SF9 made their latest comeback in January of this year with the release of Puzzle (the title track – link below) and The Piece OF9 (the group’s 12th mini-album). Today’s album review focuses on this mini-album release. The Piece OF9 features a total of 6 tracks (including the title track) and seven of the nine SF9 members, as Youngbin and Inseong had enlisted into the military last year and Rowoon rejoined the group’s lineup after missing the promotions of SCREAM and The Wave OF9. Following this comeback, Jaeyoon also enlisted into the military.
The Piece OF9 is a particularly strong album release from SF9. I gave two songs a perfect 10/10 score and ranked the rest of the songs on the higher end of the spectrum. Find out how each song on The Piece OF9 ranked by continuing to read this post!
1. Puzzle (Title Track) – Click here to read the full review for Puzzle. (7.5/10)
2. Love Colour – The second track on the album is a really neat and rhythmic R&B pop piece. I liked the layering of the instrumentation, which was full of texture and felt subtly groovy. And yet, Love Colour manages to still be quite smooth thanks to the flow of the song and the members vocals, which were enjoyable. I also enjoyed the vibrant feel of the song, which allows this R&B piece to be more appealing than other R&B tracks out there. (8/10)
3. New World – New World is quite the shake-up following the likes of Love Colour. I get an epic revolutionary or an adventurous cinematic journey vibe from this anthemic dance track, which makes sense given the title of the song. The vocals and rapping were amazing, and gave off a sense of accomplishment, which was a great complement to the aforementioned vibes. A minor suggestion, but I think some more pronounced electric guitar riffs during the final chorus to electrify the end would have made New World even more epic. (9/10)
4. Fighter – Fighter is the song on the album that you really need to turn the volume up and blast out loud! There is some serious charge to the song that comes off so subtle. The chorus is super addictive and gets the adrenaline pumping throughout your body. Even the verses had some momentum, and the rapping that featured in the verses was fire. The pre-choruses were appreciably smooth and another strong aspect of the song. A clear 10/10 for me. (10/10)
5. Tight (꽉) – We enter groovier EDM territory with Tight. The bass is also quite something. The marching drumbeats in the pre-choruses were a really nice bridge between this and the preceding song, and also built great momentum towards the choruses. The choruses were doubled down on the grooviness, and also had a fun tinge when the whistles kicked in. Again, the rapping and vocals are on point in this song, particularly Hwiyoung’s expressive rapping and Jaeyoon’s stunning high note. Another 10/10 song for me. (10/10)
6. Stay With Me (Jaeyoon Solo) – From a mile away, I could tell Stay With Me was going to be the balladry song on the mini-album. Stay With Me is also a solo single from Jaeyoon. It is a nicely instrumented with the traditional piano and band instrumentation. I quite liked the electric guitar in the background, which helped give it a less typical ballad feel. Jaeyoon vocals were heavenly, and you can feel the emotions that he poured into and out of the song. (8.5/10)