In less than two years, SEVENTEEN have established themselves as one of Korea’s biggest new groups. They've toured the world, released multiple hit singles, and sold almost a million albums. Now that they're completely established, it's no surprise the boys have decided to start experimenting musically on their new mini-album Al1.
Lead single “Don’t Wanna Cry” is a world away from the funky pop that's defined SEVENTEEN’s sound until now. It's emo, radio-friendly electronica, à la The Chainsmokers. It was only ever going to be a matter of time before K-pop started doing Chainsmokers-inspired tracks, and fortunately the talented SEVENTEEN have done the genre justice.
Whether you like this style or not, it's hard to deny just how gorgeous the “Don't Wanna Cry” music video is. It really highlights SEVENTEEN as a performance-based group, showcasing their incredible choreography against a stunning desert backdrop.
“Don't Wanna Cry” isn't the only electronic track on the album. On “Swimming Fool,” the band try ‘90s house music with an addictive whistle chorus thrown in for catchiness. And on “My I,” they try a tropical style that's right on trend with countless other K-pop hits at the moment.
Elsewhere, SEVENTEEN stick to more traditional styles. “Habit” is a typical boy band ballad that wouldn't be out of place on an old NSYNC album, while “If I” is a cool hip-hop/pop number that's reminiscent of the group’s usual sound.
It's hard to predict how people will react to SEVENTEEN’s new style. But whether it's a success or not, fans will surely appreciate that the band decided to try something different this time, instead of playing it safe. Versatility is often the mark of a great pop artist, and Al1 definitely proves that SEVENTEEN have that down.
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