A pair of songs by marquee artists were just released, with aespa dropping their English pre-release track “Life’s Too Short” ahead of their comeback and the BTS‘s Jungkook and Charlie Puth collab “Left And Right” coming out at the same time.
aespa’s track showcases a laidback side of the group and they mainly do well here, crafting something listenable and easy to groove to, albeit in an inoffensive background music sort of way.
The content of “Life’s Too Short” is also somewhat amusing in that their company absolutely wants stans to continue acting as psychotically parasocial as possible as they sing about wanting people to get a life and stay out of their business. I get that it’s a track dedicated to the catch-all ‘haterz’, but really I think it could apply to a lot more listeners than that.
On the other side is “Left And Right”, a collab between Jungkook and Charlie Puth, sort of marking the start of BTS’s solo projects. The reason for putting it in this post — other than to kill two birds with one stone and potentially make as toxic of a comment section as possible — is primarily that they’re sort of similar in terms of my initial reaction. “Left And Right” is a safe and pleasant song that doesn’t standout a ton, but also doesn’t seem intended to and I could see how it’s solid enough for fans to enjoy.
They both sorta just exist.