FNC Entertainment’s first dance boy group, SF9, is back shortly after last year’s debut with their first mini-album, Burning Sensation. After gaining success and popularity from NEOZ School and their debut single album, the boys keep up momentum and aim for the top with their latest title track, Roar. Get ready to feel the burning sensation and roar with SF9 in this high-energy album.
Track 1 – 青春; Tell Me What It Is
Opening the album is a mid-tempo number that starts off mysteriously due to the subtle piano and synths paired with the low voice rap. Though the transition from the first verse to the chorus sounds a bit off due to the sudden beat drop, Tell Me What It Is makes me curious to find out what the rest of the album will be like.
Track 2 – 부르릉 (Roar)
The title track, Roar, starts smoothly with digital synths and a very catchy beat. It then transitions to a tougher spirit with edgy rap and energetic danceable backbeats in the chorus. The track is well composed, putting the right elements where they belong, like its gleaming synths that are not overwhelming and its well-timed beat drops that break up the flow of the song.
Track 3 – 여전히 예뻐 (Still My Lady)
The mood turns mellow and laid-back in the next song. Still My Lady has an acoustic guitar backtrack that is gradually drowned out by the beat as the song goes on. It’s a relaxing number to listen to that reminds me of the soft warmth of spring. The boys’ falsettos were also noticeable as they added more flavor to this silky smooth track.
Track 4 – Shut Up N’ Lemme Go
Shut Up N’ Lemme Go slowly turns up the heat again with subtle synths during the verse and dubstep beat during the chorus. This type of track would have worked well in a separate album as an intro but less so as a side track.
Track 5 – 4 Step
4 Step has groovy funky electric guitar playing in the background accompanied by distorted synths. The highlight of the song for me is the pre-chorus with soft piano and vocals that really struck a chord with me. Aside from that, the other parts of the song is fairly typical and didn’t grab my attention.
Track 6 – Jungle Game
Jungle Game wraps up the album on a happy note with 8-bit synths overlapped by distorted synths. The song transforms into a playful party ditty you would surely jump along to in a concert. Jungle Game is indeed a fun way to close out this upbeat and lively album.