We now turn towards a solo comeback. Jung Daehyun made his official solo debut earlier this year with a ballad (You’re My). I call this a typical move for the main vocalists for groups. So it is always interesting to see solo acts to change their tracks with their next release. This is the case for Jung Daehyun who returned with Aight yesterday. Daehyun also recently signed with STX Lionheart to be his managing company.
It is a complete turn around for Jung Daehyun, who hasn’t done a really upbeat dance track in his solo career thus far. While he has done R&B before, the retro influence that is brought to Aight makes it different. The funky and grooviness was a strong element that made the song feel fun and enjoyable. I also like the huskiness his voice brings to the three-minute long track, bringing back the memories of his voice during B.A.P’s heyday. Notably, however, he kept to a neutral mode, which I think made the appeal much stronger. It works in this case, which is a rare occurrence (as you never want anything to be neutral). There was some rapping in the song, which I thought was so-so. However, I wish the fun element extended the song further as I felt that all the neutral nature of the song to be very constrictive, given Daehyun’s known talents. I wanted a drop, I wanted dance break with a strong instrumental. I wanted something more to strength and deliver a punching impact. It is a great track. But it needed something more.
Even though Daehyun is returning under an unknown company, he had a pretty decent budget for this comeback. We saw a pretty low-quality music video for You’re My. Aight actually looked very futuristic and abstract given the different structures and sets featured in the music video. It is a really cool looking video. I really like the use of green and red in the video. I noticed a pattern with the editing in this video, with one longer-duration shot and then a burst of three very quick frames. Usually, I would complain that things moved a little too quickly based on this. But I thought it looked unique (though I am sure this technique has been used before in other videos).
I thought the choreography for this comeback was actually decent. Though Daehyun does focus on the live aspect of the performance, he does participate in the performance with small movements. The actual dance actually allowed the solo act to sing at the same time, which benefited the overall stage. There was also a classy vibe to it, especially during the ‘Attention’ parts of the choreography and the end.
Song – 7.5/10
Music Video – 9/10
Performance – 8/10
Overall Rating – 8.1/10
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