LEE CHAE YEON made her first solo comeback back in April (and apologies for how long it has taken me a write to review this particular release). The solo artist’s second mini-album, Over the Moon, is lead by the title track KNOCK. This comeback follows LEE CHAE YEON’s solo debut with HUSH RUSH in October 2022.
Initially, KNOCK didn’t spark much interest for me. I can’t remember exactly why, but I think I just didn’t really play the song much when it was first released. It wasn’t until more recently that I started getting into KNOCK thanks to the ‘KNOCK Challenge’ on TikTok that I started appreciating the song. Now, I find the single to be quite a fun and addictive listen. The main drawing point of KNOCK are the choruses, which are super catchy and appealing. This can be attributed to the repetition and logical yet impacting knocking percussion that we get in the first half of the chorus, and the melodies and burst of energy in the second half of the choruses. The first verse had a familiarity to it from elsewhere in KPOP, which I cannot place, while the second verse successfully and naturally incorporated trap into its beginning. The bridge highlights LEE CHAE YEON’s consistent vocals throughout the song. The only aspect which I wasn’t keen on LEE CHAE YEON’s vocals at the very beginning of KNOCK, which sounded slightly cutesy tone. I did not think this fit the vibe the song was going for. But aside from that minor detail, I liked everything else in KNOCK!
As for the music video, I really liked what the producers did around the choruses of KNOCK. The nudging of the camera at the start of the choruses was super clever. However, the moments after the start of the choruses could have been more cleanly executed in. The self-turning mirrors was a super cool idea as well. I also liked the idea of LEE CHAE YEON stumbling across a doll dressed in a red dress (also played by the artist), who is awaken via a knock on the wardrobe door. It is a brief and minor story line in this video, but it was a clever way of incorporating a knock into the video. As for the drinking scenes, I am not too sure what that means, though it might be a connection between this video and HUSH RUSH’s music video. On a final point, LEE CHAE YEON herself looks amazing in the video, especially in the scenes where is in a trackie outfit.
As mentioned earlier, the dance challenge for this comeback (a prevalent feature of comebacks nowadays) was what drew me back to the chorus. I found it funny that the dance was so complex for fans that they had to create 3 versions of the dance challenge. The hardest version was my favourite, as it was my favourite bit of the whole routine. The aggressive and confidence that it takes to move from one side of the stage to the other side, whilst also the fast paced arm movements was definitely an iconic moment and shows LEE CHAE YEON’s dance skills in a brief few seconds.
Song – 9/10
Music Video – 8/10
Performance – 10/10
Overall Rating – 8.9/10