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NCT DREAM×HRVY – Don’t Need Your Love September 12, 2019

Filed under: NCT — solarblade @ 4:59 am

dontneedyourlove

Track Listing

  1. Don’t Need Your Love
  2. Don’t Need Your Love (Inst.)

1. Don’t Need Your Love

I wasn’t expecting a collaboration for the group’s 3rd SM Station song, but hey anything is possible these days eh?  This time, they’ve chosen HRVY who as far as I know is pretty popular out in the UK.  Though knowing previous efforts with collaborations in Kpop, I was expecting much, but for some reason HRVY really slid smoothly alongside the group and his singing REALLY worked!  The rest of the group handled it well too with Renjun, Chenle, and Jisung singing while Jeno & Jaemin doing the raps (Haechan was too busy promoting with NCT 127 to be a part of this).  Honestly, this song is amazing for the group and would love to see HRVY collaborate with them (hell, the fact that PV made him actually feel part of the group is so cool!).

 

 

NCT DREAM’s 3rd SM Station single was a complete winner here.  I mean it is the first release without Mark and shame that Haechan had to miss it, but this might be one of NCT DREAM’s best songs currently because of how smooth yet teen bop it is.  HRVY was also a great addition as his English lyrics just suited alongside the Korean ones too.  Could we have him join NCT?

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NCT DREAM – Candle Light

Filed under: NCT — solarblade @ 4:35 am

candlelight

Track Listing

  1. Candle Light
  2. Candle Light (Inst.)

1. Candle Light

Did NCT 127 give up one of their R&B ballads to NCT DREAM for their 2nd SM Station song?  I mean for some reason I kind of like the sincerity of the song a lot and when it opens with Mark, Jisung, and then Chenle singing, that’s got to mean something right?  It’s such a laidback and relaxing tune for the group and the line distribution was a bit more interesting than in “JOY”.  That being said, Mark has a rap in the bridge and its mostly because this was his final song with the group before he graduated out.  One of the more underrated songs from the group to be honest.

 

 

SM really did nicely by this song.  Being that this is Mark’s farewell song, Candle Light was soft and soothing which is a surprise after the hectic sounds of both “GO” and “We Go Up” so this was a nice breakaway for a bit.

 

NCT DREAM – JOY

Filed under: NCT — solarblade @ 4:23 am

joy

Track Listing

  1. JOY
  2. JOY (Inst.)

1. JOY

I kind of figured that NCT DREAM would be the unit from the NCT umbrella to be thrown SM Station songs and considering it was the Christmas season, JOY just makes a LOT of sense for them.  If it wasn’t apparent from the start and when Haechan starts the verses, JOY is essentially their cut of the classic, “Joy to the World” and later on, “Jingle Bells”.  Granted, it’s really only Haechan, Renjun, Chenle, and Mark as Jeno & Jisung gets like a small part towards the end.  It’s not bad, but rapping in Christmas-themed songs never work and Mark’s is pretty awkward here.

 

 

Released around the time after “My First and Last” happened, JOY was the first SM Station NCT DREAM was involved in and it’s kind of a throwaway song for me.  I will say that Haechan, Renjun, Chenle did a pretty good job singing, but everything else was just a mess.  Oh well.