- My First and Last
- Zuìhòu de Chūliàn
- Dunk Shot
- Chewing Gum
1. My First and Last
After their rather startlingly, sugary debut, I was hoping NCT DREAM would maybe move a little away and ironically they actually did with their 2nd song. Already, the group sounds somewhat more deeper (with the exception of Haechan, who just has a higher register) and we have Mark singing too! Renjun & Chenle seemed to have stepped up vocally while Jisung is somehow rapping and has somewhat silkier vocals than most of the group? There’s a line for Jeno too, but he’s not quite up in the front…OH YEAH…due to an injury, Jaemin wasn’t a part of this comeback sadly. Still, the song is cute done right and definitely pulled me into them better than “Chewing Gun” did.
2. Zuìhòu de Chūliàn
What’s there to say, it’s My First and Last in Chinese…no changes to the arrangement, its just a simple language switchover and once again reminds me how young they are and yet how quickly they suited a different language (I mean Renjun & Chenle aside), its impressive!
3. Dunk Shot
Is this considered a B-side then? Either way, Mark once again actually sings first and its strange how good he sings outside of rapping! I would say this song kind of reminds me of “We Young” (their next comeback), but the song after the verses turns into this interesting pop/rockfish track that’s kind of very bubblegum, but somewhat sticks to a similar style like “My First and Last”. Though the gibberish in that chorus is bizarre to me xD…wth. Jeno and Jisung don’t even get lines which is surprising…but this song is ehhh…
4. Chewing Gum
I know it hasn’t been too long since I’ve reviewed this, but it is on the single, so I suppose I have to tackle it right? Nothings changed at all since the digital single review of their debut other than it’s the only place where Jaemin is heard so I guess that’s a thing. While I do think the comeback is better, Chewing Gum can become an earworm if you let it due to its crazy upbeat nature and catchy hooks.
Yup and its Chinese version which I suppose makes sense since “My First and Last had its Chinese cut included, but likewise, nothing special was done besides lyrical shifts.
So we get to NCT DREAM’s first single but also first comeback with My First and Last and overall its an alright release if you just focus on the 3 main tracks. I was pleasantly surprised to hear the group handle cute a lot better than their debut and also included that here. Dunk Shot is kind of a misnomer for me…it’s there but I’m not quite sure why. Sad to see Jaemin injured and missing out after debut, but here’s hoping he gets better. Curious to see what’s next for the group…