WINNER are one of K-Pop’s biggest stars from one of K-Pop’s biggest agencies. While their comebacks are noticeably infrequent for such a large act - some fans would probably prefer to see WINNER promote more often - the timing has actually worked out to the band’s benefit. You see, much like f(x) or Brown Eyed Girls, the space between comebacks gives WINNER enough time to ensure that their music is of the highest quality for their fans.
Everything they’ve released so far has been absolutely amazing, and their latest release, Fate Number Four is no different. The two-track single, consisting of dance track “Really Really” and the ballad “Fool,” allows the band to showcase their musical versatility after dabbling in the pop-rock and country genres on previous releases.
On the propulsive “Really Really,” WINNER show just how savvy they are by jumping on the popular tropical-house trend. While this sound has already been done by BTS, Brave Girls, STELLAR, Berry Good, Taeyeon, K.A.R.D. and many others, WINNER bring their own original flavour to the genre to make it entirely their own. The song shot straight to the top of Melon’s real-time chart immediately after its release, proving that some time away has done nothing to diminish WINNER’s explosive popularity.
For their other single “Fool” WINNER reveal their softer side and deliver what just might be the best ballad of their career. While some fans may have been concerned about the absence of former main vocalist Nam Taehyun, WINNER put those fears to rest as the remaining members are more than skilled enough to carry the song on their own. Making “Fool” even more touching is the fact that it was written by member Kang Seung-yoon and dedicated to the loyal fans who have been patiently waiting for the group’s comeback.
After listening to Fate Number Four, it’s more than clear that WINNER’s talent knows no bounds and that the group still have a very bright future ahead of them.
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