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[Review] "One Last Cry" by N-Train

June 7, 2011 @ 12:40 pm
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N-Train is a five member boy band consisting of members Yoojin (19), Soul-J (22), Jung Kyun (23), Seung Hyun (23), and maknae Sang Woo (19). Under MediaLine Entertainment and the watchful eye of amous producer Kim Chang Wan, this set of new characters have their mics in hand and are ready to enter the scene. A representative of their agency has previously stated, "...for N-Train, [Kim Chang Hwan] has completed a R&B and soul track that will surely break the stereotypes idols are met with in their music." Now enter N-Train's debut single, "One Last Cry." So does this song break any idol stereotypes? Let's take a look below and find out! === As described by its producer, "One Last Cry" is an R&B track full of soul and all the classic R&B decor. Where N-Train will find most of their appeal is surprisingly through their singing, because boy is it good. It's been said that they've been training for over two years for this debut, and while that seems like a long time, the duration of any 'training' has lost all meaning in K-pop since everyone is alleged to have trained for many years. It's something that has struck me as puzzling though, because when debut-time rolls around, it seems all that 'training' delivers merely sub-par performers. But that's not the case with N-Train. They're one of a handful of rookie groups this year that are winning back the title of singers for Korean pop.  There's a new focus on talent this year that wasn't that prominent before, and those are grounds for celebration. --- All of the singers in N-Train are very skilled, almost too much to be considered rookies, in my opinion. Yoojin (second singer in this song) has a nice and raspy voice that will sound phenomenal when he finds the opportunity to belt it out; we hear a little bit of it here, but he needs more lines for us to really get a good feel of his potential. The two main singers, Sang Woo and Soul J, also have noteworthy voices (these two in particular remind me a helluva lot of 4Men, albeit a younger version). They have a surprising amount of technique and control for their age, which has me shaking in anticipation to hear what they will sound like in two or three years time. Seunghyun (verses) doesn't stand out yet, but given that he's part of this group of gems, there will be plenty of time for him to do so. And as far as Jung Kyun, he's to N-Train as Changmin is to TVXQ; he's reserved for the highs, as you'll hear in the last minute of this song. --- "One Last Cry" is sung really well, as if you couldn't already tell I felt that way by now, so I think an instrumentation that was a little pulled back, or at least one that added more to the song rather than just exist while N-Train sing their heads off, would have taken this song to a new level of euphoria. This song is really good, but N-Train aren't doing themselves justice with an instrumental as average as this one. It just doesn't build up like the vocals do. In other words, it makes this sound a little cookie-cutter R&B (if that makes sense) when it shouldn't be, at least not with a group of young singers who have it all to 'break stereotypes' in K-pop. Now that the focus is on the talented singers, it's time K-pop steps up their game production-wise as well. --- --- Overall Rating: 4.3/5What are your thoughts on this single? — Suggestions for a future review?  Hit the author up on Twitter (@rothsresidence) or via e-mail (arnold.arteaga@allkpop.com)! — Note: This article does not reflect the opinions of allkpop, only of the author.

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