[#16] SISTAR19 - "A Girl In Love"

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From: "Gone Not Around Any Longer"
Released: February
Territory: South Korea
Previous Best of Entries: First Appearance
Other notable song(s) from 2013: "Gone Not Around Any Longer"

Material-wise, this was a good year for SISTAR, and all divisions of -- SISTAR19 very much included. While "Gone Not Around Any Longer," was Brave Brothers through and through, it's hard to deny that it was a well-produced song albeit generic. However the song that caught my ear from the very beginning has always been "A Girl In Love." This was one of the few songs I wrote a review for this year, and I still agree with what I said back in February:

What ultimately convinced me though is the fact that while this song was clearly taken seriously, it only served to make the over-all sound and atmosphere even more fun and light-hearted. Because everyone knew what to do, very minimal concentration was required for the basic "what note do I play", so everyone turned to the next question, "how do I hit this note". This isn’t a pretentious song, it’s exactly what you hear it as, and it doesn’t give off that air of trying too hard -- whatever depth or beauty you get from the song is a natural byproduct. This, my friends, is called chemistry. Chemistry between the elements, the instruments, the arrangement and melody, and with the delivery.

"A Girl In Love" is such a girly, fun, chick-flick soundtrack material track, but it's well-done everything. The production on this is top-tier -- everything sounds sharp and clean, but with body. The arrangement is relaxed but not lazy and while the dynamics aren't at super extremes, the song has enough contrast to not sound one-dimensional. Because it's not. The tambourines are a fun, quaint yet really pretty element, and a lot of the other instruments do sound pretty -- the playful piano/synth line, the shy but audible percussion loop.

Ultimately, "A Girl In Love" is just as effortless as it is fun, and like I said earlier this year, it's because the people behind it knew exactly what they were doing, and knew exactly how to translate that into the final track.

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