HYBE’s love for releasing multiple music videos from each project really messes with my review system! Do I write about every one of them? For a release as high-profile as V’s solo album, it seems silly not to. Yet, I find myself essentially copying and pasting my thoughts from song to song. I’m not sure if that says more about me or about the album in question!
One thing’s for certain: V has definitely created a vibe with this project. This is not the kind of genre-hopping album that holds a little something for everyone. You can play these songs back to back and simply swim in the laidback grooves and hazy atmosphere. I appreciate the focus, even if this style of music isn’t often for me.
So, how does Blue stack up to previous songs? To my ears, it’s the slightest of them all. There’s not much I picked up on when listening to this — no cool instrumental breaks or standout melodies. It may just be the vibiest of these many vibes, and works best as one sequence in a series of like-minded tracks. As its title suggests, the production takes its cues from blues music, driven by muted guitars and a steady — almost mournful — beat. It’s successful in its intentions, but those intentions could stand to be a bit more ambitious. When it comes to the blues, I want to viscerally feel every note of the song. Blue simply washes over me, momentarily engaging but quickly forgotten.