K-Pop A-Z Review: f(x) – 4 Walls

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4 Walls (from 4 Walls – 2015)

I often wonder how I would have responded to 4 Walls had it been released before SHINee’s View. This song was originally meant for the guys, but it fits f(x) like a glove. Yet, I’m of the mind that View is a far more dynamic track, so even though 4 Walls is very strong (and a firm fan favorite), it can’t help but succumb to the comparison.

Still, the slinky deep house style is exactly what f(x) needed at the time. Showing off their new configuration as a quartet, the track has a sophisticated sound that becomes quite hypnotic as the track goes on. I wish the verses harnessed a more idiosyncratic groove, but that percolating chorus makes up for any misgivings I might have. The second verse gives Amber a great spotlight, while the pre-choruses thrive with a sense of restrained power. How fitting that this – the last real f(x) title track – is also the last entry in this K-pop A-Z feature. Even though there were drips and drabs of music still to come, this feels like the group’s rightful swan song, going out on a high.

 Hooks 9
 Production 8
 Longevity 9
 Bias 8

~ Rest in peace, Sulli. We will forever be grateful for the incredible music and spirit you left behind ~