SEVENTEEN made their returned in mid-June as well. This comeback was titled Ready To Love, which is the title track of their 8th mini-album, Your Choice. This promotional run for the new song and album was a bit of a whirlwind. COVID-19 brought upon a pause in their promotions of the comeback, with the group going into quarantine for two weeks. The group then returned to promotions without S.Coups who was recovering from an injury. But the group still managed to clinch four weekly music show wins and they also sold more than 1.3 million copies of their album. So I would say Ready To Love is a successful comeback, despite the hiccups along the way. Anyhow, that was a brief recap of what has happened since the comeback dropped. Now, it is time for my review for the album!
1. Heaven’s Cloud – Kicking off the album is Heaven’s Cloud. It is definitely is a song of no commitment, with such a light and airy vibe. It eases you into the album. Everything just rolled along and felt breezy in this song. Heaven’s Cloud also does a good job of showcasing the members in a more pleasant light. The vocals and rapping were just that, while the melodies had the right level of catchiness to make this song memorable. The “Gimme your Gimme your Love’ part in the bridge was my favourite bit. Overall, a nice listen and a great start to the group’s eighth mini-album. (8/10)
2. Ready to Love (Title Track) – Click here to read the full review for Ready to Love. (8/10)
3. Anyone – The promotions may have biased me with this, but Anyone is my favourite side track on this album. Anyone has the edgy and intense vibe that I enjoy and prefer when it comes to music in the KPOP industry. Many groups have edgy songs, but I like how Anyone doesn’t necessarily go down the ‘dark route’’. Rather, Anyone focuses more on maturity. I like the stompy nature of the instrumentation (which is emphasized in the performance of the track) and the tinge of electro-rock that gives the song a subtle electrifying feel, which keeps you on your toes for the full duration of the song. The vocals and rapping packed a punch, making Anyone that more alluring. (10/10)
4. GAM3 BO1 (Hip-Hop Unit) – The chipmunk and synth-heavy instrumentation reminds me of old video games. It has this really bright and cheerful feel to it, which I quite like. And it is a very dynamic track. Unfortunately, the autotune in this song gets to me. It helps blend the quartet unit into the song and creates a more cohesive track. But it is quite obnoxious at the same time. When it comes to the song’s main hook (a consistent repetitive string of just the word ‘Game’), I am a bit torn. It is memorable and I definitely have it stuck in my head. But I find it a bit bland, at the same time. Overall, Gam3 Bo1 is a massive mix bag of likes and dislikes for me. (7/10)
5. Wave (Performance Unit) – Out of three unit tracks on this album, Wave is my favourite. In comparison to the Hip-Hop Unit’s track, Wave is a lot smoother and more hypnotic in a way. Compared to the Vocal Unit’s song, Wave is a lot dreamier. Wave taps into the house genre of EDM and creates a very fulfilling song. It is moodier and definitely more something up my alley. I really like the punchiness of the chorus and the satisfying nature of the drop in the same sequence. The Performance Unit does an impressive job of showcasing an aesthetic delivery in terms of vocals (and I am sure, the same for their performance), which ups the appeal of Wave. (9/10)
6. Same Dream, Same Mind, Same Night (같은 꿈, 같은 맘, 같은 밤) (Vocal Unit) – The final song on the album belongs to the Vocal Unit. Same Dream, Same Mind, Same Night is another impressive display of vocals, which is expected from the quintet. The instrumentation reminds me of a soft 90s R&B ballad, which is great if you are looking for something soothing to listen to. Even the vocal processing has that tinge from the 90s era. I do think they had too much going on towards the end as it felt slightly overwhelming for me. But overall, still a nice song overall. (8/10)
Overall Album Rating – 8.3/10