N.Flying have had an atypical breakthrough ever since last year’s Rooftop. Though none of their follow-up material has yet to match the ubiquity of that track, they’re not a one-hit wonder either. Their albums sell well enough, and a number of variety show appearances have helped keep their name in the conversation. Like Rooftop, digital single Starlight was composed by the group’s leader Lee Seunghyub, and draws upon the same general vibe.
The addition of marimba gives Starlight a bit of summer appeal, but when it comes down to it this is N.Flying by the numbers. Those who loved Rooftop will enjoy Starlight too – especially its driving chorus, which layers the guys’ vocals for a guitar-heavy peak. I find these kind of choruses to be a little too melodically predictable and repetitive, but there’s no denying that N.Flying conjure a pleasant sound. As usual, much of that is thanks to lead vocal Hweseung, who has really become one of the most indispensable voices in this generation of K-pop.
Amidst all of the vocal bombast, I’m quite partial to Seunghyub’s rap during the verses. I’ve always found him an appealing rapper, and that was one of the group’s biggest draws before Hweseung joined. With Starlight, the rhythmic flow of the verses offers a nice contrast to the more tightly-structured chorus. Starlight offers a pleasant sense of catharsis that’s well-timed to this moment in our world, especially as it climaxes in a killer power note, supported by anthemic electric guitar. It’s far from their most memorable work, but N.Flying rarely disappoint.
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