Song Review: Ong Seungwu – We Belong

Despite garnering huge success as part of idol group Wanna One, Ong Seungwu’s post-disbandment activities have focused more strongly on acting than music. His solo work has been limited to a fun (but forgettable) summer single and an OST for his drama At Eighteen. He’s yet to actively promote a song on music shows, and I’m assuming that pattern will remain for new single We Belong.

Because of this lack of active promotion, Seungwu’s music tends to feel more like a side project than his main focus. Even We Belong, which is dubbed his first digital single, comes across as a bit inconsequential. It’s a nice, clean little pop song, which is both a compliment and a critique. On the plus side, the straightforward structure and crisp, easily-memorable melody works to the track’s advantage. Its guitar-plucked groove is not ambitious, but every other production element supports it well, resulting in a finished product that feels cohesive and pleasant.

On the other hand, there’s only so high that a “nice, clean little pop song” can aim. We Belong will offend no one, but I doubt it’ll exhilarate many listeners either. Seungwu has a natural charm that goes a long way towards making the track work, and I’m happy to see that he’s listed as a co-writer. His vocals sound stronger than I’ve ever heard them, and We Belong’s simple chorus gives him a chance to belt powerfully without overextending himself. Yet, when the song is over there isn’t anything pulling me back for a repeat listen. I bopped my head, I tapped my toe, and then I was done. That’s hardly a resounding recommendation, but there are certainly worse time-fillers out there.

 Hooks 8
 Production 8
 Longevity 7
 Bias 7

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2 thoughts on “Song Review: Ong Seungwu – We Belong

  1. It’s ok. Basic pop song.

    But Pat Benatar did it better
    We belong to the light, we belong to the thunder
    We belong to the sound of the words we’ve both fallen under


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