-line double takes than BLACKPINK, the first K-pop group to appear at the desert art and music festival. Their inclusion stacks another breakthrough onto the impressive stockpile of global streaming achievements they've accumulated since they debuted in 2016. Brought together by YG Entertainment (the Korean talent studio that launched the careers of K-pop superstars 2NE1 and iKON and escorted PSY through the “Gangnam Style” craze), BLACKPINK vocalists Jisoo and Rosé and rappers/singers Lisa and Jennie have diverse origins, with Kiwi, Aussie, Thai, and Korean roots. Their music is equally global, sprinkling Southern trap, Moombahton, and hip-hop over electronic pop, and sung in both Korean and English (and in Japanese, just for that market).

Kill This Love is a five-track EP showcasing the quartet’s strengths. “Kick It” and “Don’t Know What to Do” combine upbeat electro with Jisoo and Rosé’s emotive vocals, while “Hope Not” is a spare guitar-and-vocals ballad. The title track is a precision rap-pop hybrid, and the booming remix of their infectious 2018 single “DDU-DU DDU-DU” will loosen fillings. For those who got into K-pop through BTS, BLACKPINK is an obsession waiting to happen.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
601 Ratings

601 Ratings

Nette1108! ,

Not My Taste

The album as a whole is not good. Kill This Love only has certain parts that are good. This was hyped up too much and I’ve heard better K-Pop songs from Mamamoo and G-Idle.

sophiesmovingcastle ,

Disappointed

I wanted to like this album, and was really looking forward to it, but everything really just fell flat for me. I hate the ddu du ddu du remix- why even put that on a COMEBACK album? The other songs are mediocre- someone I was talking to put it perfectly- they feel like a Korean T Swift. If you like her, then I feel like you’ll like this album. The title track is good, but also feels like a hodgepodge of different songs in the same key put together. I wish that YG tried harder and gave us some songs that were of equal caliber to the songs from Blackpink’s earlier eras. I loved those albums and could never get sick of them. Like I said, I feel like this was a misstep for Blackpink and YG. Hopefully they release something else that puts them back on track.

guadalupe4l ,

i’m sad :(((

i was really looking forward to this album but it’s mediocre at best

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