AP – Is it a ‘Home;run’ for Seventeen?
With special album ;(Semicolon), Seventeen offers some comfort pop.
Punctuation can be difficult, as is putting together a great album. Semicolons are notorious little bumps in the road of run-on sentences.
Do they join or do they separate K-pop’s self-producing idols Seventeen take the orthographic challenge of bridging their 2020 with a third extended play but not a full-blown fourth studio album.
The six-track record’s strategy is to offer easily palatable fare for this difficult period and what better way than to burrow in nostalgia? First single Home;run is an upbeat lindy hop that gets the energy up in the room, followed by a slow burn trap bass line with Doremi; Hey Buddy has a playful ‘80s instrumentation vibe that pairs well with the easy listening aura of Ah!Love!; Light a Flame has the whole orchestra pitch in with a Latin-flavoured tune while All My Love catches a whiff of one of those ‘90s boyband hooks.
;(Semicolon) sums up the entire year perfectly a little entertainment, a little distraction and, as the hours pass, a little forgettable.