[#45] Tasty - "2Nite (feat. Hanhae of Phantom)"

From: "Spectacular"
Released: August
Territory: South Korea
Previous Best of Entries: First Appearance
Other notable song(s) from 2013: "MaMaMa", "Addiction"

Tasty is one of my biggest frustrations in K-Pop right now (similar to my frustrations over After School, actually) because their material isn't half-bad and the production quality on their songs and videos are standard Woolim, but it's their talent, their vocals in particular, that aren't quite there. I want to like them, and they do have some great recordings (otherwise they wouldn't be on this list), but their hang-ups are too major to let slide. Which is why when they debuted, I was on team JJ Project, not team Tasty.

That's not to say they didn't have any good material out this year though, because they did. "Spectacular" was a big improvement from "Spectrum," and the three songs were equally proficient. But "2Nite" is, in a sense, that middle ground between their debut single and "MaMaMa." And I think it suits them.

"2Nite" has top-tier production -- it's a very tight, very full-sounding song. It's packed with synth loops and club beats, but what I like about it is that it still manages to have some semblance of dynamics to it. The nature of the song doesn't really call for quiet, but there's a balance between the loud and the louder parts so it doesn't sound like they just piled a million synth lines on each other.

The juxtaposition of the rap and melodic parts also work very well. For someone who isn't a rap person, like Teen Top's "Why," I understand why it's needed on this song. It contributes to the over-all dynamic, and it's what gives the song the needed contrast. The melodic parts are also not vocally-demanding, and the melody itself fits Tasty's vocals well -- it could have turned out whiny, but the timbre of the vocals prevent it.

This could have been one of those dance/club songs that give you a headache before the first chorus even hits, but surprisingly, it's not. I can put this on loop for the whole day, in fact I have done that. It's partially because this is pretty mellow as far as synth-fest songs go -- it's slower, so you can actually savor and process everything going on.

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