If there’s any male group that deserves a full-fledged comeback, it’s got to be ZE:A. They’ve never been able to totally break into the a-list as a unit, despite a highly underrated discography and some very notable members. And now that their cohesion as a group seems to be somewhat fractured, it looks like we’ll have to make do with a new track from their Japanese sub-unit, which itself is down to three members currently.
ZE:A J’s last few singles were pretty forgettable, but Just Tonight has some bite to it. The strumming acoustic rhythm guitar recalls Justin Timberlake’s solo debut, and that acts as a pretty accurate representation of the era the guys are mining here. Parts of the track feel hopelessly uncool and dated, but ZE:A itself has always been a little on the cheesy side. Importantly, though, the song floats by on a catchy (if simple) pop melody. While the verses don’t leave much of an impact, the smooth, two-pronged chorus is a winner. Its irresistible “ooh, I’m sorry” refrain quickly becomes the track’s hallmark, lingering in the listener’s mind long after Just Tonight is finished.
What ultimately holds the song back is its generic, workmanlike approach. While it hits all the right notes, it feels like it could have been performed by just about any Korean boy group and come out sounding pretty much the same. ZE:A was never a group with one identifiable sound (which is probably one reason why they’ve struggled), but sub-units should be used to narrow in on something unique that the group as a whole is unable to do. Just Tonight is a fun piece of pop, and definitely enjoyable, but I don’t think anyone would call it unique.