WHO, YOU is the second mini-album released by NU’EST W. “Dejavu” was used as the promotional track and was yet another hit for group.
Released: June 25, 2018
3. Polaris (북극성)
5. Gravity&Moon (중력달)
Things open up with Signal, which is a funky, EDM tune with some light tropical house elements. It keeps up the atmosphere that was building from the group’s previous mini, but I feel like it is more focused and stronger. It’s a bit generic considering the music climate, but it’s without a doubt a solid pop tune. It’s catchy and has a great synth backup, so while it isn’t anything particularly new, it is a decent tune to hear.
Dejavu is an interesting tune. It keeps up the EDM sound of the last song, but with an even sadder quality to it. It took me a while to really get into this song because the transition into the chorus is so anticlimatic. However, that funky bass that comes plopping in really helps to give the song some sex appeal. It’s not as in-your-face as “WHERE YOU AT”, but there is a slithering quality to its melody.
I’m actually a bit upset that the group decided to go down the coffeeshop route with the next one. I’m always on the fence with songs like Polaris. This one has some nice qualities to it and I actually like the softness of the verse. The chorus has a bit of progression to it that I like, but in the long run, it’s just a bit boring. I feel like it would have been better with some more punch in the arrangement.
Bringing us back to the upbeat side of things is ylenoL, which is a lighter pop EDM tune. Even if they continue the EDM elements, I wish they played with things a bit more. This isn’t a terrible song, but the chorus is flat and its falsetto delivery sort of makes the impact lessen. It’s cute, but not really that interesting.
I am thankful that things don’t slow down fully. Gravity & Moon sort of combines the EDM elements with something more hip-hop. This already makes it stand out in a fun way. The melody is definitely more interesting than the last song. Unfortunately, the arrangement doesn’t quite live up to the energy. There are points where things sound bare and cold, where this kind of song would benefit from something more explosive.
I’m definitely thankful that things end with Shadow. This is the best song on the mini. The beat is funky and while there are the expected EDM elements, things are done in a more powerful way. The chorus is especially like this with its intense melody that matches with the flying synths. It’s a passionate tune and one of NU’EST W’s best tracks.
Overall: This mini is a step up from the subunit’s last attempt. I feel like the fact that the majority of the songs were upbeat tunes helped things stay interesting. However, I literally only liked half of this mini. There are some fun songs, but the EDM sound is a bit overkilled here. I wish they played things up as there is a coldness in the arrangement that just doesn’t lend itslef well to certain melodies.