Hyolyn completely killed her Queendom levels. She appeared the odds-on favourite all through a lot of the competitors, however was finally undone by a relative lack of worldwide fandom energy. Such is the enterprise of contemporary Ok-pop, I suppose. For me, she’ll at all times get pleasure from “legend” standing primarily based on her work with Sistar alone. However, I’ve a confession to make: though I adore Hyolyn as a expertise, most of her solo music simply isn’t for me.
Other than the 2018 triple punch of Dally, See Sea (!) and Bae, not a lot of her songs have related with me. I feel it’s largely a case of the producers she chooses to work with. Hyolyn’s best attraction lies inside her vocals, and a monitor like No Thanks doesn’t reap the benefits of that expertise. It’s serving appears to be like, however I’m craving hooks. There’s solely so some ways you may mutter “no thanks.” It’s simply not a compelling centerpiece.
No Thanks delivers an addictive beat, hinging on a wonky bassline and shiny percussion. And when its sing-talk supply turns into extra melodic through the pre-chorus, it appears we could also be headed towards one thing nice. However sadly, the music’s inert hook robs it of momentum. Relatively than grooving alongside, I discover myself changing into disinterested. I want extra of the monitor seemed like its bridge, the place the instrumental bears extra tooth by injecting some enjoyable synth textures. Alas, most of No Thanks locations Ok-pop angle over memorable songwriting. A expertise as plain as Hyolyn’s deserves a extra well-rounded showcase. At the least it is a large step up from Waka Increase!