Apink Wins With Nostalgic Summer Single 'Remember'
That FLUTE!!!Sweetly SentimentalStands Out Against The Dancier Summer Comebacks
May Be Too Much Of The Same For SomeUnmemorable Concept
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Last winter saw Apink release “Luv,” a song that took the sound of the group’s signature Shinsadong Tiger-produced Max Martin throwbacks and put a melancholy spin on it. It became the biggest hit of their career, setting a new record for the most music program wins by a girl group and spending endless months on the Gaon chart.

Their latest single, “Remember,” combines both sides of their Tiger hits into one — the flirty fun of “NoNoNo” and “My My” with the warm nostalgia of “Luv.” It’s the kind of song an artist releases to promote a greatest hits compilation; a song that neatly sums up what they’re about with a few knowing winks to their back catalogue.

The most addictive part of “NoNoNo” was the post-chorus synths while Apink hopped and wiggled their hips. It played a total of three times during the song, and not for very long. In “Remember,” that part goes to an insanely catchy flute refrain, which Mr. Tiger thankfully does not use sparingly. It plays at the start, it plays during every chorus, and it plays at the end. It’s like eating choco chip cookies or smoking a strange cigarette–you just can’t get enough of it.

Most K-pop artists use the retro concept as a one-time gimmick, incorporating the fashion or the sounds of the late ’90s and early 2000s into their singles because it’s the trendy thing to do right now. Apink is different. They’ve been doing S.E.S. homages since before it was popular, and their vintage beats with sentimental lyrics creates a genuine sense of nostalgia that goes beyond a fleeting concept.

Let’s leave in the cool wind, forget about today,” they sing. “Do you remember the sun that shined at us / the wide and blue sea like yesterday / like the time has stopped as we always wanted.”

As with every Apink comeback, i-netz will whine and complain ad nauseam about how “boring” Apink is and then change the subject to 4minute, 2NE1, or any other artificially edgy and/or sexy group, but who cares?

Fuck ’em. Apink rules.

  • lildarien

    They did the “giggling by the water” way better than SNSD. Not a huge fan but this is nice.

  • culchan

    I’d rather listen to the Stellar teaser on a loop for 3 minutes than listen to any Apink song.

  • Nicole Naeun

    Out of the hundreds of wrongs about this comeback, there are the three big ones I can’t shake off:
    1. That disjointed chorus does not work and is simply annoying. Red Velvet says ‘try again’.
    2. The song ends without a climax, as if I was making love to Jay park’s small and thin penis for 3.39 minutes
    3. The 4TEN member with forehead bigger than Lee Guk Joo’s ass.

  • KingBeaArthur

    This song is lemonade on a hot summer day. Haters remain hateful.

    Here for my wife Eunji and my flawless sister-in-law Bomi~

  • Vivienne Greatly Disapproves

    Apink just keep releasing the same song over and over and it just gets worse each time. Every time I think they’ve hit rock bottom they outdo themselves with and even more embarrassingly bad song. The group’s entire image is basically a really bad SNSD cover group. Leave it to the professionals girls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b_2Uf7ERkc

    • EbolaJenkins

      ..Remember in 1992 when the black/hip-pop neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles was mad at some white cops for beating a crank-addict who was trying to aszsault them; in ‘revenge’ they burned down the neighboring Koreatown full of first-generation immigrants who couldn’t afford business insurance and struggled with the English language… Their young K0rean-American children almost ended up starving in the streets while still wearing diapers… However, today, 23 years later, those same children became doctors, lawyers, dentists, scientists, and business-owners. K0reatown Los Angeles is in the middle of constructing the tallest skyscraper (in North AND South America), the new Wilshire Grand, west of the Mississippi River. For some reason, neighboring South Central still looks EXACTLY like it did 23 years ago!….

      It is a simple-Algebra equation… for every 1 piece of greatness Korean-Americans build, there are always 3 rac!$+ hip-hop pr!mate sa/ag3s nearby ready to destroy it… It is YOUR fault (not everyone else’s) if you betray your great culture and commit b3a$tiality by allowing them to squirt g0r!11a-milk and half-primate thuglets inside of you… Just look at the cute hip-hopper Kevin Watts and his Sam Won Garden restaurant massacre in San Antonio:

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      …She went back to Korea. Welcome to America, right?… She could not even read her own victim-statement to the black-man in court without collapsing onto her knees. Do you even know what it is like to have two black men s0d0mizing you with the pistol they ki11ed your new husband with???… duct-tape still on your mouth and all?…

  • oneclearnight

    This is their weakest single by far :/ I was expecting a jam… loved all their other songs.

  • Db

    I just came here to bash A Pink and their tired uncle-fan baiting music. I did try to listen to it, but couldn’t get past the first minute.

    I’m all for cute concepts when done right. Your music doesn’t necessarily have to be safe and boring. Hara’s Choco Chip Cookie achieved the right balance of cute and creative. A Pink and SNSD’s Party are the equivalent of paint-by-numbers, vanilla yogurt.

    • honestly? the most uncle-fan baiting group is girl’s day. not that i think it’s a problem…

    • Kris

      upvote just for the vanilla yogurt line

    • EbolaJenkins

      clarkprosecutor{{DOT}}org/html/death/US/watts1126{{DOT}}htm

      (Good reading about your heritage in Los Angeles)..

      Also, here is a funny picture:

    • EbolaJenkins

      clarkprosecutor{{DOT}}org/html/death/US/watts1126{{DOT}}htm

      (Good reading about your heritage in Los Angeles)…

      So RACIST, right?!?.. black people only targeted KOREANS… I know their music is ‘cool’ and trendy, but they are racist against YOU and your family…

      Also, here is a funny picture:

  • WJ

    “May be too much for some”
    And too boring for others…

  • FUCK ‘EM A PINK RULES!

  • shoopdoop

    the flute unexpectedly slayed me. bomi better hold on tight to her pink wig bc hayoung is COMING for her title of lead vocalist.

  • A-stink keeps stinking. No other group could get away with these basic songs.

  • ICONI3

    Really like it, BUT the biggest negative for me is the strange flow in the chorus..it’s so weird that I feel like I can’t full enjoy it the way I want.

  • Julian Jung

    I hate this song and I hate this group lol, but I don’t care enough to comment about what I disliked. However, I do want to say how similar the flute riff in this song is to the beginning riff of Danity Kane’s Secret Place Interlude. It’s just slowed down.

  • Julian Jung

    I hate this song and I hate this group lol, but I don’t care enough to comment about what I disliked. However, I do want to say how similar the flute riff in this song is to the beginning riff of Danity Kane’s Secret Place Interlude. It’s just slowed down.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXp2l1IJMiU

    • EbolaJenkins

      black style is destroying you…

  • Mai

    Have to pitch support here. I agree withe Jacques. In my view, this is a case of “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” Their consistency should not be underestimated. Yes, you need artists who are edgy and go crazy, but there’s a place for artists that have a consistent solid sound. They sort of remind me of a girl group version of “The Carpenters.”

  • Suzy Sooyoung

    My stanning for APink has been a bumpy road but they really got me with “LUV”. With that said I think this single is fucking perfection as well! Thank you for bringing a little bit of pure thoughts into my mind this summer!

  • EbolaJenkins

    but she was only a newlywed immigrant trying to meet up with her husband!! :(

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  • EbolaJenkins

    ay yo WHERE ALL THE LITTLE ORIENTAL WOMENS AT?!?!?!…

    ..Remember in 1992 when the black/hip-pop neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles was mad at some white cops for beating a crank-addict who was trying to aszsault them; in ‘revenge’ they burned down the neighboring Koreatown full of first-generation immigrants who couldn’t afford business insurance and struggled with the English language… Their young K0rean-American children almost ended up starving in the streets while still wearing diapers… However, today, 23 years later, those same children became doctors, lawyers, dentists, scientists, and business-owners. K0reatown Los Angeles is in the middle of constructing the tallest skyscraper (in North AND South America), the new Wilshire Grand, west of the Mississippi River. For some reason, neighboring South Central still looks EXACTLY like it did 23 years ago!….

    It is a simple-Algebra equation… for every 1 piece of greatness Korean-Americans build, there are always 3 rac!$+ hip-hop pr!mate sa/ag3s nearby ready to destroy it… It is YOUR fault (not everyone else’s) if you betray your great culture and commit b3a$tiality by allowing them to squirt g0r!11a-milk and half-primate thuglets inside of you… Just look at the cute hip-hopper Kevin Watts and his Sam Won Garden restaurant massacre in San Antonio:

    clarkprosecutor{{DOT}}org/html/death/US/watts1126{{DOT}}htm‎

    …She went back to Korea. Welcome to America, right?… She could not even read her own victim-statement to the black-man in court without collapsing onto her knees. Do you even know what it is like to have two black men s0d0mizing you with the pistol they ki11ed your new husband with???… duct-tape still on your mouth and all?…

  • kasey307

    YAS! I’m on the same page.
    Best girlgroup comeback this summer so far.