For a group with so many members, Seventeen have done a nice job getting their individual voices into the spotlight. Many of the guys have already made solo debuts, though few of these have been paired with the relentless promo typically tied to K-pop comebacks. The seemingly free-spirited nature of these releases makes them feel more like tracks on a mixtape – a way to stretch and deepen the group’s sound without consuming too many resources.
I first became interested in Jun’s voice years ago when he participated in the 2018 Chinese collaboration series Chao Yin Zhan Ji. If you can track down the subtitled version of this show, I highly recommend it. It’s also where I fell in love with Wu Jiacheng’s vocals and overall stage presence. Jun has a higher-pitched tone than most idol singers and this unique feature can be wielded in very compelling ways. There’s not much of it to be found on his solo single Limbo, but the track leaves plenty of room to strut his stuff as a performer.
Yep, this is definitely a performance piece. That’s to be expected, and Limbo does a nice job moving from its moody verses to the distorted drama of its chorus. The song is at its best when it goes for the jugular. Adding rock guitar was a smart choice and gives Limbo the kind of memorable centerpiece it needs. The melody is less effective, but that’s clearly not its main focus. Instead, we get a cool series of spoken-word asides and a demonic segue into Limbo’s fire-and-brimstone hook. I’m not sure how often I’ll return to the track without its accompanying visuals, but it’s another reminder of the deep bench of talent that makes up Seventeen.