Pop Music

Music Overview: AKMU – Hero

AKMU - HeroTypically I might be remarkably unhealthy at predicting which songs are going to develop into big viral hits. When AKMU’s Love Lee was launched final 12 months, I discovered it each uninteresting and cloying — a tough steadiness to tug off! However due to quite a few TikTok dances, the track rapidly grew to become ubiquitous. I nonetheless discover it each uninteresting and cloying, however my innate love for AKMU makes new music an thrilling prospect nonetheless.

New single Hero pulls issues manner again for a mild, hushed sound. It jogs my memory of a b-side we would have heard on the duo’s debut album. The track could be very fairly, however strikes me as an odd selection for title observe. Fortunately, the melodies are robust all through. I’m most impressed by Suhyun’s parts of the verses. They’re carried out virtually a cappella, permitting her crystal clear tone to compel curiosity by itself.

Hero blooms a bit towards the top as percussion offers it extra drive. However even right here, the observe presents itself with all of the vitality of a lullaby. Weirdly, it makes Love Lee sound like a dance banger compared. I assume that is sensible counterprogramming in the course of the busy summer season season, nevertheless it’s exhausting to see Hero having fun with the identical viral success as its predecessor. Then once more, I’ve clearly been flawed earlier than!

Hooks 8
 Manufacturing 7
 Longevity 8
 Bias 8
 RATING 7.75

Grade: C+


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