Seventeen are back with a repackage of their first studio album. This April’s Pretty U grew on me immensely, becoming more addictive with each play. New single Very Nice (아주 NICE) is the exact opposite, offering an instant burst of funk-inspired pop magic. It’s yet another step in this group’s unstoppable rise to the top.
Like their past singles, Very Nice was co-composed by genius member Woozi. Over four promotional tracks, he’s proven his incredible versatility. From Adore U to Mansae to Pretty U to Very Nice, the music has an obvious through-line but feels diverse and exciting, rather than a series of retreads. The one constant is Woozi’s uncanny ability to mix pure pop songcraft with intricate, ever-morphing clusters of hooks. Very Nice‘s central refrain is simple enough, recalling Uptown Funk with its instrumental centerpiece. It’s also incredibly effective and rousing. But the verses that surround it are even more interesting, incorporating melody and rap in a way that feels constantly in flux — always new and alive as it shifts between styles. I’m sure it’s not easy to arrange a track for thirteen members, but it’s pulled off here in stunning fashion.
Perhaps just as importantly, Very Nice maintains a deliriously high energy throughout its entire running time. From the very beginning, the track pulses forward with an addictive, go-for-broke beat. There’s no playing around — it’s straight to the hooks from the first seconds. The production is impeccable throughout, incorporating a robust instrumental that feels anything but canned. I especially love the subtle string section that underlines the middle eight, giving added heft to what could easily come off lightweight and gimmicky. It’s an absolute firecracker of a song, and once again marks Seventeen as one of k-pop’s most exciting rookie groups.