South Korean vocal pop septet BTOB returned Tuesday (Oct. 23) with a sentimental pop-rock track, “Friend.”
Composed by rapper Jung Ilhoon with co-writer IL and featuring lyrics by BTOB's other rappers Lee Minhyuk and Peniel, “Friend” is a bright, funky tune driven by the group’s representative expressive vocals. Upbeat and full of breezy energy, echoing synths sit below gentle drums and electric guitar riffs, before the song builds into a clapping, swaying chorus that resonates with bright horns. Playful raps, including Peniel’s witty turn of phrase --”You're my brother from another mother sister from another mister,” he says -- brings the song together.
Though it’s only a pre-release song ahead of their upcoming November album, “Friend” is BTOB at their best, with the seven men artfully emoting the feelings of a positive friendship.