SB Mid-Year Review, 2016: Comeback ComeuppanceWritten by way of Lo On June 11, 20162016 has been a fascinating year for the K-pop world. There is exchangeat the wind: more recentteams usurping their seniors, song diversifying in unforeseen ways, novicesorganising their own sounds. The landscape is shifting, and the flavor of time is on everyones tongue, and nowhere is that clearer than in the maximum productive comebacks of the year, that areruled by newer acts.
Comebacks are tricky things to evaluate. They are the culmination of all of the pieces the song, the MV, the album, the are living stages, the dance yetthe actual strength of a comeback lies in the sensation that I wish torevel in this, or I canremorseful about it, and Twice nailed that with Cheer Up.
The MV is a bright, satirical love letter to cinema that simultaneously flaunts each and everyindividuals charms. The high-energy cheerleader choreography furthered Twices symbol of quirky sweethearts; anything cemented by Sanas shashasha achieving meme status. Cheer Up proved Two times has what it takes to hold on beyond their explosive debut. Theyd most probably existupper on the list if I didnt loathe Cheer Up the song with each fiber of my being.
Perhaps, though, youre more interested by the substance than the style. In that case, I provide AkMu. Re-Bye and How Other peopleCross were hugelyother perspectives on life. How People Flow is embroiled in the childlike wonder of the mundane, a focal point on the tiny main points of something so recurring equally human movement, whilst Re-bye is a kiss-off tinged with maturity, a removal of a poisonousimpression alongside flair. The MVs for either are brilliant; bright, stylized, and slick. The toy wonderland complements the whimsical magic of the way People Move, while the noir mystery melds flawlessly with the jazz edge of Re-Bye. However, their disparate tracks were up to nowaside in their adulthooddegrees that it brought down AkMus comeback as a whole, giving them an risky image.
Winner made their first comeback this year as well, with the somber InfantChild and sardonic Sentimental. Like AkMu, the MVs were flawless suits to their music. Baby Baby resonates loneliness, revealing just how lonely it's miles in the spotlight, placing their wounds on complete display, while Sentimental took a more cheeky, pastel direction to expressing Winners isolation. But what landed them at the number 3 slot used to be Exit:E, a remarkably robust mini that may beappearing up on other mid-year lists. The motif of loneliness resonates throughout the album by manner of a rock lens, each one track bringing a new standpoint to that same topic. Tracks like Sentimental and Immature revel in it, while Pricked and Im Young bring a more somber taste. Someone whos ever felt on my own sackto find a kindred spirit via Winner.
While Winner inspired through their serious glance at life, Mamamoo impressed through their sense of amusing and irreverence in opposition toanything else weighty. Their first album, Melting, is filled with silly, breezy songs like 1cm (Taller Than You),Funky Boy, and Recipe, all in Mamamoos signature taste of retro-pop paired with extra special vocals. Yet what in point of fact clinched their positionin this list turned into their live performances of Youre The Best. Many groups thrive on either functionality or technique; placingthe trouble to master showmanship or vocal techniques. Twice and AkMu are performers and technicians, respectively. Mamamoo is both, in spades. On every occasion they took to the stage, they wowed the target audience with their air of secrecy and vocal chops, paired with never-ending energy.
So, who had what it takes to protected our #1 spot? The correct mix of music, choreography, performance skills, and music videos? BTS, thats who. Yes, the number-one slot went to the crowd who got here back with a remix album and who only promoted for a week, because they were just that good.
Fire, Young Forever, and Save Me melded seamlessly into the existing tracks on The Most pretty Moment In Life, and the remixed tracks were treated brilliantly. The song order and remixes were done with admire to the originals, yet breathed new existence into the tracks. This was a assignment that was undertaken with utmost care by BTS and it shows. The hot tracks don't appear to be rehashing in their already existing songs, but songs that select up and additional the confusion, depression, and exuberance. The MVs for all three new songs were made with just as much effort and willpower read as symbolic what-the-fuckery as Run and I want U. BTS didnt just come back, they issued an unstatedsituation to each person else in the K-pop world: here is what we do for a week-long promotion. What are you in a position to make for a month?
What comebacks were your favorites? Did I lose my marbles with this list? Leave your mind on 2016s best comebacks in the comments!
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