ONE – 'PRVT 01'
1. Hard to Love
3. You Love It
6. What a Night
8. Night Time Ride
11. Don't Know Anything
16. Last Cigarette
ONE has released his long-awaited album 'PRVT 01.' And since you waited a long time, he's got a lot of music for you – 16 tracks, clocking in at nearly 50 minutes. You might remember he announced his departure from YG Entertainment in July (probably because 2 songs in 2 years is sad). He's now with his own indy label PRIVATE ONLY. This LP is likely what he came up over a two-year span (that's conjecture only, unconfirmed but logical).
Rather than give you a blow-by-blow over 16 tracks (which would be a huge TLDR), I thought I'd give you the highlights and my general thoughts.
He drags his rough voice over the opener, "Hard to Love." This song is a soft R&B. He didn't do too bad in the beginning, but his natural timbre comes out in the main verses. "GZB" is probably one of my favorites. It's got a fuzzy guitar riff, and it is one of the more lively tunes on the LP. "Stone" is another standout track, featuring clashing cymbals and an FT Island brand of rock n roll that really does kick things up a notch. If the first track was laid-back, the second one, "Nineteen," had more of a melody to it.
"Victoria" has more of a hip-hop vibe to it. That's really what I was hoping for with this release. "I Don't Know Anything" is more alt-rock than anything else, and reminds me of nothing so much as grunge. "Last Cigarette" gave me those vibes, as well, with loud guitars and a somewhat subdued delivery. It's an interesting capper to an eclectic selection.
There doesn't appear to be an MV, either.
For not being a proper rock album, this has a lot of guitar influences in it. Which is far from a bad thing. It gives the album sort of a rough edge and a lot more authenticity than can be found in a synth backing track. His voice is not dissimilar to Junhyung's (BEAST, Highlight). The album is drenched in autotune, though, which I'm not a fan of. A little bit goes a long way there, so I'm not sure what that was about. Still, if you're a fan, this should more than satisfy you until his next release.
ALBUM SCORE: 8.0