To this day, my absolute favorite NCT track remains 2016’s Without You. That song spotlighted vocalists Doyoung, Taeil and Jaehyun without resorting to the kind of piano ballad usually reserved for vocal-driven tracks. In my mind, there are far more interesting ways to showcase your vocalists than a traditional ballad. Anthemic synth-rock is only one of many, and I wish that SM Entertainment would give NCT’s vocal line a track as powerful as its more performance-oriented efforts.
With that said, From Home is a fine ballad. It has a supremely nostalgic appeal, drawing sentiment from its warm melody and beautiful vocal performance. This is a ballad with a beat, underlined by percussion that gives it a satisfying drive. Performed in four languages, the music video version also does a nice job spotlighting NCT’s global appeal. This configuration of members (Taeil, Yuta, Kun, Doyoung, Renjun, Haechan and Chenle) straddles all three main NCT units, but you wouldn’t know it from their tight vocal blend. The seven members unite as one seasoned group as we move into From Home’s chorus.
Though this track will have trouble competing with NCT’s more bombastic offerings, its chorus is no slouch. Its melody has a great build, climaxing in a gorgeous high note that brings a sense of energy to a song that might otherwise feel a bit maudlin. If I had it my way, From Home would become even more grand during its finale – backing choir and all. But, I understand why the producers opted to give the track a more personal feel. Given this, I’m not sure how well From Home functions as a single. But, it’s a satisfying capper on NCT’s otherwise beat-heavy Resonance album.