Song Review: Yoona – Summer Night (ft. 20 Years of Age)

How to review a song like Summer Night (여름밤)? I deliberately steer away from this kind of subdued acoustic-pop because there’s just not much to write about it. Yes, this is a song. Yes, it has some vocals and a melody and even some instruments. And yet, I come away from Yoona’s new single feeling absolutely nothing.

To be fair, none of Yoona’s solo work has interested me. She’s part of one of K-pop’s most iconic groups (Girls’ Generation), but without the high-octane, sugar-coated pop we’re used to, her music is just another example of sound-alike coffee-shop fare. Paired with male soloist 20 Years of Age (for added indie cred!), Yoona offers a pleasant, toe-tapping performance that sets its ambitions low. She has an enjoyably light tone, which matches Summer Night’s gentle instrumental. But without any aim beyond innocuous warbling, there’s little to keep listeners coming back.

During the summer of 2014, After School’s Raina and rapper San E scored a major hit in Korea with the song A Midsummer Night’s Sweetness. Summer Night reminds me of that track, giving off the same hushed, campfire-at-sunset vibe. The difference here is in the melody and execution. Night never finds an addictive hook, centering instead around an airy refrain that feels ripped from so many other tracks of this nature. And while the feature from 20 Years of Age is welcome (and the two sound great together), more playful interplay between their voices would have made for a potentially engaging arrangement.

 Hooks 6
 Production 6
 Longevity 7
 Bias 6
 RATING 6.25


6 thoughts on “Song Review: Yoona – Summer Night (ft. 20 Years of Age)

    • That’s a pretty good job in my book, because the second I realized what kind of song this was going to be (after listening to five seconds of the chorus) I clicked off. And I really like Yoona, too.

      I’m a sucker for key changes at the chorus, but even that couldn’t keep my attention on this one.


  1. I can’t listen to this song because it sounds like the one that was playing in an elevator that I was stuck in with a flatulent co-worker. {true story} #thehorrorisreal


  2. this sucks balls but i dont understand why you didnt like the previous two yoona singles, when the wind blows and to you. they’re actually pretty fine ballads and have really beautiful instrumentals unlike this one which is probably the most generic bullshit i’ve heard in a while


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