K-pop artist Eric Nam released their second English-language album, “There And Back Again”, just in time for their world tour this year.
Nam, from Atlanta, released his second album, “There And Back Again,” on all streaming platforms Friday after teasing fans with song samples and one YouTube Documentary days prior to release. Entirely produced during the pandemic, the new album arrives just over a year and a half after the release of Nam’s latest EP, “The Other Side”, in July 2020.
While this album may be different from what fans are used to from the artist, “There And Back Again” offers an air of coziness and coziness with mellow instrumentals and unique vocals on each track, while presenting a new side of Nam songwriting. Bringing together a year of emotional highs, lows and uncertainties in just seven tracks, “There And Back Again” features a raw, reflective, bittersweet artistic sound that will leave listeners only with anticipation for the next world tour. from the freelance singer-songwriter – which includes a show on February 13 at Newport Music Hall.
At the start of the album, “Lost On Me” is a sweet introduction to Nam’s last year’s musical climax during the pandemic and its first step into a more mature and organic sonic sound. Lyrically, this track is reflective, describing the ability to find silver linings in a past relationship and hold on to bittersweet memories rather than pain. While “Lost On Me” features upbeat instrumentals, it relies heavily on Nam’s voice to carry the chorus.
The album’s first single, “I Don’t Know You Anymore,” is more upbeat and similar to the sound of Nam’s previous music. Originally released on October 15, 2021, the catchy, guitar-heavy song showcases Nam’s pop songwriting ability. Lyrically, however, this track is more gritty and contemplative, describing a relationship gone awry.
“Any Other Way”, the second single from the album, begins with a melodic acoustic guitar and an echoing whistle. This track – one of the few songs on the album to be truly upbeat – describes the feeling of coming back to life with new love, with cool guitar melody and dreamy vocal harmonies. Each verse captures the exhilarating rush that accompanies the happiness regained after a period of loneliness, supported by a solid rhythm and a warm bassline.
Returning to the theme of grief, “Wildfire” showcases Nam’s incredible vocal range and ability to carry a song with almost nothing but his own voice. Lamenting a love that has died out too quickly, the slower pace of this track allows for lyrical reflection as it comes to terms with the feelings left behind after a painful loss. Although the chorus seems to contradict the verses, with heavier instrumentals and warmer vocal layers, “Wildfire” is a well-balanced cathartic track.
“What If” is a charming pop ballad worthy of a dance of post-breakup guilt. With an incredibly catchy hook and chorus, this song changes direction after “Wildfire,” now focusing on areas where Nam might have gone wrong in a relationship or in life, exploring the unanswered questions plaguing the mind afterward. a break.
“Admit” comes with a softer, more thoughtful approach to unspoken feelings and hidden truths. Sticking to the theme of the rest of the album, downright honest lyrics and warm vocals accompanied by a simple yet heartwarming guitar give “Admit” room for a more mature Nam sound. The track as a whole delves deeper into accepting feelings of loss and emptiness, of change and moving forward.
The album’s final track, “One Way Lover,” seems to gently pick up on some of the difficult feelings and unanswered questions briefly evoked in other songs on the project. With a light, airy chorus and heart-bleeding lyrics, “One Way Lover” sounds like some sort of resolution – a closed, or maybe open, door to a chapter in Nam’s life.
“There And Back Again” is a carefully written, heartfelt, and catchy pop album that sums up the emotional roller coaster of the past year. While some fans may have been expecting more upbeat and dance-worthy songs to be sung on tour, Nam seems to have taken the last year for soul-searching instead, turning the page on a new era of music with seven beautifully crafted, if at times sad, pop ballads, and that’s okay too.
Rating: 4.5 / 5