[Review] Come – NEWKIDD

NEWKIDD’s debut track, Tu eres, is eligible for Best Song in the 2019 KPOPREVIEWED Awards. It is very simple to select Tu eres as one of the best tracks of the year. Simply click the link here, vote for your favourite artists in the various categories and in the final question, type in ‘Tu eres – NEWKIDD’ along with four other of your favourite songs of 2019. Make sure to press submit once you are done!

As mentioned a few reviews ago, I will slowly catch up on some reviews that I have missed, as we round out 2019. I had to take a short break from this, but I am now back and ready to do a review blitz. This review’s focus is on NEWKIDD’s first comeback track, Come. This was released on the 28th of November. And as far as I know, the track didn’t get much attention. Hopefully this review will help get the group and song a few extra listeners. Previously the male group made their debut with Tu eres.

One way to really draw attention to the song from the get-go is to do what Come did. It kicked the song off with the blaring brass-like synth that really caught my attention. And with an opening like this, I just had to keep on listening. The verses is a lot smoother, going with a sleek beat and vocals that just kept on flowing. The opening synth returns for the chorus, but this time they added deep vocals with some edge and attitude to give it a different feel. We return to the smoother verses, throwing us into the typical rap-vocal lineup that songs tend to opt for during the second verse. But the song doesn’t repeat the chorus. The song then changes up once again, returning with the same synth based instrumentation. But the vocals are changed, giving the song an even sleeker texture. It is a bold track and a definite improvement from the group’s debut track. There is something lacking that weighs it down and prevents it from being memorable. But what we got is very satisfying. There is definitely potential behind this track and group, waiting to be discovered. And Come is a step in the right direction.

When it comes to music videos, I think it is clear that I do prefer the darker and edgy concepts. Compared to the music video for Tu eres, Come‘s video is definitely superior. I liked the mysterious nature of the video. It gives off an intriguing feel and I felt that a plot felt like it could have intertwined in the video, particularity when Hansol picks up the diamond at the end of the video. But the closeups felt just like closeups in the video and don’t offer much else to the video. I liked the emphasis on red and gold in this video, popping out from the darkness that surrounds the set.

The group definitely gives off a lot of charisma in this comeback and this is shown very clearly throughout the stages. Their smiles throughout the choreography was very alluring. I thought their chorus routines were very edgy, sleek and powerful this time around. Good job!

Song – 7.5/10
Music Video – 7.5/10
Performance – 8/10
Overall Rating – 7.6/10

[Review] Tu eres – NEWKIDD

Making their debut in the past week is NEWKIDD. They may actually be a familiar name with two subunits of the group making their debut in the past, along with NEWKIDD member Ji Hansol making into UNB through the survival reboot show, The UNI+. So, the group has some experience on the stage already. But here is a quick recap before we dive into Tu eres. The group is a seven-member male group (consisting of Jinkwon, Ji Hansol, Choi Jiann, Yunmin, Woochul, Kang Seungchan, and Hwi) currently under J-Flo Entertainment.

To me, Tu eres is a standard house dance track. There really isn’t anything that flashy about the instrumental to really set it apart from the competition. The start was promising, especially with the keyboard or piano. But once the beat became comfortable, I wasn’t really that blown away. What did manage to really reel me into the song were the vocals and the raps. The vocals were quite crisp, clear and showcased proudly over the instrumental.  The raps gave the song a dynamic feel and a sense of boldness that I didn’t really register with the rest of the song. Together, I think they did a lot in place of the instrumental which, once again, featured more standard elements than anything else. The song didn’t seem catchy, which is disappointing as you want a debut track to be memorable. But then again, many groups have come back from non-memorable debut tracks in the past, so there is always room to improve, especially when they did demonstrate potential.

The camera quality for this debut music video is on point! I think this already has me biased. The content doesn’t seem to have much, with the video focusing mainly on choreography and close up shots. The video is set in a foreign outdoor marketplace, similar to the concept that the (G)I-DLE’s LATATA and Hann music video. The video was also situated in this classy black backdrop scenery, with the now normalised water dance shot. Together, they may seem like ideas done before but I think it was a nice video regardless of that.

The choreography shares the same fate as the music video. Nothing new but it was still enjoyable to watch. I did like the energy they put into their moves. Apart from that, I don’t have much else to comment on.

Song – 6.5/10
Music Video – 7.5/10
Performance – 7/10
Overall Rating – 6.9/10

[Review] Shooting Star – NEWKIDD02

It is time to cover some KPOP groups who recently made a start to their careers. NEWKIDD has yet to officially debut, however, they did release a new pre-debut single as a subunit (NEWKIDD02) titled as Shooting Star. This occurred back on 25th of July (and I have been bumping it around since its release). The subunit features Jinkwon, Ji Hansol (who is also currently promoting as part of UNB), Choi Jiann, Yunmin, Hwi and Woochul. NEWKIDD also has another subunit, Lemme Spoil U, who released Will You Be Ma at the end of last year.

Shooting Star is quite a funky and groovy song to listen to. It has the instrumentation to be an addictive song in my opinion.  But it is mediocre, at best. It just doesn’t deliver, which is a huge disappointment in my mind. The song could have more momentum or drive, which would have made it more appealing. The group does have good vocals however I don’t think that is much help here, especially since their hook is quite weak. The song also could have used a more defined rap section, which would have added that energy/momentum. Despite all of my criticism, the song isn’t too bad once you hear it on a playlist. It isn’t terrible in any way, I just think it needs a little more to be able to stand out from the crowd.

It has been a while since I have seen an all blonde male group. I think the last time that occurred was B.A.P’s debut back in 2012. The music video benefits from good post-production, which I think made the video much more enjoyable. And that is the best thing I can say in regards to it. It does fall towards the boring side of the spectrum, which doesn’t make me want to rewatch it again.

The choreography was quite cool. I liked the skipping part and the arrow shooting towards the end of the music video. While the song and the music video hasn’t got rave reviews from me, I am glad the choreography shows that there might just be something to put this group on my radar.

Song – 5/10
Music Video – 6.5/10
Performance – 7.5/10
Overall Rating – 6/10