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6. G-Dragon- Crooked (2013)
The synth arpeggios sound iconic and personal, which is the ultimate setup for what's coming after.
Whenever a song reveals the chorus early, it must've had full confidence in its production. For Crooked's case, it has valid reasons as to why it's confident - the instrumental and, most importantly, G-Dragon.
Singing with raw emotions, G-Dragon carries the song with his hall-of-fame voice and attitude. The instrumental has a pop-punk vibe, which is the perfect sound for G-Dragon's stature. He attacks this chorus with force, delivering melodies that personally slap you in the face (in a good way).
The structure of the delivery stood out to me, so I like to point out some of my favorites. When G-Dragon sings "eobseo," there's a group-like chant that follows after it. I don't know about you, but I pump my fist in the air when that happens!
Also, when he sings "oneulbameun ppiddakhage," you can hear five slaps of a hi-hat underneath G-Dragon's presentation of that line.
Coming out with compelling melodies over a driving beat, Crooked already shows its peak before the one-minute mark. A lot of songs can't even succeed in that department.
The song halts the explosiveness of the instrumental, but G-Dragon keeps giving his raw, gritty performance for this first verse. Over a simple beat, G-Dragon sing-rap this segment with charisma. His croaking voice gives enough character, with the guitar and kick prominent in the instrumental.
To me, I think G-Dragon is the most ideal K-Pop idol. You have someone that can sing and rap in his style. He's not a dancer, but he's still an engaging performer because he knows how to perform. Beneath all that, he stays true to himself while executing a song he knows he can handle. Not many idols can do what he can do as a soloist.
This is my second favorite section. The instrumental changes a bit to allow another guitar to distribute a terrific sound. . However, it's the vocal modulation that steals the spotlight.
It probably takes skill to alter a singer's voice to sound more robotic. This is one of the best changes I've heard in a singer's voice. Why? Because it still sounds like G-Dragon and contains that raw personality.
Finally, I love to point out how awesome that pause is between "gyeolgugen" and the second chorus.
It's the same production choice. GD letting out his unfiltered performance over a nice and steady beat. A couple of things stood out to me through this verse. I noticed that this features more rap than the first verse. There were moments when his flow went fast to the point it felt like he was abandoning the singing. Yet, for some reason, he still keeps that sing-rap presentation alive.
There's also a moment when he spits as the instrumental pauses.
I want to stretch this out more to talk about the emotion he's portraying here. While the chorus's vibe is "trying to live the best life", the verses feel like a realistic approach to our existence. The world can be brutal, so GD takes his frustrations out during the verses. There's also sadness to what he's singing. When you listen carefully to the production and read the lyrics, Crooked becomes more than a party song.
This is a short review, but I thought it was cool how the kick went away to allow a more tender feeling than the first one.
This is when the song starts revealing its true self. Keeping the same sound from the final chorus, G-Dragon's expression changes drastically. It has the sound of depression. He's trying to live happy within this headbanging beat, but his tone says otherwise.
As he's about to finish this song, GD decides to let out this final line relating to the title - "oneulbameun ppiddakhage." To translate, "Tonight, I'll be crooked," and I think that's what everybody goes through once in their lives, making Crooked a universal song.