[Review] The Spring – Jung Eunji (APINK) ft. Hareem

The main vocalist of APINK has returned with her first solo comeback. Jung Eunji previously made her solo debut last year with Hopefully Sky, a high charting folk-ballad. The Spring is the title track of her second mini album, Space. As expected from the current time in the year and the title of her song, her track appeals to listeners in the season of Spring.

The Spring reminds me distinctively of Hopefully Sky. That maybe because of the folk instruments used in the production of this song. It stands alone quite nicely, though. It’s another one of those songs where I spend my time listening to it and swaying along with it. Eunji’s vocals are incredibly sweet and a standout aspect of the song.  What also sets this song apart from other songs is the use of the accordion. Here it is calming and compliments the sound of Spring. I have to admit, the song ended up being little catchier than her debut. That’s mainly attributed to the hook where she just repeats “Bom Bom Bom” or “봄 봄 봄”, similar to how Roy Kim’s Bom Bom Bom became popular.  (However, I stress that they are completely different styles of songs). However (hypocritical me is back), they tend to be very similar, and The Spring does fall into that hole. Springtime songs are always beautiful to listen to (popular ones, regardless of release dates, always rise to the top of the charts at this time of the year) in this period of the year, but after a while, they do end up sounding like each other. It may not be some people’s cup of tea, but it is still a beautiful song to listen to.

I personally like the music video for this song. Eunji is a taxi driver, and during her shifts, she drives around many couples, single people and families. While doing her work, she looks at them and wonders what makes this the season of love. We see flashbacks when she was in a relationship and that she still keeps her memories of those time with her. However, the video seems to suggest that they are still together. The entire video, no one sits next to Eunji. But someone (at the end of the video) gets into the passenger seat, and she smiles at said person. There is a moment of seriousness, but then she just chuckles and proceeds to drive off. It’s most likely that after dating for some time, Spring seems to just be another season on the calendar for them. Furthermore, Eunji could just have been reminiscing about those days. That’s my interpretation of the video, though. Cherry blossoms tend to be the representation of Spring in South Korea, and a lot of Spring based songs use cherry blossoms heavily. The use of it seems to be more subtle and not “in-your-face”. I usually don’t like the colour palette used in the video, but it works her. I also thought her smiles were beautiful. Might be one of the reasons why I keep watching the video.

Song – 8/10
Music Video – 9/10
Overall Rating – 8.5/10

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