[아주 작은 Review] WJSN / Yoseob / Sungmin / Wanna One

Now that the Olympic season is over (I don’t talk a lot about, but I usually watch Winter Olympics only for Figure skating, and let me say that Ladies single competition was so fierce I almost fainted. Did you see what Medvedeva pulled out on ice??)

In this edition of 아주 작은 Review I’ll talk about newest releases from WJSN, Yoseob, Sungmin and Wanna One.


WJSN – Dreams Come True

Release date: February 27, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

I may be too biased, but so far WJSN are the best at pulling sci-fi mixed with fantasy concepts, and Dreams Come True is not an exception. It’d be really nice if they continue exploring that concept, of course, with different types of sounds (because sooner or later they have to change their sound, it’s unavoidable for any K-pop group that wishes for longevity on Korean market). I can’t help but to put parallels between this song and their previous same-concept song Secret (which is, honestly, the only song I listen from them), and I can say for sure that I prefer the latter more just because there’s one tiny part in Dreams Come True that I don’t like which is Cheng Xiao’s “Trust, trust in me, trust in you” line. Somehow for me it doesn’t fit into the rest of the song, thus ruins my overall impression.
All those circles with formulas in their MV and album covers remind me heavily of (1) Fate/ franchise (which are one of my favorite, if you don’t know what it is – it’s originally a Japanese visual novella, later expanded to anime and manga series, with Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Zero being the most famous); (2) Fullmetal Alchemist series (another Japanese manga/anime series by Hiromu Arakawa, my absolute manga favorite).

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 7 out of 10


Yang Yoseob – Where I am Gone

Release date: February 19, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

I know it’s sort of late to review the song (like, two weeks late), but I have things to say about this song. Which is: This song is AMAZING. It’s very early 2010s kind of sound, with piano as instrumental basement (which is never a miss when it comes to R’n’B sort of tracks, plus it’s damn good here), which then gets layered over with a catchy beat. B2ST/HIGHLIGHT are usually out of my playlist (except for very few songs), but this song really caught my attention. It’s simple, yet I don’t feel bored listening to it. And Yang Yoseob’s vocals are very calming, which I absolutely love. And yes, I love the choreography.

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 9 out of 10


Sungmin (Super Junior) – Day Dream

Release date: March 2, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

I honestly missed Sungmin in Super Junior. Unfortunately, he’s still not that welcomed back because of the stupidest reason ever. I mean, what’s wrong with getting married?
Anyways, let’s talk about his release via SM Station 2 project. I immediately fell in love with the dreamy instrumental, it perfectly conveys the daydream concept. Also, excuse me, but did I just hear the electric violin?? It’s 100% not the classical violin because of that obvious “electric” effect, but well damn, it just suits the rest of the instrumental so much. And I missed Sungmin’s vocals A LOT. It’s another simple ballad song, but I love it so much.

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 8 out of 10


Wanna One – I.P.U. (I Promise You)

Release date: March 5, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

Can I take a minute to complain about the single/album cover, please? Like, excuse me, but what the hell is this lack of creativity and identity? If I didn’t know who Wanna One were, I definitely would have never turned into to listen to the song based on this poorly designed cover. Come on, YMC, you’re earning millions (if not billions), go hire a better designer for God’s sake.
Now back to the actual song. I liked it that it wasn’t a ballad track, and I was partially okay with the EDM sound again, until that weirdest drop ever came after the first chorus. Even after listening to the song several times I feel uncomfortable at that specific drop. It doesn’t go along with the rest of the track. The song itself musically is still very generic, and there’s literally nothing to spazz over except for built ups (it reminded me of build ups in Seventeen’s Thanks, actually). The most important part of this release is obviously lyrics, but other than that I musically still prefer Wanna Be (My Baby) as Wanna One’s best fan song made.

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 6 out of 10

2 thoughts on “[아주 작은 Review] WJSN / Yoseob / Sungmin / Wanna One

  1. I love your reviews for each song! I like how you provide your thoughts but don’t seem to come across as a forced opinion upon people. Most of all, you narrow down to a few pointers so one can easily absorb the gist of the song ☺️

    I’m not an adventurous K-pop listener, so I’m really glad to visit your blog to expose myself to songs I don’t nornally listen to!

    Thank you!

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