Gone Not Around Any Longer is the first single by SISTAR’s subunit, SISTAR19. The title track was used as the promotional song.
The single opens with the intro, SISTAR19. It’s really just a some guitar and some adlibs by Hyorin. I don’t think it’s that interesting, but it does flow right into the title track. Gone Not Around Any Longer is quite calming and sounds sadder than the usual material by SISTAR. The dark R&B sound really works well with Hyorin’s voice and I love the mix of piano and saxophone refrain. Bora’s rap is also decent, but it goes by really quickly and doesn’t really leave much impact. I don’t think it’s my favourite title track from SISTAR, but it’s a good listen and provides a bit of variety.
A Girl in Love is much more lighthearted and a cute pop tune. At first, I thought the song was really generic and dull, but there are some fun parts to the song. I really enjoy the R&B-lite sound it has and it works really well with the girls. Also, we get to hear a bit more of Bora singing and she actually sounds decent here, although everything is dominated by Hyorin. I do think the song’s verses are a tad long so it does make the song feel a bit long, but a good tune overall.
MA BOY was released as a digital single earlier and keeps the light-hearted sound. I still love this song and it is one of my favourite SISTAR-related songs. It’s so catchy and doesn’t feel overtly flashy. Its simplicity is what really helps it standout.
Overall: SISTAR19’s first single was a really strong release. All three songs on here were had R&B elements, but they each brought a different flavour to it. I really enjoyed the variety and it also helped to showcase the talent of Hyorin (Bora had some fun parts). It is unfortunate that this has been the last release from the subunit.