K-Pop A-Z Review: f(x) – Step By Me

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Step By Me (from Chu – 2009)

Released as part of f(x)’s first single album, Step By Me only hints at the daring group they would become. Instead, it exists in the “cuter” range of the girls’ discography, offering a throwback rhythm that melds with trendy splashes of synth to create a breezy mid-tempo jam. The chorus utilizes one of my personal pet peeves when it comes to pop songs. It’s built around counting, which I find to be pretty dull as far as hooks go. But, this song isn’t trying to bowl listeners’ over with its creativity. It’s pleasant, debut-era filler. As such, it’s perfectly fine. But, this is hardly essential listening for casual f(x) fans.

 Hooks 7
 Production 7
 Longevity 7
 Bias 7

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