Park Bom has finally made her solo comeback and it has me in tears. In case you’ve been living under a kpop rock, let me tell you a little history about Park Bom before I get into why this song is my favorite song I’ve heard this year, hands down.
Both Park Bom and Sandara were both members of the biggest female kpop group, 2NE1 (so seeing them work together again is an even bigger deal). I will be doing classic kpop posts in the future, but for this post I want to focus on Bom. The group officially disbanded in 2016 amid controversy about Bom “smuggling drugs”. The ACTUAL facts are that she was being treated in the US for her ADD with the drug Adderall. She was unable to return to the US for a refill, so she had family members send her medication through the mail to South Korea. Bom was unaware that Adderall was and still is illegal in South Korea. Park Bom was investigated, but never charged after handing over her US medical records. Despite never being charged, the controversy took a toll on her career and mental health. In a recent interview, she talks about having terrible insomnia and, at one time, feeling like 2007 Britney! (Source from Billboard. It’s a very good article, take a look.)
So why does all of this make this comback, and this song in particular, so special? First of all, the song itself is the perfect choice. It was produced by Brave Brothers, who states he actually wrote the song for 2NE1! But the lyrics fit the situation perfectly. The song talks about depression and coming out of it, with translated lyrics such as :
“Once the pain you gave me leaves, Once the tears on my cheeks dry up, Spring will be there for me. Beautiful flowers. When this cold wind passes, When my heart melts down, Spring again. Will Spring come to my heart again.”
Unfortunately, mental health seems to be a hushed issue in South Korea, so it makes Park Bom even braver for coming back with a beautiful song like this. It resonates even more with me as I struggle with depression and anxiety attacks. To see her stand up and publicly speak about her mental health makes me and her fans so proud of her. Her voice is still as perfect as ever and she looks like a real life fairy princess. Also…Sandara can rap like that?!? Yes queens, slay it! You can see that even after all these years, their friendship is still strong as ever. This for me is the song of the year so far and I urge everyone to stream the video and buy the 3 song mini album on Google Play or ITunes. The other two songs are just as amazing! “Shameful” is a break up song you can dance to, and “My Lover” is a powerful ballad looking for lost love. It’s fantastic. Go get it and support our kpop queen!