Official 'Square Up' by BLACKPINK album artwork courtesy of YG Entertainment

After almost a full year hiatus, BLACKPINK has graced the K-Pop world once again! On June 15, 2018, the ever-so-anticipated comeback of BLACKPINK was finally revealed to the world. To start the comeback, they released the music video, for ‘뚜두뚜두 (DDU-DU-DDU-DU)’. Within just TWO DAYS of its release, the video has already reached 51,377,718 VIEWS! A true feat! All BLINKS have been left with their wigs completely snatched after this comeback.

THE BEAT GOES HARD

BLACKPINK did not come to play with this mini-album. Right from the beginning, ‘Ddu-Du-Ddu-Du’ has a banging beat. The vocals, of course, were spotless. Rosé, Jisoo, Jennie, and Lisa all did such a good job with their separate parts. It really blended together well. With this whole album, you can really see how much each girl has improved. And each song has pretty even line distribution as well, which is plus.

SPECIFICS

‘Forever Young’, the second song in the mini-album, is an easy-listen song, that goes by really quick, even with the length. It really reminds me of ‘As If It’s Your Last’, but the more grown-up version of it. To move forward, ‘Really’ is a different song for BLACKPINK. It has a slower beat, with an easier flow. While the lines go hard, it speaks of love and being impatient with a boy and his ignorant behavior.

The fourth and final song in the quartet is called ‘See U Later’. A girl’s anthem, truly. This one is for any girl that ever felt like they were being played by an idiot boy. It’s about getting over that heartbreak and being even more of a badass after the fact.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

My overall thoughts on this album are nothing but praise for the girls. They have all improved drastically since ‘As If It’s Your Last’ last year. Not that they weren’t brilliant before, of course. However, with this comeback, they have shown that they have worked doubly as hard as their previous songs. With each song on this album, it left me wanting more of BLACKPINK and their talent. I will definitely be jamming out to this mini-album in my car this summer!

If you have not checked out BLACKPINK yet, what rock are you living under? See how talented they are for yourself! A truly powerful group of girls with so much passion for what they do.

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