When Lovelyz went on indefinite hiatus last year, all members except leader Babysoul went their separate ways. She – now going by her given name Lee Sujeong – elected to stay with Woollim Entertainment as a soloist. Never mind the agency’s uneven reputation when it comes to their senior artists. But, just months after splitting from the group, Sujeong has released her debut mini album. Even by Woollim’s standards, the promotion around this release has been hushed.
Given Sujeong’s past work, I’d expected to hear a ballad. Walking Through The Moon (달을 걸어서) is more upbeat, which makes me wonder if the song was originally meant for a Lovelyz album. Its modern sound feels like a natural evolution from their 2020 single Obliviate. Lee Sujeong has proven herself adept as both a vocalist and rapper, and that skill is evident on this track. She has a great pop voice and imbues Walking Through The Moon with enough personality to make it pop. Unfortunately, the song itself is K-pop-by-the-numbers, predictable from the first to last note.
The track hinges on a familiar set of instrumentation. It’s vaguely tropical, but not enough to maintain a perspective of its own. The percussion feels ripped from any number of songs over the past several years, bounding forward without much character. We even get a tempo shift halfway through. The melody is catchy but safe. It gets the job done, but doesn’t push itself further. The one exception is a cool guitar solo at Walking Through The Moon’s finale. This injects a new texture that elevates the energy. It makes me wonder what Sujeong could do over more dynamic production.
I keep waiting for the song to kick in. Oh wait, that was the song. The Oh na na na hook just isn’t strong enough to carry this. The producers did their best to beef it up by adding in crafted harmonies, but they put them on almost every single line, so it gets so repetitive.
Even 7.0 for me.
I agree with you. I think the title song doesn’t match with her potential talent, so it is so sad to me as her fan. Anyway I strongly recommend you listen her b-sides in this album. Especially I think “Mirror” is the best K-pop song in this year!
The problem with kpop groups splitting up (besides all the obvious ones) is that when the members go off to do their own solo thing, we start to get a severe lack of quality control and flooding the market and all the more reasons why they were in a group to begin. Given that this song sounds like all the crap album filler ballads Lovelyz was given before and Babysoul is still at Woollim, I’m not sure how much of that applies but I’m still going to mainline Ah Choo into my brain and forget this exists.
My latest quip about Woollim is that they have been spelling their own company’s name wrong on their Spotify trademarks. “Wollim Entertainment” is funnier to me than it should be.
Okay, who thought this was Ryu Sejeong when they read the title?
Also, didn’t Lovelyz disband, not enter indefinite hiatus?
Hmm… wikipedia says “indefinite hiatus,” but I probably shouldn’t be trusting wikipedia…
These days, I feel like it’s becoming more common to call disbandments “indefinite hiatus” instead. It’s so wonderfully nebulous!
This article has a translated statement, so you could now see what Woolim says. It is kind of vague, but it is quite clearly about the group’s disbandment.
Is it bad that after watching this the only impression that I’ve got is how much better she looks without bangs?
Hi Nick. I’m curious, will you review Scorpio by Sorn? I’d like to read your thoughts about it too!