Love Is Blind
Once perpetually bright as fluorescent markers, Apink embraces more subtle shades and moods on their ninth mini-album, Look. Their upbeat R&B and pop still glows but with muted strength. Their maturity especially shows on “Moment,” an ascendant and cascading ballad. A wellness message blends nicely with carefully crafted synth-pop on “Be Myself,” while shades of 2000s Ashanti can be felt on “Yummy.” Yet for all the growth, Look hasn’t left their core contingent behind. “Dumhdurum” and “Everybody Ready?” serve as the mini-album’s banger bookends, and “Love Is Blind” and “Overwrite” blend romance woes and inner thoughts into K-pop catnip.