“왜 자꾸 그녀만 맴도나요 달처럼 그대를 도는 내가 있는데?”

“Destiny” by Lovelyz | To borrow an oft-used term in these circles, I slept on “Destiny”. I definitely slept on “Destiny”. This song was released almost fourteen months ago and the first time I chanced upon it I just brushed it through. Now I play this constantly, relatively. Lovelyz is one of those girl groups that appear in many places but aren’t quite hitting their peak yet. The specialty, as expected from members their age, is cute and innocent, but this song somehow feels much more… essential. (I’d use “gravitas” but the song does use gravitational orbit as a theme, so no.) I can imagine them taking the place of APink someday: their seat of purity, slowly evolving to maturity; their vocalists, quietly powerful. (If you’re stuck with comparisons between Kei and Eunji, you must listen to this song on repeat, too.) That is, if they play their cards right. [NB]

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Review: R U Ready? by Lovelyz

R U Ready? by LovelyzLoud and bold, the cover is a delicious mix of gamboge and fuchsia. You’d think Lovelyz would give you shockingly bubblegum tracks in this latest release, now that they’d fallen victim to the trendy Twice aesthetic (for lack of a better term), but no. Save for the intro track, the album starts with the single “WoW!”, which touches on the sounds of today (you know, aegyo and bubblegum and all that) while trying to stay true to the Lovelyz brand. Quite ambitious, actually. I am constantly reminded of a verse from SNSD’s “I Got A Boy” and their previous release “Destiny” while listening to it, which isn’t a bad thing. I just get weirded out, I guess. The album goes on softly and quietly – decrescendo. It’s something you can listen to periodically throughout the day. Heck, it’s an actual day-to-night album. “Night and Day”, “Cameo” and “Knock Knock” (yes they also have a “Knock Knock”!) are some of the exceptional tracks, with the first being my favorite of the bunch. I love how it quietly dies down with “나의 연인” to, like, lull you to sleep. Like I said, a day-to-night album. [SY]4/5