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Aespa Comeback’s “NEXT LEVEL” Is Being Compared With A Song From Their Senior

After aespa’s comeback with ‘Next Level’, an old song also accidentally became a hot topic among netizens.

At 6 pm on October 17 (KST), SM released aespa’s ‘Next Level’ MV through SMTOWN’s official Youtube channel. This is the first comeback of SM’s new generation girl group after the debut with ‘Black Mamba’ on November 17, 2020.

‘Next Level’ is a remake of the ‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw’ soundtrack. However, this song clearly shows aespa’s own color, with the MV tell the story of their journey to KWANGYA, to find ‘Black Mamba’,

For Korean netizens, the reaction of many people when hearing this song for the first time is … not easy on the ears. However, they were not too surprised by this because this is a characteristic of SM music. Interestingly, the song ‘Next Level’ is described as a ‘3 in 1’ song, which consist of 3 unrelated track put together. This makes Knet think of a hit song by SM’s famous girl group, SNSD’s ‘I Got A Boy’.

‘Next Level’ ‘intentionally messy’ layout is immediately weighed against ‘I Got A Boy’. Some feels bad for the girl of aespa, for having to perform such a weird song, others think that the group comeback will be a hit in the future, similar to what “I Got A Boy” has achieved.

Especially because of aespa’s comeback, SNSD’s hit ‘I Got A Boy’ suddenly became hot again. On Melon, the hottest search terms are related to this topic. In addition, this song also reached more than 60 million streams at midnight yesterday (KST) thanks to aespa’s comeback. On Twitter at the same time, the keyword ‘IGAB’ also reached the top of Global Twitter Trending at No. 8.

The song sounds great. It’s a bit weird at first, but the more you listen to it, the better it gets.

I thought I was listening to 2 different songs at the same time.

aespa is great, this song is good!

The MV is good, the members are great but the song is too messy.

This song is definitely SM style, similar to SNSD’s ‘I Got A Boy’ or SHINee’s ‘Sherlock (Clue + Note)’.

The song is a bit boring. I listened to it and kept thinking about when it would end.

It’s like ‘IGAB’ when it sounds like 2 or 3 songs together. But it’s really hard to absorb.

This song feels like ‘Mafia in the Morning’, it’s really disjointed and not good at all. It’s a pity that ITZY and aespa both have good vocals and performances but they have to sing songs like this.

2 members Karina and Winter are outstanding, but the song structure is too messy so it’s a pity.

It sounds like another version of ‘I Got A Boy’. ‘Next Level’ is fine but ‘I Got A Boy’ seems to have more of a melody.

Black Mamba is very good, but this song is not my taste. But the members are really pretty and sing really well.

Wanting to quickly see the stage of this song, I like ‘Next Level’ because it gives a fresh feeling.

This song is a bit messy, isn’t it…? There are a lot of good parts but it’s always confusing.

As soon as I heard it, I immediately thought of ‘I Got A Boy’.

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