We now turn towards a solo comeback. Jung Daehyun made his official solo debut earlier this year with a ballad (You’re My). I call this a typical move for the main vocalists for groups. So it is always interesting to see solo acts to change their tracks with their next release. This is the case for Jung Daehyun who returned with Aight yesterday. Daehyun also recently signed with STX Lionheart to be his managing company.
It is a complete turn around for Jung Daehyun, who hasn’t done a really upbeat dance track in his solo career thus far. While he has done R&B before, the retro influence that is brought to Aight makes it different. The funky and grooviness was a strong element that made the song feel fun and enjoyable. I also like the huskiness his voice brings to the three-minute long track, bringing back the memories of his voice during B.A.P’s heyday. Notably, however, he kept to a neutral mode, which I think made the appeal much stronger. It works in this case, which is a rare occurrence (as you never want anything to be neutral). There was some rapping in the song, which I thought was so-so. However, I wish the fun element extended the song further as I felt that all the neutral nature of the song to be very constrictive, given Daehyun’s known talents. I wanted a drop, I wanted dance break with a strong instrumental. I wanted something more to strength and deliver a punching impact. It is a great track. But it needed something more.
Even though Daehyun is returning under an unknown company, he had a pretty decent budget for this comeback. We saw a pretty low-quality music video for You’re My. Aight actually looked very futuristic and abstract given the different structures and sets featured in the music video. It is a really cool looking video. I really like the use of green and red in the video. I noticed a pattern with the editing in this video, with one longer-duration shot and then a burst of three very quick frames. Usually, I would complain that things moved a little too quickly based on this. But I thought it looked unique (though I am sure this technique has been used before in other videos).
I thought the choreography for this comeback was actually decent. Though Daehyun does focus on the live aspect of the performance, he does participate in the performance with small movements. The actual dance actually allowed the solo act to sing at the same time, which benefited the overall stage. There was also a classy vibe to it, especially during the ‘Attention’ parts of the choreography and the end.
Song – 7.5/10
Music Video – 9/10
Performance – 8/10
Overall Rating – 8.1/10
Returning as a solo artist is Jung Daehyun. Daehyun is a member of B.A.P. However, it is has been a rough few years for the group due to scandals and lawsuits. While they did return for a while under TS Entertainment, this was short lived for unknown reasons. After that, some members left the group and ultimately the remaining four left TS Entertainment earlier this year (though, it seems like they haven’t formally disband yet). Daehyun signed on with Wecan Company and released his first mini-album earlier this month. The lead track is You’re My.
You’re My is a ballad, something I had expected from Daehyun for his first release (which ended up being an R&B dance track). To me, the ballad is rather typical, instrumental wise. It has an orchestral vibe, along with some drums in the background. Nothing that exciting as you can see. However, Daehyun’s vocals are what keeps this song from being too boring. His voice starts off quite soft but when it gets to the chorus, Daehyun’s powerhouse vocals kick in, giving the song a needed boost in terms of energy. It builds alongside the instrumental but as it is at the forefront, it felt like his vocals gave more to the song. The high note and ending felt a little muddled in my opinion. With the high note being at the start of the bridge and the end introducing new melodies, I felt like it was a little too loaded. But overall, it was a fair ballad that lets us enjoy a bit more of the song.
The music video starts off showing Daehyun finding a camera. It seems to bring past happy memories back to Daehyun. These memories feature his partner, who I think leaves for a faraway place. But the two are still together at the end of the video, judging by their Skype call. At the end of the video, Daehyun moves out and takes a final shot of the apartment that he shared with his long-distance girlfriend. And he departs with a smile on his face. It is always nice to see a ballad that isn’t about the sad emotions. On top of that, the video showed nice scenery and this went nicely with the happy memories. It wouldn’t be my pick for best music video but it was still nice overall.
Song – 7.5/10
Music Video – 8/10
Overall Rating – 7.7/10
B.A.P has caught us off guard with the release of a project album, which features tracks from Daehyun and Jongup. I know their promotions for the project album has ended, but better late than never. I have also decided to go with a different layout for this double review, but it will remain the same as any other double review (all parts will be shorter in length).
Shadow – Daehyun ft. Zelo (B.A.P)
Daehyun is my favourite member from B.A.P and to hear that he finally has a solo song makes me so happy. And he delivered with a RnB styled song. His vocals go hand-in-hand with the style. I actually preferred his live performance version (without the rapping), where you hear his vocals only. Zelo does do a good job, but it felt disconnected from the rest of the song. The same can be said in regards to the bridge of the song. It also felt different from the rest of the song. The song does not build up to a satisfying level, which leaves it hanging, in my opinion. Nor it is memorable as a whole. It also lacked having that punch or impact. There were catchy parts, but they seem minor compared to the rest of the song. Overall, it may sound like I dislike the song but in reality, it is more that I am on the fence.
The performance was good. I feel like the song could have fitted a more mysterious concept, but it delivered in giving Daehyun the chance to show some polished moves and a chance to showcase his vocals. I think in the end, they went with a more stylish concept, which was great as well.
Song – 6/10
Performance – 7/10
Overall Rating – 6.5/10
Try My Luck – Jongup (B.A.P)
I have mentioned in every review since B.A.P’s return that Jongup’s vocal abilities have vastly improved. And this song is all the proof that you need. While it doesn’t feature mind blowing vocals that Daehyun has, Jongup does a really good job. He seemed to have elongated his “Try My Luck” to make it sound longer and his high notes just shocked me. It also seems like he tries rapping in the song and that too sounds amazing. The song itself also fits into the RnB domain. I think the correct word to describe the song is ‘smoky’. It’s very smooth overall and there is a nice melodic flow, which I don’t think Daehyun’s song had. I am quite sure the smoothness and melodic flow were present to accommodate his performance. Overall, I think this is a great song that showcases the already present and improved skills of the artist.
I said the song had a smoother and stylish sound, which made his overall performance so much better. It definitely showcases his dancing abilities really well and make it a worthwhile performance to watch.
Song – 8/10
Performance – 7/10
Overall Rating – 7.5/10