K-Pop A-Z Review: f(x) – When I’m Alone

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When I’m Alone (from 4 Walls – 2015)

With a co-writing credit from Carly Rae Jepsen (!), you might expect When I’m Alone to be an upbeat bubblegum pop song. Instead, this glistening, synth-fueled slow burn caps off the 4 Walls album with a reflective atmosphere. With that said, Alone still has plenty of pep in its step. Its chorus ups the tempo considerably, buoying the hook with a wall-of-sound instrumental that continues to grow as we enter the second verse. In contrast, the chorus has an almost dissonant melody, melding the girls’ warm vocal blend to a refrain that descends when you’d expect it to explode. The result catches you off guard and further adds to Alone’s appeal.

 Hooks 8
 Production 9
 Longevity 9
 Bias 8
 RATING 8.5

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