AOTY 2021
박 혜진 [Park Hye Jin] - Before I Die
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2021 Ratings: #523 / 673
User Score
Based on 141 ratings
2021 Ratings: #789
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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
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.

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
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
The Observer

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

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
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.

prets
72
Park Hye Jin’s unique vocals!!!!!!!!!
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

[TOP 3]
- Let’s Sing Let’s Dance -
- Never Give Up -
- i jus wanna be happy -
Valeyard
70
U goin to horny jail 🐕🔨*bonk*
lilscrawny
70
very groovy and upbeat :)
i have never seen someone the meanings behind their own songs a day after release, which i think is awesome. excited to see what more she can do!
[TOP 3]
- i jus wanna be happy -
- Where Did I Go -
- Let's Sing Let's Dance -
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.
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Track List

  1. Let’s Sing Let’s Dance
  2. I Need You
  3. Before I Die
  4. Good Morning Good Night
  5. Me Trust Me
  6. Where Did I Go
  7. Never Give Up
  8. Can I Get Your Number
  9. Whatchu Doin Later
  10. Sex With Me (DEFG)
  11. Where Are You Think
  12. Never Die
  13. Hey, Hey, Hey
  14. Sunday ASAP
  15. i jus wanna be happy

Year End Lists

#20/Rough Trade (UK)
#39/Crack Magazine
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Added on: July 6, 2021