As the wait for a full f(x) comeback enters its fourth calendar year, each and every move by its members attracts interest from fans. However, most of the f(x)-related solo material has felt pretty un-f(x) in sound, which only seems to exacerbate listeners’ impatience. Luna offered a spark of similar energy with 2016’s Free Somebody, which harnessed a 90’s house style just as the trend was getting started. In contrast, new single Even So (운다고) slows things down for a moodier aesthetic that showcases her voice.
Honestly, this is not a pop genre I’m incredibly fond of — especially without a dynamite melody to support it. The languid, dreamlike pace ensures that Even So wafts in comfortably without leaving much of an impact. The song is too lively to be a ballad, but too intangible to be a convincing dance track. There’s a bit of groove to the instrumental, highlighted by a dose of disco guitar that helps the chorus shine. Otherwise, Even So’s muted texture mostly remains in the background.
Luna’s vocals are reliably assured, but there isn’t much for her to do here. Nearly the entire track is performed in an airy style, matching the ephemeral quality of the production. This certainly conjures the desired mood, but at the expense of memorable, exciting melodic construction. Songs like this are often described as “perfect for winter,” but I want to push back on that idea. Winter is already cold and dark and dreary. I understand listeners who want something undemanding and comfortable to curl up with, but I’d rather have a dynamic track — ballad or not — to lift me out of the seasonal doldrums.
This is her self-composed song, with the focus supposed to be on the lyrics and message of carrying on through ones struggles. Because of this, an uptempo, bombastic style simply wouldn’t suit the song. I would encourage reading the lyrics; they’re very touching and make the song more impactful. Also I don’t think a power vocal moment would work well with the vibe either, though I could understand why one would want to hear that from Luna, who is most likely the best active girl group vocalist in terms of technical prowess. Personally, I’m very proud of her for showing us that she’s not only a performer, but also an artist with a worthwhile message to share.
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Totally valid. I freely admit a certain amount of bias against lyrical songs like this, since I’m not a native Korean speaker. It’s something I love about K-pop (I can’t stand cliche English-language pop lyrics), but it definitely hinders my ability to connect with songs of this nature.
I rarely look up translations and almost never factor them into my reviews. I realize that in a way this is unfair and handicaps more laid-back material, but I try to keep this criteria the same across the board.
I agree that bombastic production and vocal flourishes probably wouldn’t fit a song like this. I just wish the composition felt more dynamic — even in a subtle way.
Thanks for taking the time to comment!
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