G-Dragon “Coup D’etat” Album Synopsis/Review [Part 2]


September fifth brought the release of the second part of G-Dragon’s new album “Coup D’etat.”

"Coup D'etat"

This part of the album begins with “Crooked,” a rock-themed song that brings out the color in G-Dragon’s voice. This genre of music suits G-Dragon; it not only fits with his image, but his voice as well. The song combines both modern electric synths and guitar. One may find the chorus slightly heavy on the ears, but it is quickly contrasted with the verses, which do not contain as much background music or harmony. I really really really enjoyed this song; it was refreshing and new, yet still carried G-Dragon’s style. It was also, by far, my favorite track on this part of the album.

“Niliria” is next. This is the G-Dragon version of the song, without Missy Elliot. Although I did enjoy Missy Elliot’s voice, I cannot say that I liked it more than G-Dragon’s rap. The song contains a classic Asian sound in the background. My favorite part of the song was the ending, which is one of the catchiest parts of the song, next to the “what what what what what”s.

[SEE ALSO: G-Dragon “Coup D’etat” Album Review (Part 1)]

Third is “Runaway,” a song with a guitar line that fits with the rock theme of “Crooked.” Though it seems to be an upbeat song, the key makes it a tad mysterious and sad-sounding. Combined with the harmony, it becomes a perfect balance. There are also trumpets in the background, which is something I have never heard from G-Dragon. It wasn’t exactly the song I wanted to hear in his album, because I felt it did not really fit with his style. Despite this, it was enjoyable to listen to.

“I Love It (feat. Zion T and Boys Noize)” is next. This song starts off with Zion T’s trademark voice, and it quickly progresses from soft to upbeat. It is a more classy, 80s sound, reminding me of the previous track, “Runaway.” Similarly, its not a sound I particularly enjoy from G-Dragon, though the song itself was quite good.

The fifth track is “You Do (Outro).” This meshes a few elements of the constant rock theme from this part of the album with G-Dragon’s classic hip-hop. This is primarily a rap song with a strong bass guitar line. It reminds me of 90s gangster rap.

“Window” is one of the more unique songs on the album, combining electric synths with effects reminiscent of a turntable before taking on a softer tone. This is the more ballad-esque track on the album. However, the bridge brings together this softer sound with a bit of dubstep. Although this song was pleasant on the ears, it wasn’t too memorable, failing to meet my standards for G-Dragon songs.

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The last track on the album is “Black (feat. Sky Ferreira).” This is a different version from the earlier one released, in the sense that there is a different artist featuring. Though I absolutely adore this song, I prefer the Jenny Kim version. It’s not even that the English feels a bit odd, it’s just that something doesn’t sit right with me when I hear the chorus. There is something about the hollow, echoey quality of the effects used on Sky Ferreira’s voice that makes the song less appealing than the previous version.

Overall, I give this section of the album a 9.2/10. I did not appreciate it as much as the first part of the album (clearly), but this is simply my preference. For those listeners more into rock, this album is suited for you. Despite this, I must really applaud G-Dragon for keeping a common theme between these songs. It is very easy to lose track of oneself in composing, and I commend him for not compiling random unrelated songs into one album. I urge you to take a listen to the full album (parts one and two) if you already have not.

Make sure you check out G-Dragon’s MV for “Crooked” below!