Review: After 7 years together, Nine Muses' latest comeback is one to 'Remember'
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Nine Muses, like Rainbow before them, are one of those K-pop groups that’s main claim to fame is that they’re not quite famous enough. Despite this reputation, I still consider them a success. They had one of the most disastrous debuts in history and more member changes than any other girl group I can think of, but they’ve also had a lot of memorable hits and we’re still here talking about them in 2017. 

With the exception of the generic “Hurt Locker” (stop defending it people – it was an utter FLOP), Nine Muses are one of K-pop’s most consistently great girl groups. Their run from “Figaro” up to “Drama” might be the longest streak of consecutively flawless singles I’ve ever seen, so I continue to support them while their sales slump and their lineup shrinks. They’re currently down to just four members (which includes Keumjo, the shrunken voodoo doll come to life), kicking poor Sungah to the curb for their new single ‘Remember.’

They’ve changed producers again, this time working with the little-known NUPLAY. The results are better than I was expecting from a producer I’ve never heard of. ‘Remember’ starts like a moody acoustic ballad before slowly building steam towards the chorus, which explodes with surging waves of EDM. Kyungri, Hyemi, and even the voodoo doll all have an emotional fragility to their voices, so their vocals work in perfect harmony together. The same goes for Sojin, who can’t sing for shit, but her deep-voice gives her spoken raps a dark quality that adds to the sinister atmosphere of the song. 

Also, you know who else ‘Remember’ would’ve been perfect for? T-ara. It just screams Absolute Second Album.

The music video is one of the more elaborate and expensive-looking clips I’ve seen from Nine Muses in a long time, indicating that Star Empire still sees potential in the group. I don’t really understand the storyline, but in my mind the dude was a hitman hired by Sungah to kill the remaining members so they couldn’t have a comeback without her. You better run and hide Keumjo, cos Sungah is coming for you!

Check out ‘Remember’ below.

  • Kyulkyung’s Middle Finger

    i few things i realized with this release.

    -“why the hell was Keumdrop / Kukeumber added?” still runs in my head
    -Sojin’s spoken rap / demonic possession is this song’s highlight
    -i agree with S.E. still having faith in them, this is by far their most expensive-looking mv
    -are we not gonna talk about how the muses h̶a̶d̶ ̶s̶̶̶n̶̶̶a̶̶̶t̶̶̶c̶̶̶h̶̶̶e̶̶̶d̶̶̶ paid tribute to DaLegend’Godbet with those “lounge in the tub lookin’ hella pretty” teasers?

  • KingBeaArthur

    This song is better than I thought it was going to be, seeing as all the members I loved (and Sungah) have departed. That being said: if they broke up tomorrow, I wouldn’t be upset.

    BTW, “Hurt Locker” is still everything.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f808c2a820da82c1588700ffe78fe5eb6dd7ae0ed2ed14df60be6792526790d0.jpg

    • Yeah I’m also surprised how much I’m still enjoying them even with all my fave members leaving! With that said, it’s just not the same anymore… When Sera, Leesem etc all left after Glue it was kinda the end

      • Bruno

        Well, that’s a rotational group for you. Nine Muses might not be a rotational group officially, but they are for sure the most successful one Korea has ever seen! Their line-up might change drastically from year to year, but their sound has remained consistent throughout their entire career.

        If shitty Star Empire doesn’t give up on them and keeps giving them bops/adding new muses, Nine Muses will certainly fulfill their destiny and become the korean Morning Musume. Rotational queens. <3

  • Kyulkyung’s Middle Finger

    OT BUT OF HIGH IMPORTANCE:

    i need your thoughts on this Jacques! my mind is too buzzed to think, lol. The Empresses Of Vaginal Moisture are back, with a new empress to boot!

    makes me want to pray harder to the Gods of KPop to just merge 9M with Stellar to make the numbers right. :/

    https://youtu.be/xUshkNcxcMU

  • Bruno

    “in my mind the dude was a hitman hired by Sungah to kill the remaining members so they couldn’t have a comeback without her.”

    LOL, DEAD

  • Funktastic

    I’m worried that this might be their final comeback. It just feels like it will be. From the title of the song to the concept(like a last resort effort similar to Stellar when they released Marionette).

    • BadB*tch

      probably will be unless this song blows up…