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.