BLACKPINK‘s Jennie has released her solo music video, aptly titled Solo. I’ve been eagerly waiting for the visuals since I found out it was filmed in London and I’m a big fan of Jennie, anyway. But the song and MV are even better than I had hoped.
Don’t let the opening section fool you – this is no sweet, melancholic love song. In fact it’s the opposite. It’s a break up song, the type you’d listen to if you need to get over someone quick and realise you’re great on your own.
Until I looked at the lyrics, I thought Jennie was singing “Bitch, now I’m solo” in the chorus opener. I was kind of disappointed that she isn’t, but the Korean translates to “I’m a shining solo” which makes sense.”Bitch, now I’m solo” sounds better and fits with the feel of the track, so I’m probably going to sing that anyway.
The chorus itself is very catchy and easy to remember. Like Kiss And Make Up, it’ll be in my head for days and not just when I’m listening to it on repeat. The pre-chorus really builds and adds a different element to the track. It changes from a Taylor Swift Fearless-era song to something far more badass and I can’t wait to see a live performance of it.
The entire second verse is rapped in English which is great for me and other English speaking fans of Jennie and BLACKPINK. She’s rapping about how she’s realised she’s better off alone, taking her place as the queen. I’m hoping she just means this in terms of a relationship and not a move away from BLACKPINK. As much as I’m looking forward to Rosé’s, Lisa’s and Jisoo’s solo projects, I’m also desperate for another comeback from BLACKPINK as a whole. I’m hoping their upcoming world tour stretches to the UK like BTS did earlier this year, but I’m prepared to be disappointed.
As for the MV, each and every one of Jennie’s looks kill it as usual. It’s strange not to see her with her BLACKPINK girls, but she’s got enough presence on her own to make up for it. The MV has a story to it too, unlike BLACKPINK’s other songs.
I knew she was filming in east London, but I was gobsmacked when I recognised Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club in there. I’ve spent two out of three Halloweens there since moving to London so it has a special place in my heart – sticky carpets and all.
The angel wing scene stands out to me. It gives Jennie an innocent feel, despite her singing about being strong on her own. It’s like the track itself, starting low-key and building into something I could easily dance to in the club. The struggles of being a K-Pop fan mean I never hear the music I like in clubs, though. But if I were to, I’d expect this – or a remixed version, perhaps – to be played.
The snippets of a dance routine look good and I want to see the rest, which is another reason to be excited for the live stages. She debuted the track at BLACKPINK’s first solo concert over the weekend but I’ve not seen any footage leak of SOLO, which I’m happy about. I did see Jisoo’s performance of Clarity though, so I’m now eagerly awaiting her solo release.
Overall, the song is a builder and a banger and better than what I was expecting. From the teaser clips I was expecting something slow, more Stay than Boombayah. And while it’s neither, it’s going to be a song I listen to over and over.