- Quiet Down
- 7 Days
- Love Again
- Puzzle Piece
It feels like it’s been forever since “BOOM” so I was excited to see NCT DREAM return and it seems we’re back to something a bit more harder for the group, kind of feeling like “GO” without the pure aggression it had. There’s some really neat parts especially with Jaemin kicking things off and hearing all the remaining members doing their thing that they’ve been pulling off since the last couple of releases. Not bad at all and I was still pretty impressed overall that’s for sure!
2. Quiet Down
I actually was more interested in hearing Quiet Down, though it’s still pretty much in the same cool vein that “Ridin'” had which is neat. Though this one has a bit more interesting dynamics and overall sound like Chenle singing low lines and Renjun rapping in the second verse. I mean still, Jeno and Jaemin still own the raps, but I was just overall surprised in these switch-ups. I’d even argue that it’s better than the leading track to be quite honest!
3. 7 Days
Though the remainder of the mini-album has the group take on more lighter arrangements starting with 7 Days which takes the group into an R&B sound (something that NCT 127 has done a lot of from their latest album). Though I’m already more interested in the song because of the younger vocals and the harmonies are sweet to hear. I do enjoy the arrangement of the song a lot, but I don’t think I’ll be able to remember the melody much except for its chorus which is pleasant!
4. Love Again
Oh do I like Haechan opening the next song Love Again a lot. I mean the song screams like 90’s boy band style here with the vocals chops and the chanting alongside in the verses. Yeah, once the chorus hits, it heavily starts to feel nostalgic to the kid in me back in the 90s and I kind of love the New Jack Swing groove from it. Nice little tune here and did pretty well!
5. Puzzle Piece
Ending the mini, we have the ballad of the release in Puzzle Piece and it’s pretty much your cute love song from the group. I do like the stripped down feel of the song mostly surrounded by acoustic guitar which is interesting for the group as they haven’t tackled something like this. It’s pretty intimate and soft-spoken and that was nice to see from them.
I was wondering where NCT DREAM was after last year’s “We Boom” and they returned with another great mini-album here. I think 4 out of the 5 songs were really good tracks and showed the group growing more. I think 7 Days is the weakest to me because it feels like other NCT songs out there. I think this group of 6 is continuing to be awesome…
would be the thing I’d say if they didn’t announce a couple days prior that NCT DREAM’s graduation concept is being dropped entirely, Mark is returning to the group, and from the sound of it will act like NCT U (which makes me wonder how active they’ll be moving forward because NCT U is barely kicking right now).