Music Review: 몇 년 후에 A Few Years Later – 블락비 Block B

Since about a week ago, when the release date for the lead single of Block B’s upcoming album was announced, I was full of anticipation. After I saw the teaser – yes, the guitar arrangement got me interested – I was sure I would be blogging about it right after it comes out. So here I am with the post, slightly over 24 hours after 몇 년 후에 (or, A Few Years Later) is released, and having listening to the track several times throughout the day.

몇 년 후에 (A Few Years Later) by 블락비 (Block B)

Album cover of single, 몇 년 후에 (A Few Years Later) by 블락비 (Block B)

Initial impression: 몇 년 후에 is not as catchy as their last few singles Be The Light, Very Good, JACKPOT and HER. Perhaps this song, of neo soul genre, is such a departure from what we have heard from them that it doesn’t register as a song that Block B would do.

The song does grow on you. What impress me much, are the vocals. Not just Taeil, every one of the vocalists handled the emotions of the song really well. Another part of the song that stood out for me, was the part by rapper P.O – where he expresses the lyrics perfectly with his sing-rapping. The more I listen to him, the more I’m drawn to his deep voice.

Interestingly, Zico – who co-wrote the song with group member Park Kyung and close collaborator Poptime – tweeted about the creative process and intent behind the song not long after the song was released (below). What a gift – I love this kind of insight.

Thought you might be curious about the work process and intention of ‘A Few Years Later’

The time after breaking up has the role of dulling any regrets or pain left behind with us

On the flipside, it could also make you feel those things even more sharply

While a breakup was met with calmness yesterday
In the present, it slowly becomes more deafening the more you endure it

Then when you finally realize that your real self has become filled with regrets, you become anxious about your future

Through ‘A few years later’, I wanted to say that the traces left behind by sincere love exist just as they were whether it be in the past, present, or future

For every verse, I poured my heart and soul into using the lyrics to delicately unravelling the subtle lines of emotion that change with the passing of time

From the instrumental and verse to the bridge and climax, I took care to arrange the narrative arc so that it is clear throughout the composition

Source: BontheBlock Tumblr

So here’s the song:

It helps to know what the lyrics mean to appreciate the song better:

A Few Years Later

In a few years later, after today
After all the time has gone by
Would each of us have become our own person
and be living well
After I’m done longing for you
for as much as I can and have been hurt enough
At that time, I need to let go of your hand

What was that thing that made us meet
And that thing became the reason why we separated
While wiping my wet eyes and my memories that have piled dust
I’m searching for something I can blame myself with

Everything will find its place
I act like I’m cool with it and they go along with it
I talk about the uselessness of love
But in other people’s eyes I’m just a pitiful guy
This kind of thing is commonly called
Freedom or liberation
That’s wrong since imprisonment begins after parting
It’s never something that you can just move on from
Because there’s no doubt that this place existed

In a few years later, after today
After all the time has gone by
Would each of us have become our own person
and be living well
After I’m done longing for you
for as much as I can and have been hurt enough
At that time, I need to let go of your hand

The memories are just as they were, without aging
Lazy me, I haven’t sorted out my feelings
Living while looking backwards
Could there be something as terrifying as tomorrow
It would be better if it was hatred or resentment

I thought it was just a sudden rain shower
I thought it was feelings that
would dry after being wet for just a moment
But I, who isn’t even timid
Whenever I try to grab you to take you out
I just keep putting you inside
My heart became messy as I was just laying out excuses
While trying to pull it together, the night had gone by
You, who said that you never wanted to become a burden
Left after leaving a separation like this

In a few years later, after today
After all the time has gone by
Would each of us have become our own person
and be living well
After I’m done longing for you
for as much as I can and have been hurt enough
At that time, I need to let go of your hand

No longer can the relationship between you and I
be called ‘us’
Just a few days
If I was given just a few days

I want to hold you tightly and tell you
It’s because I’m crazy
I might look like I’m fine
But this is me holding it all in
How could the most precious part of me be taken away
Without a drop of blood
I, who was all yours
Am now a beggar
You, who is brazenly living and breathing inside me
What can I do to bury you in my heart

In a few years later, after today
After all the time has gone by
When each of us have become our own person
Then we will know
Even though I long for you as much as I can
We were unforgettable

Source: Color Coded Lyrics

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