Weekly K-Pop Comeback

Inching closer towards the end of the year and Christmas being right around the corner, your favorite K-Pop acts are rushing in to fill in the void that might still be left from 2021 and fill the Christmas socks with festive releases. Even better for us, we get to listen and take pleasure in these amazing comebacks, relish in the joy of the season, and talk about its musicality, truly the best of all worlds. So, grab a hot chocolate, and let’s dive into this vast version of the Weekly K-Pop Comeback review!

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SUPER JUNIOR D&E – Need U

Thanking their fans after the release of their last release ‘Countdown‘, Super Junior D&E released a new epilogue single ‘Need U‘. Combining it with a special video that features both members in a behind-the-scenes montage and monologue with their feelings behind the song, they express their gratitude for their fans, their support, and wish to stay together with them through this letter, engraved in the song which they wrote themselves. The song remains a feel-good jingle, using trendy accompaniments and bass lines, hoping to bring a smile to the listeners’ faces as they hear it.

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FTISLAND – Unthinkable

After a long hiatus of two years, the rock trio, FTISLAND is back with a new EP, ‘LOCK UP‘ and the title track, ‘Unthinkable‘. The song presents itself as a modern rock ballad, using dramatic, bass string flairs, explaining the unlikeliness of the situation where the singer’s lover could leave them. The vocalist, Lee Hong-Gi conveys the sorrow, frustrated emotions with the utmost rigor. The music video loops over the memories of the singer as he watches them come undone, from the point when things were alright to when they fall apart.

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DAVICHI – Everyday Christmas

The balladeer duo, DAVICHI, celebrate the winter wonders of Christmas with a new single album and title track, ‘Everyday Christmas‘. Unlike their usual essence, the song booms with Jazzy-Synthpop with sparkles floating in the soundscape as the singers wish their listeners to have a joyous and Merry Christmas, owing to the exciting atmosphere around everyone. The duo is seen preparing for the festival, decorating their house and the tree, cooking a feast, gifting each other, doing all the customary Christmas activities.

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AILEE, Whee In – Solo Christmas

Mesmerizing soloist Ailee comes together with MAMAMOO‘s enchanting vocalist Whee In for a poignant collab in the essence of Christmas, now that they’ve both signed with THE L1VE. ‘Solo Christmas‘ is an emotional ballad that features minimal yet grand instrumentation, giving way to heavenly vocals from both the singers, from wispy background vocalization to divine ad-libs and dramatic high notes. The lyrics tell the wishes of the singer for their loved one to return to them with the first fall of snow when they’ve spent it together every year before their untimely breakup.

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MINO – TANG!♡

WINNER‘s moody, swaggy and carefree member, MINO returns with his new EP, ‘“TO INFINITY.”‘, and the title track, ‘TANG!♡‘. Through the song, he tries to impress his interest with all sorts of riches he can arrange, admitting he’s a fool who doesn’t know what a woman wants. The whole production screams MINO, his creative artistry is evident in the album, the music video where he plays a futuristic love game in a cowboy setting. It has an inescapable onomatopoeia hook (much like the trend this year) in the chorus that also uses the electric touch, boasting a laid-back percussion on the hip-hop rhythm but it’s still very true to his musical taste, especially when he plays with his strengths while spitting rapid rap in the second verse.

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MONSTA X – You Problem

MONSTA X return to their English promotions with five members (with Shownu being enlisted in the military) with the sophomore album, ‘The Dreaming‘, reverting to the retro, disco tunes through the title track, ‘You Problem‘. The exuberant multifaceted artistry exhibited on each song of the album goes on to deem it as one of their best yet. Under the shimmering lights of the disco and the neon of the bowling alley, along with The Beatles’ reminiscent get-up in their music video, the group yearns for austere romances and joys. They lose themselves to polished dance moves, paying homage to the boy-band era. The song borrows several 90s boy-band markers – a sleek infectious chorus and a boisterous bridge, much different from the unwavering, fierce energy they flaunted three weeks ago. The album also includes the previously released single ‘One Day‘ that hinted towards this album.

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NCT U – Universe (Let’s Play Ball)

Amping up for NCT 2021 lineup and album, NCT pre-release ‘Universe‘ under the subunit, NCT U, with nine participating members – Jungwoo, Haechan, Jeno, Mark, Doyoung, Jaemin, Xiaojun, Yangyang, and Shotaro. The boys aim to win with this track that plays on a Hip-Hop base while using acapella, chorus underlined with bass, and giving an exemplary vocal performance. The music video gives further insight into the song and the boys are seen with baseball in a batting room as they dance celebrating their victory.

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THE BOYZ – Candles

Following their Christmas custom, THE BOYZ are here with a new Christmas single, ‘Candles‘, a lovely pop-ballad that croons with mellow melodies, warming the listeners’ hearts with their honeyed vocals in this festive spirit. The slow jazz-pop song conveys the hopes of the boys who wish to spend this Christmas in the warm embrace of their loved one, in a decorative, candle-lit setting.

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Woosung – Genre

THE ROSE‘s frontman Woosung comes back with a new EP ‘Genre‘, an ensemble of seven tracks that are nothing short of flawless, an excellent vibe with that dreamy voice of his. The album is a more mature version of Woosung’s freed musicality, where he plays with diverse genres, creating his own genre to tell a narrative of careless immature love through a luxuriant, ambient soundscape. Artists like Kard‘s BM, Ladies Code‘s Ashley, and rapper Reddy feature on the various songs of the album. Previously released songs, ‘Lazy’ and ‘Dimples’ are also included in it.

Listen and download to the album on Spotify | iTunes

 

ATEEZ – The Real (Heung Version)

Concluding their Fever series with an epilogue, ‘ZERO: FEVER EPILOGUE‘, ATEEZ pays homage to their roots and etiquette, sending a message to stay humble as one matures and to be authentic to one’s identity. The title track is ‘The Real – Heung Version‘ which they created for Mnet’s reality show ‘Kingdom: Legendary War‘. Combining traditions with modernity, they have grounded their niche as they claim. The song is structured on classic Korean layers with trap and hip-hop, that looms over the whole production. Being the powerhouses that they are, they display the same energy in their chill enunciated raps and defining vocals. The music video features mixed elements as well where the boys do a dance-off to prove their originality in both, historical nobility and modern high school surroundings. They also pre-released a sentimental music video for Turbulence to tease this album which became an instant fan favorite.

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LUCY – Rolling Rolling

Pop-Rock band LUCY returns with a brand new EP, ‘BLUE’, and the title track ‘Rolling Rolling‘. Their ingenious way of combining folk art-rock sounds, always gives a new dimension to their songs, coming across as very new and they stick to their strengths in this comeback. With their youthful energy and upbeat vocalization, they ask people to slow down in their busy lives and dream again. Even if they take a moment to calm down, they won’t miss out much since the world keeps rotating and revolving every day. So is also portrayed in the music video where different people try to navigate through their lives, stopping just for a while to take in the surroundings they are in.

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Eldon – Reality

Up-and-coming Korean indie artist ELDON releases a new single, ‘Reality‘. Through the song, he promises to save the listener and himself from the false fantasies his mind takes him into with his fine, lulling voice. The track is structured on Alternative Indie Rock elements, starting slow on basic piano keys and humble percussion but gradually bringing in the bass, developing with exuberance with every passing beat.

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Xdinary Heroes – Happy Death Day

JYPE has debuted their new boy band, Xdinary Heroes, deft with six members on a myriad of instruments. Taking the emo teen rock to Korean platforms, their debut single ‘Happy Death Day‘ is a chaotic yet commendable listen. The members are not only responsible for the intense instrumentalization but they also demonstrate their assorted vocal range when they pull notes to the edge with ease. The track criticizes birthday events to be an affair of the fakes, making it the worst day. The music video is set on a similar plotline where people are staggering through a birthday party and the boys are playing at the same venue.

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10cm – Drawer {Our Beloved Summer}

Telling the story of the K-Drama, ‘Our Beloved Summer‘ with its simple yet reflecting lyrics, ‘Drawer‘ is a perfect addition to the official soundtrack as the first song on the list. Sung by 10cm, the track has an austere acoustic base with nostalgic yet tranquil guitar strums and baselines as the lyrics recall the past and compare it to the present, discerning the parallels within a person’s behavior that remain the same after such a long time.

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Sunwoojunga – Something Missing Between Us {Nothing Serious}

Pondering over a weird relationship, Sunwoojunga sings to the folk-jazz, calm melodies of the OST, ‘Something Missing Between Us‘ for the K-Movie, ‘Nothing Serious‘. The soundtrack album contains additional 13 songs, all sung by her. The couple in the song seems to be lost in their unlikely pairing, now they don’t know what to do with each other, stuck in a phase where they can’t move forward or return.

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Hyungwon – Picture {Fly Again}

Monsta X‘s Hyungwon sings the soundtrack, ‘Picture‘ for the self-starring musical drama ‘Fly Again‘, where he shows his vocal and rap skills in tune with his character in the drama. The pop track uses synth and bass while the lyrics portray his determination to be a better version of himself every passing day, comparing his growth to the pixels of a picture.

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Lee Mujin – Come Rest With Me {Now, We Are Breaking Up}

Singing an orchestrated pop-ballad full of poised brass harmonies about letting go of your daily woes, Lee Mujin sings the ninth OST, ‘Come Rest With Me‘, for the drama, ‘Now, We Are Breaking Up‘. He asks the listener to talk him through their worries and rest comfortably for the night and look forward to the flowery day that’s waiting ahead for them.

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015B – Good Luck To You (ft. Dongha)

Moving a step ahead with their project, the duo 015B features the singer, Dongha, on their latest single, ‘Good Luck To You‘. Remembering the early days of R&B – distinct bridge key changes and prominent outro ad-libs, the track follows a comparable route with Dongha’s deep baritone voicing the lyrics that bless happy days ahead to an estranged lover after trying their best to salvage their frayed relationship.

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ONEW, Punch – Way

SHINee‘s Onew and soloist Punch come together for the SM Station track, ‘Way‘, which tells the story of two star-crossed lovers, separated through space and time who can only meet each other as one entity. The acoustic ballad starts with minimal modern pop ballad sounds that grow grander with a band arrangement by the time the bridge approaches. Both the singers complement each other with their euphonious voices as they yearn for their lovers’ embrace. The animated music video also gives a glimpse into the verve of our two distant protagonists.

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Shin Yong Jae, BEN – The Man, The Woman

Being the 6th runners for the REVIBE project, 2F‘s Shin Yong Jae and BEN, sing VIBE‘s ‘The Man, The Woman‘. The reinterpretation sticks close to a Korean ballad where the duet singers complain to each other about being negligent towards each other while they were in a relationship. The music video features both the singers in the snowy street and warm homey backdrops to signify the differences between the ex-lovers.

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Which track is your earworm from this weekly K-Pop Comeback review? Let us know in the comments below!