We all know Queen Hyuna as the August comeback girl, with her in-your-face, fierce concepts that ooze sexuality like Red and Hows This? This time around, Hyuna takes a step back from her strong woman image and uses Following, her sixth mini album, to introduce a softer, more mature but still genuine side to herself. Following doesnt have anthems like Because I Am The Best but instead showcase slower songs that reveal the person beneath the persona.
At first, Following seems in the vein of previous Hyuna releases with the first track being a strong dance track urging the listener to follow me. Its the ultimate party song, appropriately named, and Wooseoks (of Pentagon) rap helps to break up Hyunas high tone. What the song does is establish a narrative that we can follow throughout the album. From this Party (Follow Me) we establish that theres someone that Hyuna likes, and for the rest of the album we go through their relationship.
We go next to the title track Babe. Theres the feeling of new love, of being head over heels and feeling like a teenager again, even if youre far from it. The song is somewhat ethereal and the chorus is addicting. Hyuna uses her voice to her advantage, deliberately sounding higher and younger at some points. Expressing the sentiment of being so in love you feel like a kid again isnt new, but Hyuna makes it hers. Shes effortlessly sexy in the MV but still recognizably herself. Shes toned down with the makeup, doesnt have on an over the top outfit, and it mixes perfectly with the cosmic goddess concept the video seems to be aiming for.
We move along to the next track which continues to the peak of happiness. In Purple, Hyuna mentions three colors in regards to her lover: purple, red, and yellow. As most know, purple is the color of royalty, but also represents devotion, peace, and pride. We talked about red recently, but red can mean passion, desire, and confidence to name a few. Yellow is a color of happiness, loyalty, and joy. These are all emotions associated with a new relationship, or even just a very passionate one. Being in love is a roller coaster and the back and forth between Hyuna and Edawn captures all this.
The conclusion of the mini album is of course, the down turn of the relationship. Instead of turning into hate or dislike, the relationship sours into boredom.
Let me guess what my heart is.
Tell me what your heart is.
Maybe I’ll leave you alone.
How about you bore a little more dangerous?
It takes constant effort to get used to another person, learning about them, and deepening the relationship. After a certain point you have to make the decision if its worth it. Hyuna decided that it wasnt worth it, that the person she was with just bored her. She later reflects on it with apparent sadness, lamenting not necessarily the loss of the other person, but the change in herself from the time spent on the relationship.
We know Hyuna as a the ultimate girl crush but Following with its subdued tracks and thoughtful lyrics show a different side to Hyuna as an artist. The mini album is cohesive with the perfect collaborators so as to enhance Hyunas sound instead of overwhelm her. While not full of summer jams like what would be expected, Following does a good job of presenting Hyuna as a better version of herself.
(YouTube, Lyrics via Lyrics Translate, Images via Cube Entertainment)
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