SISTAR returned with a new single this week called “Lonely,” which is sadly, their last. The chart-topping girl group abruptly announced their disbandment in May, making the release of “Lonely” a bittersweet affair.
Given SISTAR’s position in the industry, expectations for this comeback are high. The girls have consistently topped the Gaon chart with every release since 2011’s “So Cool,” giving them an almost unrivaled run of nine consecutive No. 1 singles. Their signature ‘summer songs’ have become a K-pop staple, with listeners everywhere awaiting SISTAR’s yearly summer comebacks.
While SISTAR’s songs are usually uptempo and dance-able, they’ve changed things up for “Lonely,” which is a midtempo ballad. It’s surprising considering that it was produced by Black Eyed Pilseung, who was behind both “Touch My Body” and last year’s “I Like That.”
The slower pace is a bit of a shock, but on the bright side, the production is perfect for Hyorin and Soyu’s emotive vocals to shine through. Fans will also be touched by the lyrics, which appear to speak to SISTAR’s sad goodbye as a group.
“With time everything will be forgotten,” they sing. “And so will you, that’s what’s really sad.”
Despite being a ballad, “Lonely” is far from a boring OST track. Black Eyed Pilseung lays down an acoustic-laced R&B beat; paired with the smooth melodies and catchy chorus, “Lonely” is still very much a polished pop song.
The music video echoes SISTAR’s past summer MVs, like “Loving U” and “I Swear,” in which the girls travel to an exotic location and explore the streets. However, in “Lonely” there’s more of a dark, late night vibe to reflect the sombre song. It’s the perfect visual for SISTAR’s send-off, with the girls showing fans something familiar but with a new twist.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little disappointed that SISTAR chose a slow song instead of an upbeat summer anthem for their farewell. But “Lonely” is more poignant and personal, so overall it makes for a more meaningful goodbye than your typical fun pop song would have. I'll definitely miss SISTAR, but I'll look forward to their solo activities and maybe even a possible reunion one day!
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