NCT #127 Neo Zone - The 2nd Album
Thanks to the success of 2019’s WE ARE SUPERHUMAN and its iridescent English-language single “Highway to Heaven”, Seoul boy band NCT 127 are making room for a fresh wave of naturalised NCTzens. Their second full-length album continues the K-pop group’s inventive exploration of sound and emotion. The rap unit lets loose on “MAD DOG”, a trap burner with a weird electrified break, while “Sit Down!” tells a story in aggressive style of sticking to your beliefs. Then, the body-rolling slow jams unfurl. The vocal unit shines on sentimental forget-me-nots “Love Song” and “Day Dream”. There’s a pronounced ’90s R&B influence on “White Night”, “Not Alone” and “Dreams Come True”—all perfect to curl up on the couch with. From the tempos, melodies and pacing (spotlight vocals broken up by all-in-together choruses), it wouldn’t be surprising if NCT 127 had some oversized flannels and Timbs in their closet.