Review: Twicecoaster: Lane 1 by Twice

Twicecoaster: Lane 1 by TwiceDo we really need another Twice mini-album? Yes, I’m not one of the millions of Once out there, and I have been skeptical of their work before, but think of it this way: “Cheer Up” is still dominating the K-pop landscape six months after it was released, to the point that it’s crossed the thresholds from “cute little song” to “icon” to “I’m tired of this”. I don’t know. A part of me thinks we all really need a rest from Twice, and Twicecoaster: Lane 1, their third mini-album in one year and one week, just proves the point. Sure, they can’t afford to change the formula, not with this big a following, but at least their last two releases had some standout moments – the solid 90s throwback “Going Crazy” on The Story Begins; their remake of Park Ji-yoon’s iconic “Precious Love” on Page Two – but here they’re just grinding down what’s left of the preppy, 8-bit musical aesthetic. Even their single, the awkward-sounding-for-Filipinos “TT”, feels all over the place despite being written by the same people behind their first two (smash) singles. (Okay, there’s “Next Page”, but it feels like an oasis after the five tracks that preceded it.) All I’m saying is, we need a break from Twice – and Twice needs a break from all this. For their own good. Their following may be big, but they’re hitting diminishing returns this early. [NB]3/5

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