WEEKLY COMEBACK REVIEW + STREAMING GUIDE (17th-24th November)

This week saw an array of debuts and comebacks. NCT U released Resonance Pt. 2 a follow-up album, shortly after Resonance Pt. 1. The title track ‘90s Love’ has garnered over 15 Million views! GOT7 gave a sneak peek into their upcoming album with the pre-release track ‘Breathe’. BTS is once again back with heartwarming lyrics and melodious compositions in their EP ‘BE’. SM’s new girl group AESPA debuted with ‘Black Mamba’. AESPA has been in the news even before their debut for the AI concept. The AI concept has met with mixed reviews. GB9, who released a ballad a few days ago is back with an OST track for the drama ‘Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol’.

Read on to find out some underrated artists and fresh comebacks!

 

Please note: Some songs are not available on Spotify or iTunes India yet.

 

Albums/Mini Albums:

 

  • CNBlue – Then, Now and Forever

 

CNBLue is back after a long break of over three years. This title track from their mini-album ‘Re:Code’ is an alternative rock number that tells the feelings of a person who was left behind. The band recently completed 10 years and this album signifies the changes they have been through and the promise of a brighter future.

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  • WOODZ – Bump Bump

 

The bumping of cars into one another was one of the inspirations for this song. Hence, the title ‘Bump Bump’. The song speaks about the bumps in a relationship, that is fights between a couple even though they loved each other. The track is punctuated with retro rock music.

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  • NCT – 90’s Love

 

Groovy beats, old school vibe, and retro-themed music, NCT is back with one more foot-tapping track. Sung by Ten, Winwin, Mark, Jeno, Haechan, Yangyang, and Sungchan the music video features the members in ice hockey uniforms. The music video alternates between the game and the choreography. With 21 songs, this album is definitely the only one on this list with a maximum number of songs!

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  • WH3N – Only One

 

Only One is a soft, romantic ballad. WH3N’s soulful vocals accentuated with heavy piano and orchestral music, make an emotional impact on the listener. The music video features semi-dark, dark visuals.

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  • BTS – BE

 

BTS keeps on improving with each song. They have come a long way since their debut. With their latest EP ‘BE’ BTS have once again come through for their fans with a message of hope and love. The music video shows the members at home, or outside, comfortable in their space. Pastel and black/white colours in the music video, depict a sense of calm, hope and nostalgia. The EP is all about finding hope and inspiration in the hard times.

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  • 2Z – All I Need

 

2Z  is known for their soulful vocals. This time again, in the soft rock number they shine with their vocals. The lyrics give a hopeful and meaningful message to the listeners. The video is shot on pristine landscapes which fill your heart with joy.

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  • LOONA – Star

 

Star is an upbeat, energetic song. The lyrics narrate an ambition to achieve one’s goals and discovering one’s true self. The stars in the music video represent Orbits – the group’s fandom. This retro track is inspired by space and the story of Sleeping Beauty.

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  • Henry – Hero

 

In this track, the lyrics narrate how listening to this song on the radio hurts the heart. With Henry running behind a deer in deep woods, the music video gives a fantasy vibe. The synth bass and overlap of instruments gives the song a rock ballad feel.

This track was also released in Chinese.

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  • Jang Jane –  Dust

 

Jang Jane is back with her first full album The Quest for Anxiety. The song dust is a pop-rock number with a retro feel to it. It is a narration of a person’s struggle with anxiety and accepting one self. The track is packed with powerful music and matching powerful lyrics.

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Debut:

  • AESPA – Black Mamba

 

SM’s new girl group was already making headlines pre-debut. With a unique AI concept, Aespa made a powerful debut with the single ‘Black Mamba’. The music video with a futuristic concept is eye-catching. The song is fast-paced and electro-synth beats match the music video.

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  • BLING BLING – GGB

 

The music video is BLING BLING just like the group’s name. The song is a mix of musical styles, dabbling into hip-hop initially, then moving onto a tropical-themed chorus and a trippy bridge. The single album also features ‘La La La’ and Japanese versions of both songs. The song is catchy, and the members definitely bling bling-ed in the song!

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  • BAE173 – Crush on You

 

With a fantasy theme, the music video is a visual treat. Crush on You from their debut EP Intersection: Spark is a cute, R&B track which speaks about a person’s crush and the feelings of being in love.

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  • withus – Dokkaebi

 

Clad in hanboks, with historical buildings in the background, WITHUS’s DOKKAEBI music video is like a peek into the past. The song is rife with strong, steady beats. Their next releases will be something to look forward to!

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Pre-Release

 

  • GOT7 – Breath

 

GOT7 never fails to amaze when it comes to the lyrics. The Korean title of the song, literally translates to ‘You make me breathe’. This romantic number is light and refreshing and makes you tap your feet the moment it begins! Youngjae participated in the composition and writing the lyrics. The song is a perfect appetizer for their upcoming album ‘Breath of Love: The Last Piece’ which set to release on 30th November.

Who else is trying to whistle as he did? 😉

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Single:

 

  • MOMOLAND – Ready Or Not

 

MOMOLAND is back with another funky song ‘Ready or Not’. The song is laced with upbeat music and a catchy chorus. The pastel shades in the music video are pleasant to look at. The single album features one more song ‘Merry Go Round’.

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  • UNVS – The Prologue

 

UNVS have released a song sans a music video this time. The R&B song is easy on the ears. The trademark UNVS style is notable in this track too. Just like the title suggests, the track is a prologue of something grand.

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  • Yang Da Il – Darling

 

This ballad by Yang Da Il, is a heartfelt rendition. The music video features an old man who reminisces about his old love who is probably no more. The lyrics are strong with feelings of togetherness, even if the other person is no longer beside you. The song will make you teary-eyed if you listen to it when you miss someone.

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  • Youth Library – The Night I Drew You (ft. Yaebin of HINAPIA)

 

This acoustic ballad narrates the feeling of longing for your loved one, every night after a breakup. Yebin’s honey vocals compliment the song beautifully. The song sympathizes with feelings of love and separation. It tells a familiar story of heartache and longing that everyone has experienced.

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  • H:CODE – A Night Full Of You (ft. Jeon Sang Keun)

 

One more track about love and longing, H:Code delivers a soulful ballad with A Night Full of You. The music video incorporates flashbacks to emphasize the longing for past memories.

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  • CHEEZE – Good Night

 

Good Night is like a cozy blanket on a winter night. The warm hues in the music video feel the viewers with a sense of happiness and serenity. CHEEZE’s cheerful vocals set alight, refreshing tone to the song.

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  • Lee Min Hyuk – Kissing You

 

This autumn-y track is a perfect addition to your winter playlist. Lee MinHyuk’s vocals shine through the harmonious music. The music video adds to the nostalgic feel of the song.

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  • WOOGIE – Paradise (ft. Punchnello and ROMderful)

 

This soul and R&B track by Woogie is a good track to unwind after a hectic day. It sends the listener into a trance-like calm. The visuals are as laid back as the song. The song is the correct choice to begin a beach party playlist or even a road trip playlist!

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  • Brown Tigger – Boosta Mode (ft. Skull, Konta)

 

This funky, hip hop track by Brown Tigger is a medium-paced song. This song is a must-have on your party playlist!

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  • Kim A Hyun – Firework

 

Kim A Hyun’s Firework is a peppy, cute number. The pastel tones of the music video are pleasing to the eyes. The jazzy music definitely makes this song a must-have for a road trip playlist!

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  • LXX – Black

 

In his debut single Black, LXX or Alex belts out a hauntingly beautiful track. The lyrics are about desperate measures to get out of a rut. Just like the title, the music video is punctuated with black frames – highlighting the meaning behind the lyrics. This song is completely sung in English.

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  • KEEMBO – Scene

KEEMBO is a duo, with members Kim Bo Ah and Kim Bo Young. Hence, the name KEEMBO. The duo belts high energy, pop-rock track in their latest single Scene. They’ve made a great scene, with Scene.

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  • Lucia – Lunar Phase

 

Lucia’s Lunar Phase is about a redemption and foregoing the bad memories of the past. The music video is stunning with 2D visuals accentuated with shades of black and purple.

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OST:

 

  • GB9 – Hurt (Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol OST)

 

A few days ago, GB9 released a soft ballad ‘If I Knew’. This week, they are back with another sad yet soulful ballad for the drama Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol. The title Hurt aptly summarises the whole song.

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  • Baek A Yeon – Wherever (The Spies Who Loved Me OST)

 

Baek A Yeon never fails to impress with her powerful vocals. In yet another R&B number from the drama The Spies Who Loved Me, Baek A Yeon belts out a melodious track that is full of emotions.

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  • YooA (Oh My Girl) – Stay With Me (Tale Of The Nine Tailed OST)

 

YooA’s sweet vocals beautifully express the feeling of nostalgia and love. This track speaks about the sad feeling of love that has stayed in one’s memories.

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  • Park Jihoon – Midnight (Kakao TV’s ‘Love Revolution’ OST)

 

After a powerful comeback with Forbidden Island, Park Ji Hoon is now back with a peppy romantic number.

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  • Jamie – Dream (Start Up OST)

 

Jamie sings a hopeful track for the drama Start-Up. It is a romantic number with wishes of achieving new goals with one’s partner. The tempo of the track matches well with the tone of the drama!

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  • Sohee – Dream (Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol OST)

 

Sohee’s child-like vocals add a peppy touch to this track. The track matches the fun, slightly awkward feeling of love and the companionship between the leads.

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Which is your favourite pick from this list?

Written by

Nandini Iyengar

An aspiring translator and a writer!