Kara are on a really quick checklist of “holy grail” comebacks: Okay-pop legends whose reunion would ship shockwaves by way of second-gen followers like myself. After I Transfer celebrates their fifteenth anniversary and is their first new music in over seven years, carried out by a mix of members from the group’s numerous line-ups. All that’s lacking are longtime collaborators Sweetune. I imply… you had one job RBW. Come on! Perceive the transient!
Relating to hyped-up reunions like this, an artist should thread the needle between honoring their previous legacy and present comfortably in a brand new sonic panorama. Tilt an excessive amount of in both path and also you threat underwhelming a phase of your viewers. After I Transfer makes an attempt to please each tastes and is most profitable when it caters towards the traditional Kara sound.
Fortunately, the group has opted for a giant dance monitor to have fun this milestone. After I Transfer’s explosive refrain slots properly alongside different Kara hits. A lot of the tune performs as an prolonged construct towards this centerpiece, giving it the emphasis it wants. The melody is straightforward however sharp, underlined by a thumping electro beat that retains the power excessive. It’s all delivered with that easy, gimmick-free vocal confidence that was emblematic of Okay-pop’s second era.
My largest situation with the tune happens throughout the prolonged bridge. I hate how the monitor slows right here, particularly as the women are telling us to “shake your physique.” An electrical guitar solo is wasted on this murky association, which fails to construct the climactic power that will shoot After I Transfer to the stratosphere. I imply, Sweetune would by no means!
Even so, After I Transfer is a profitable comeback from Okay-pop royalty. I’m curious to see the way it holds up in the long term, as Kara singles typically have nice endurance.