It’s been almost a year since the release of Blueming, and CN Blue is finally back with another mini album! Titled 7ºCN, a clever play on words to remind us that it is their 7th mini-album, this release melds hints of electronic pop smoothly into their signature soft rock genre to create catchy, jam-worthy hits.
In typical CN Blue fashion, most members participated in the writing and composition of the tracks, which allows us listeners a chance to appreciate their songwriting talents.
The title track “Between Us” gives an amazing first impression. Like many others, the title track is always the first track that I listen to off any album, and if I enjoy it a lot, then I find myself more inclined to look forward to the B-sides. The song opens with the chorus, which is something unusual, but it works. The verses build up beautifully to the bass-heavy chorus, and the rhythmic shift between the chorus and the bridge is seamlessly clean. What is special about “Between Us” is that it moves away from the same sounds of their previous title tracks, notably “Cinderella” and “You’re So Fine”. Don’t get me wrong, those were absolute jams and I still reach for them from time to time, but the structure and the sound of these tracks were tad too similar for my taste. “Between Us” offers a taste of something new just when CN Blue was at risk of sounding a little monotone, proving that they can still produce wild jams.
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