Making their long-awaited return to the stage is iKON with their second full-length album, Return. There is only one title track of this particular YG album, the title track being Love Scenario. This is the group’s first comeback since their promotions of Bling Bling and B-Day in May last year.
Am I the only one surprised they went with a more mellow track as their promotional single this time around? I did expect a more hard-hitting track, similar to how Bling Bling or debut was. But that being said, we know that iKON can handle this softer sound through some of their other singles in the past. I feel like the group did a good job with mixing it with their usual hip-hop style, which is definitely what they are known for.The instrumental was nice, definitely stripped back in comparison to their previous songs. The vocal work here is superb and the raps were (per usual) really good. For me, the best part of the track is when the members sing together during that final chorus. The harmonies there were really nice and it made the chorus feel a little catchier. To me, the only thing the song lacks is a catchy element. If there was something more prominent, I would have liked this track so much more.
It is only the fourth week of the new year and I think we already have a contender for the Best Music Video awards for this year’s KPOPREVIEWED Awards. The way this video was shot in a way I don’t think we see much. The shots at the start of the bus stop, B.I’s slow-motion spinning shots, the lighting for Ju-ne’s solo moments and the choreography shots, all looked quite cool. I might be lousy when it comes to explaining the awesomeness of videos so I guess it is best if you all go watch this video to understand what I am getting at.
[Updated] The performance is quite fitting for the song. It doesn’t call for an intense choreography routine, which is exactly what the choreography avoids. I did like some of the moves, such as the one I saw at 0:32 – 0:35 of the music video or Ju-ne’s solo part.
Song – 8.5/10
Music Video – 10/10
Performance – 8/10 [Updated]
Overall Rating – 8.9/10 [Updated]