박혜진 [Park Hye Jin] - Before I Die
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2021 Ratings: #612 / 753
User Score
Based on 196 ratings
2021 Rank: #884
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME

By balancing these moments of soft introspection with tougher uninhibited hedonism – often in the same track – 박혜진 Park Hye Jin has crafted an affecting multi-layered debut that, rather than reaching a conclusion of fulfilment, manages to find happiness in just being alive.

80
The Line of Best Fit

With the album's massive amount of impressionable hooks, occasional moments of dumb-fun raunchiness, and an electric atmosphere conducive to mind-numbing dancing, 박혜진 Park Hye Jin has single-handedly constructed a safe and supportive space for the introverted, sad, and disillusioned.

80
The Skinny

박혜진 Park Hye Jin shows why she's one of 2021's most in-demand artists with an intricate and emotive debut album.

80
Mojo
A lugubrious but fresh, genre-bending take on modern club music.
78
Beats Per Minute

While the hefty beats of How Can I remain, the dreamier elements of IF U WANT IT also return, as well as a new finesse that balances the two – culminating in a record that harnesses isolation but yearns for connection.

70
PopMatters

Every cut on Before I Die is so thoughtfully assembled that it becomes exquisitely casual, and Park Hye Jin shows her range as a producer worth keeping an eye on.

70
AllMusic

Her self-produced full-length debut feels more elaborate than her EPs while also seeming impulsive and off-the-cuff.

70
Crack Magazine

As with previous releases, she packs a lot of ideas into a small space, spanning everything from delicate dream pop to banging techno over the course of barely 40 minutes.

65
Pitchfork

Singing and rapping in Korean and English, the Los Angeles-based electronic producer takes tentative steps toward reinventing herself as a songwriter.

60
DIY

These productions are dark, atmospheric - she knows exactly how to conjure up a mood. It’s just that it’s slightly too forbidding to ever fully feel at home.

60
Loud and Quiet

There’s no doubt that a keenly talented and natural songwriter is at the heart of this work, and Park Hye Jin is able to conjure a serene mood that many producers are merely capable of wishing they could evoke.

60
The Observer

Bedroom-dreamy and in-your-face all at once, the young rapper-producer’s debut album is an unsettling affair.

prets
72

Park Hye Jin’s unique vocals!!!!!!!!!

tokyolovehotel
73

On Before I Die, Park Hye Jin finally brought something that her previous projects lacked so much: life and a little bit of versatility. There is definitely progress in her music, but I would like to see something more.

swifty30
81

one of the few albums ive actually been hyped for this year & it was sick
let’s sing let’s dance video was the best n the explanation for each song made them 10x better and let us know her 🤷‍♀️
i j loved the overall vibe of the album the repetition wasn’t even annoying
and i am happy that music is an outlet for her

peachica
NR

this shit is fire

Urine
75

Can’t wait for her next project

PieceOfSausage
70

Album rating (By personal enjoyment✔️, Not by quality❗):
7/10
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A fairly decent hip house album from Park Hye Jin. The beninging was a kinda meh, but towards the end the project gets more pleasant and vibeable. Park Hye Jin's performance is alright, her vocals are more enjoyable here than on the first EP, but it's still quite minimalistic.
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Track ratings (By personal enjoyment✔️, Not by quality❗)
Let's Sing Let's Dance - 7/10
I Need You - 7.5/10
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Added on: July 6, 2021