For the first time since leaving SM Entertainment, former Girls’ Generation member Tiffany is back with new music. Solo single “Over My Skin” starts out promising, with a spare instrumental and Tiffany’s husky voice singing a low melody. The jazzy overtones promise to deliver a big show, but unfortunately they don’t follow through on that promise. The simplistic hook is underwhelming, especially given the outsized expectations set up by the dramatic effect of the slowed rhythm in the prechorus. With verses this spare, the chorus has got to peak high, but all we get from these choruses is a melody that barely varies through its repetitions. To make matters worse, Tiffany’s voice is so smothered in production that her tone is lost, subtracting whatever punch she herself could have lent the lackluster hook. Adlibs alleviate this lack somewhat in later choruses, but there’s not enough substance to them in the first place to make up for the feeling that something’s missing. So much more could have been done with Tiffany’s vocal and with the bare-bones instrumental. I’m excited that Tiffany has been able to make things work with a new label, but in terms of the music, this isn’t it for me.
OVER MY SKIN: KAYBOP OR KAYFLOP? Mmf, it’s kinda floppy.
Take a look at Tiffany’s “Over My Skin” MV below: