[Single] KNK – Lonely Night

Lonely Night is the third single released by KNK. It is their first release since the departure of Youjin and the addition of Dongwon as well as the group’s move to a new label.


Released: January 7, 2019
1. Lonely Night
2. What Do You Think? (무슨 생각해)
3. Day By Day

Lonely Night takes after the group’s last few releases with its moodier sound. I actually really like the verses with the talk-singing as I find it works really nicely with the light trap-like beat. When it starts to get into the vocal parts, it sort of loses its edge and brings us back to the vibe of “Rain”, but I find this one to much stronger. The hook is focused on the title and it can get a bit overbearing at times, but the impact is lessened with the lighter touches of melody that swoop in between its gaps. It’s not their strongest title track, but it’s a decent comeback for sure.


I like that What Do You Think? continues the moodier vibe and it’s a good follow-up to the last song. It has the lighter and more relaxing R&B sound, which is heard pretty often nowadays in K-Pop. These songs can get a bit boring, but this is a pretty solid delivery. The music has a bit of push to it so it doesn’t just leave things too lulling and the boys all sound nice.

Day By Day sounds like a mix of the first two songs. It doesn’t quite have the same energy as Lonely Night, but it still has more punch to its music. What makes the song stand out is that lovely piano riff that underlies throughout the song. It’s quite beautiful. The melody is more interesting than the last song, but the hooks aren’t as catchy as I would hope. With all that said, it totally reminds me of “Rain” that it almost feels like a rehash.

Overall: This is another solid release by the guys. I like that it is cohesive and follows the sound that they had been developing since 2017. I do wish there was a stand-out song though as all three are sort of lacking in some areas and aren’t the types that would make me return to them that often.


[Digital Single] KNK – Closer

Closer is the second digital single released by KNK. It was their last release before the departure of member Youjin and the group’s leave from their label.


Released: April 28, 2018
1. Closer (한 끗 차이)
2. Closer (instrumental)

Closer is sung by the group’s vocal line consisting of members Inseong, Jihun and Heejun. As expected, this song a ballad and sounds like something that would work nicely as an OST. Unfortunately, for that same reason, the song is sort of lacking in some areas. It has a really beautiful piano foundation and the song gains energy as it goes on, but the melody seems a bit dragged out and doesn’t quite have the biggest impact. I think it would have been better with a fuller arrangement.

Overall: This is a decent ballad and it’s not bad, just that it could be better than it is. It really sounds like the kind of ballad from a group that doesn’t quite have the biggest budget as while it is beautiful, it just doesn’t quite hit the punch with its music. The guys do sound great though.


[Repackaged] KNK – GRAVITY, Completed

GRAVITY, Completed is the repackaged mini-album of the group’s second single, GRAVITY. It includes three new songs, with Rain being used as the promotional song.

Released: July 20, 2017
1. Rain (비)
2. Good Night (이 밤이 지나면)
3. Feel So Good
4. Think About You
5. Very Pretty (너무 예뻐)
6. Sun, Moon, Star (해, 달, 별)

Rain continues sort of blends the laid-back midtempo style of Sun, Moon, Star with the drama of their more upbeat tunes. It has an interesting arrangement with the touches of saxophone and gentle piano foundation. I quite like this song and I do find it more appealing than their last promo song just because it is more dramatic while still providing a catchy melody. It’s not their strongest tune, but it is a solid song.

Good Night is a change as we are given something a bit more lighthearted. I do like how it starts and I quite like the midtempo sound of the music and the more touching take on the guys’ delivery. With that said, I do wish the chorus pushed things a little more because it definitely needs a catchier chorus to take it to the next level and it just ends up a bit forgettable.

Feel So Good is the upbeat song of the repackaged mini and it’s a weird combination of styles. I don’t quite like the music because everything just sounds too cluttered and all over the place. It’s a bit unfortunate because I think if it went something more streamlined tropical house, then I think the melody could have actually let out its potential. The messy arrangement covers the hooks of the melody.

Overall: The newer songs on this repackaged mini weren’t that bad, but it felt similar to the original single in the sense that two songs were decent and one was weaker. It didn’t really wow me and there was nothing like Back Again or U, but the promo was still a nice listen.


[Single] KNK – GRAVITY

GRAVITY is the second single released by KNK. Sun, Moon, Star was used as the promo song.

Released: May 25, 2017
1. Think About You
2. Very Pretty (너무 예뻐)
3. Sun, Moon, Star (해, 달, 별)
4. Sun, Moon, Star (Instrumental)

The single opens with Think About You, which is a laid-back pop/R&B intro. It’s the type of song that you would hear in the coffee shop. I quite like the music here because of the piano and touches of funky guitar. It’s a decent opener, but not that memorable.

Very Pretty is a nice change as it is something more upbeat and exciting with its tropical house sound. I think the verses are a bit awkward with the very fast-paced delivery. Luckily, the chorus is a bit better. The hook is quite strong and I like that the chorus doesn’t just give a drop and leave it up to the music to do the work. The melody is catchy and I like that it has a more intense quality to it. Decent tune.

Sun, Moon, Star is quite different because we are given something that’s a little more laid back. It has a stronger R&B sound to it and reminds of some older K-Pop songs. I wasn’t into the song that much at first, but it has definitely grown on me more. The melody is catchier than the last tune, but I feel like the overall delivery of the song isn’t as impacting. It’s still a good track and the guys sound great.

Overall: This was a decent single. I think the intro was the weakest part of it, while the two full songs were actually quite good. Each brought something a little different but they were still pulled off quite well. It’s not KNK’s most memorable release, but it’s a solid single.


[Mini-Album] KNK – REMAIN

REMAIN is the second mini-album released by KNK. U was used as the promotional track.

Released: November 17, 2016
1. Stay
2. U
3. Beauty (아름다워)
4. I Know (웃어줄래)
5. Goodbye (괜찮은가봐)
6. Tonight

The mini opens with Stay, a dramatic and haunting opener. I actually wish it was longer because the verse and chorus would have been excellent in a full song mode. Actually, I think it has capabilities to be a single. It’s unfortunate that it ends so early.

U continues the dark sound and is a nice follow-up to their last promo track, Back Again. I actually love U more because it keeps that more melodic pop sound but adds a really catchy “U, U, U” hook into the second half of the chorus. The blast of synths and funky beat really help to keep the song progressing, but it’s that hook that really helps the song have a stand out part. Great.

Beauty is another upbeat song, but has some bright 80’s funk elements to it. The one thing I do find distracting is the odd beat because it is a bit odd and scratchy sounding. The rest of the song is great though as the light synths and subtle bass really helps give some punch to the song. The melody is quite catchy, although I wouldn’t say it’s as catchy as the last song. The second half of the chorus is certainly more memorable and the repetitive hook is nicely placed.

I Know slows things down and gives us a midtempo R&B ballad. I don’t think it’s really memorable, but it’s still a solid tune. I do find the verses a bit dull as they sort of drag a long. The chorus is a bit better and reminds me a bit of something BIG BANG would do. It’s not the most explosive song, but it doesn’t detract from the album’s quality.

Goodbye is more along the lines of pop. It has a nice guitar backing, but this is the type of song I’m not totally into. Considering the title, it comes off as rather bright and uplifting. However, the melody just isn’t that memorable. It’s a sweet tune, but could really use a bit more energy in the chorus.

Tonight finishes the album on an upbeat note and I absolute love the disco/funk vibe of the song. This is certainly KNK’s fastest song and its a really nice change of pace from their usual sound. The verses are fun and do well do build up to that explosive dance/pop chorus. I do wish the chorus had something a bit more memorable, but the rap really helps bring the needed energy.

Overall: This mini was quite good and much better than their first one. The upbeat songs were all really good and help to bring a bit of variety to the group’s sound. I really liked that they played around with the sounds a bit more on here. I Know and Goodbye are decent, but they did lack a bit of a punch and could be improved on. With that said, they were still enjoyable to listen to. Just maybe a bit too safe.


[Mini-Album] KNK – AWAKE

AWAKE is the first mini-album released by KNK. BACK AGAIN was used as the promotional song.

Released: June 2, 2016
3. I Remember (요즘 넌 어때)
4. I’ll Try (노력해볼게)
6. Propose (고백)
7. BACK AGAIN (Inst.)
8. I Remember (Inst.)

GONE is a really interesting opener. Just shy of two minutes long, it utilizes a really interesting background vocal arrangement. The song has a cool arrangement to it that really helps highlight the vocals of each member. It’s a nice midtempo pop tune with a slight R&B twist. It’s a bit unfortunate it is just an opener.

I do love how the background vocals transition right into BACK AGAIN, which is like the more upbeat cousin of the last song. A song that brings back the sound of the more dramatic styles of 2009-2011, BACK AGAIN fuses the more ballad-like melody with a heavy dance beat. I love this style and it’s a nice return to this sound. I think the best part is how each section of the song brings a bit of a twist. The verses with its fusion of rap and singing, while the choruses bring a high-energy and passionate intertwining of a more melodic style and repetition. It’s great.

I Remember brings it down a notch again with something more midtempo. Unlike the last two songs, this one is definitely more lighthearted. I do wish the music a bit more organic though. There is an interesting synth-piano refrain, but it would be better if it was just a piano. With that said, the melody is quite nice. It’s sweet and reminds me of something done by a few other groups before. The melody could be more memorable, but it’s a decent tune.

I’ll Try is the first ballad and features a nice R&B beat. It kind of reminds me of the ballad version of the first two songs. However, I just find something is missing with this one. The melody just isn’t very memorable to me and it is quite unpredictable, but in a way that leaves it sounding a bit messy. I do enjoy the rap break that comes in, but the song is a bit forgettable as a whole and I don’t like how the vocals are sung.

DAY N NIGHT finally gives something a bit more fun. It’s an upbeat pop song with a stronger electronic feel, but it still ties itself into the rest of the mini-album. I quite like the electronic refrain that’s happening in the background and it works nicely with the rest of the music. However, I feel like the chorus could be a bit stronger in its delivery. Still, a decent tune.

Propose is a nice laidback midtempo pop song and is quite similar to I Remember, but with a fuller arrangement. I do feel like this one is one of the stronger songs on the mini and the guys sound great. The music is more interesting and the melody is definitely much catchier. It’s a nice ending.

Overall: For their first mini, this was a pretty decent delivery. The promotional song was definitely the highlight, but there were some pretty good listens throughout. I do wish there was a bit more surprises because while there was a nice cohesion, many of the other songs lacked strong hooks that would make me want to listen to them again.


[Single] KNK – KNOCK

KNK is one of the many boy bands that debuted in 2016. Well-known for their tall stature and good looks, the group has done decently coming from a smaller company. They were one of my favourite rookie groups of 2016. KNOCK is their debut single.

Released: March 3, 2016
2. Angel Heart (마음씨)
3. KNOCK (Inst.)
4. Angel Heart (Inst.)

KNOCK recalls days past. The sound is very reminiscent of the boy band sounds of 2010-2011 with its more dramatic ballad-pop fusion style. However, the song does have its fair share of surprises. While it starts off with a gorgeous piano refrain for the verses, the chorus has much more impact with its heavy string and percussion backing. While there are some nice moments, I do feel the song is a bit forgettable. The melody is rather static and although catchy, it comes off a little monotone. It has definitely grown on me though.

Angel Heart brings us a nice pop ballad. To be honest, I’m a bit skeptical with idol groups doing ballads since a lot of them tend to come off as the generic R&B/pop style. This song isn’t much different, but the quality is surprisingly high. I think the music with the gorgeous piano refrain and heavy beat works really well with the melody. The melody itself is actually really nice and quite catchy for a ballad.

Overall: This wasn’t a bad debut single at all. I do believe the ballad was the stronger of the two songs with its gorgeous soaring chorus, but KNOCK wasn’t bad either. I just wish the title track had a bit more of a lasting impact.