Review: BLACKPINK in your area, and they're here to stay

Four years since their incredible debut with the earworm singles, 'œWhistle' and 'œBoombayah," the foursome recorded an album during the pandemic, and the result is epic.

The eight-track record might not be as long as fans might want, but it's got everything they'd wish for: trappy pop, sassy raps, offbeat instrumental interludes and some spectacular collaborations with Selena Gomez and Cardi B.

Overall a musically cohesive work, the album kicks off with the high octane first single 'œHow You Like That."

Second single 'œIce Cream,' a collaboration with Gomez, is a bubblegum pop track with elements of trap, while the Cardi B-assisted 'œBet You Wanna' has a simple beat enhanced by BLACKPINK's voices and Cardi's rap flow.

The rest of the songs paint of a modern picture: choppy sequences, syncopated melodies on percussion and string and wind instruments.

'œPretty Savage' introduces a prowling piano with some growls suggestive of a jungle, while 'œCrazy Over You' finds its rhythm in a Balkan whistle coupled with surf rock guitar sounds.

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