NU'EST W – "IF YOU"
1. If You
NU'EST are promoting as a quartet -- NU'EST W -- now that Minhyun is prepping for his debut in Wanna One. On the heels of the release of the 2017 version of their track "Look (A Starlight Night)," the boys have dropped a special summer single titled "If You."
"If You" is, uncharacteristically for the season, a ballad. It doesn't contain the uptempo, upbeat rhythms that we usually hear in summer releases. It does, however, have an uplifting chorus, and a switch to R&B during the rap portions, and we get lots of JR rapping. I like how they organically integrate all this together, alternating the tender, softer parts with the edgier raps.
They might be down to a foursome, but they prove they still have the chops to tackle a ballad. Releasing a ballad might be risky during summer, but it's got a soft refreshing feel to it, far away from the high energy dance tracks. It's very smooth, and might just be the antidote to a scorching day. It often cools off at night, and that is precisely what this track reminds me of. "If You" is smooth and cool.
There is no MV, but you can listen to the song below, and find out for yourself why it's burning up the charts: