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aespa Mini Album Vol. 1 - Savage (Hallucination Quest Version)
aespa Mini Album Vol. 1 - Savage (Hallucination Quest Version)
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October 22, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
Even with all the controversies and rumors circulating around them since debut, SM's newest girl group aespa has proven to be a great success with their distinctive sounds and metaverse concept complete with AI avatars. Following Black Mamba and Next Level, aespa continues to dominate music charts with their first mini-album and title track Savage!

The album starts off with the stylish and catchy aenergy (Track 1), which shows the group's worldview and characters in the lyrics – "Karina rocket puncher, Winter armamenter, Giselle got xenoglossy, Ningning E.D hacker." After Girls' Generation's Beautiful Girls and SHINee's The SHINee World, Yoo Young Jin again creates a tailor-made anthem for the new SM group that perfectly shapes and represents them in parallel with their worldview.

"Oh my gosh! Don't you know I'm a Savage?" aespa goes bold and fearless in their title track Savage (Track 2)! Also written by Yoo Young Jin, the multi-genre Savage captures the story of aespa, with the help of naevis, going to the virtual world of Kwangya to fight against Black Mamba. Lyrically, it may be hard to understand or relate to the song if you're new to the group, but the melody alone is addictive. The girls express the song and the story in a way that makes you naturally feel the tension and their confidence. Winter's deep tone and growls, Ningning's high notes, Karina and Giselle's timbres and raps – all of these are integral to the song.

aespa tries a vibrant and high-spirited style for the first time in YEPPI YEPPI (Track 4), which blends deep house, trance, synth wave, trap and other elements all together in one composition. They encourage self-love in the dance number: "Oh yeppi yeppi, happy virus! No matter what they say, I'm so beautiful, because I'm more shining than a dia(mond)." They also show their passion in the hip-hop-ish dance song ICONIC (Track 5): "Without shaking, I be myself every day. We go and make it ICONIC, like that. Without hesitation, like that. Watch out!" Winter and Ningning's dulcet falsettos are perfect for the pre-chorus.

aespa stands up again after getting betrayed in the powerful synth-pop dance plug I'll Make You Cry (Track 3) penned by Kenzie. Savage finally closes with the dreamy pop R&B "Lucid Dream" (Track 6), which is about "falling, calling and chasing" a past lover in a dream after breaking up.

aespa is, in many ways, very different from SM's previous girl groups. They've shown their qualities and possibilities through their voices and style of expression in Savage!

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