iKON – RETURN
1. LOVE SCENARIO *Title
3. ONE AND ONLY (B.I SOLO)
5. BEST FRIEND
7. HUG ME
8. DON'T FORGET
10. LOVE ME
11. JUST GO
12. LONG TIME NO SEE
It's been more than two years since we've seen a proper release from iKON, barring a couple singles and their Japanese promotions. But now they're back again with their second full album 'Return.' Let's take a look if it was worth the wait.
"LOVE SCENARIO" is their title track, and it's completely different for iKON. I got used to the "Dumb and Dumber" iKON, the wild and loud party songs that were all over their first album. It's not bad, but it is a bit lacking in energy. Not really what I expected from them but it does work.
"HUG ME" is a reflective hip-hop tune, and is almost pleading. It kind of shows off their sensitive side, and has a warm feeling to it. A nice laid back tune that you can listen to on a lazy afternoon. "DON'T FORGET" is a power ballad. The emotive vocals are honest and clear, and it almost feels like this is where the band has made its home. It's a fairly effective transition from stripped down to guitar-heavy, and they definitely take you for a ride. I get a lot of Big Bang "Last Dance" type vibes here.
This is a different direction for iKON, as their sound continues to evolve. The lyrics are different, and the sound is more mellow, working in some cases as chill out music rather than something to rave to. It also shows a different face to iKON, more layers to a band that used be known more for party anthems like "Bling Bling." This is a strong return for iKON and a welcome one at that.
The boys of iKON are missing the girl they love. So what do they do? What else? Hang out with the guys. They take a trip through the town, in and out of doors, at a reel-to-reel movie room, and wide open lots where they can dance. The camera pans across the scene, showing them in situation after situation.
The dancing is actually quite good. They stretch and flail, and pull in again, and everyone is synchronized. It's pretty good choreo, and they did what they could with a song that wasn't entirely danceable. Apparently, they learned some new tricks since their last comeback.
As MVs go, it's a lot of fun. We can be thankful that it's not 100% cheap -- the environments don't look like facades, so there is that. Not only that, when the camera pans it's clever, because they might be sitting down or standing somewhere, and when the camera is in one place for the moment the boys are doing something else, in different outfits. I like how that looks because it's pretty seamless.
It's a fun video, and the camera tricks keep you from getting too bored, as you scratch your head and ask "how did they do that? All this and a pretty good album to boot.