Published on April 26th, 2016 | by deejaymich0
New generation idols battle it out with back-to-back comebacks
Friendly competition idol groups is not uncommon in the K-pop world, especially since it is such a saturated industry. Before things heat up during the summer, we warm up with TWICE, SEVENTEEN and Lovelyz and their new releases. So, how do they fare?
TWICE – ‘CHEER UP’
Composed and written by Sam Lewis and Black Eyed Pilsung, the same duo behind their hit debut song ‘Like OOH-AHH’, ‘CHEER UP’ promised to be yet another bright and youthful song from these girls. The music video is great, the concept is nice and the girls definitely sound good here, and I really like how the vocalists render their parts – special mention to Jihyo, because her part in the chorus sounds amazing.
The structure of the song emulates its predecessor, ‘Like OOH-AHH’, which is especially apparent in the cheerleader-ish hook before the last chorus. Unfortunately this same formula fell a little flat this time – mostly the verses, and with the lacklustre rap phrases, ‘CHEER UP’ left me slightly disappointed. That said, it’s still a song that I’ll continue to listen to.
SEVENTEEN – ‘Pretty U’
Oh SEVENTEEN… I hate to say this, but this was a huge disappointment. ‘Mansae’ was and still is one of my top jams, and I was really anticipating this comeback. It’s unfortunate that ‘Pretty U’ turned out to something akin to one of those fanservice-y songs that are ‘specially released’ for their supporters instead of sounding like a lead single. It was lively and bright throughout, but the song didn’t have any real climaxes and ended up sounding flat all the way. It definitely didn’t help that the music video did not showcase any of their usually awesome choreography, something which I definitely identify SEVENTEEN with.
Lovelyz – ‘Destiny’
I’ve honestly never really cared much for Lovelyz, though I really liked ‘Good Night Like Yesterday’, so I was really surprised at how ‘Destiny’ managed to draw me in. For starters, the chorus is really catchy and the lyrics are clever – using the Sun, Moon and the Earth to depict the relationship between three people. In fact, I think the lyrics are the best part of the song. Despite the tune being pretty bright, the lyrics bring out the sorrow of the ‘Moon’.
Also, can we just talk about the music video? The set is simple but visually attractive, and don’t get me started on the little details and cinematography – how items and the shots rotate and revolve just like stars and planets. ‘Destiny’ is definitely Lovelyz’s strongest comeback and it is going to be difficult for the girls to top this.
What did you guys think about these comebacks? Which was your favourite? Do let us know in the comments! P/S: Congratulations to all three groups for having their tracks in the top 10 charts!