Since their 2015 hit song "It's Okay," BTOB has been known for autumn ballads in their honey sweet voices and beautiful harmonies. Last year, their "Missing You" took over the music charts when it was released. In October 2018, the song still ranked in the top 100 on digital music charts, and BTOB has become the fifth male idol group to surpass 100 million streams for one song on the Gaon Chart. This November, they return with the special album Hour Moment
to give you comfort in these breezy autumn days.
Following "Pray (I'll Be Your Man)," "Missing You" and "Only One for Me," Hyun Sik teamed up with producer EDEN again for Hour Moment's title track "Beautiful Pain" (Track 5). The medium-tempo ballad expresses the contradictory sentiments of wanting to look back to those beautiful days and memories in the past, but feeling heartache at the same time. The highlight of the nostalgic "Beautiful Pain" has to be the last bridge before the final chorus where Hyun Sik sings in his deep voice along with the acoustic guitar melody.
The pre-release track Friend (Track 1) is the only funky and upbeat tune included in Hour Moment. Friend is also the only song that is performed by all seven members as Eun Kwang recorded his parts before his military enlistment. BTOB members express their friendship and brotherhood through the touching lyrics: "When I'm down, when I'm up, no matter what happens. What I'm sure is, I can always count on ya."
When I listened to the audio snippet of this album, "Climax" (Track 4) was the song I anticipated the most among all the tracks. Produced by Min Hyuk, "Climax" is an alternative ballad that expresses the pain of having a hard time letting go. Chang Sub, Sung Jae and Hyun Sik's voices in the chorus are strong and soulful to show the feelings of desperation and suffering. Min Hyuk's part and Peniel's English rap are performed over intense beats and in an outpouring tone that make the song sound even better. "Climax" is definitely the type of song that would fill your eyes with tears even if you understand none of the lyrics!
Acoustic pop "Butterfly" (Track 3) is another song penned by Il Hoon. The soothing acoustic guitar sounds make the whole world turn overwhelmingly peaceful and silent. Besides Il Hoon as the primary producer, Min Hyuk and Peniel participated in writing the beautiful lyrics for the song. They took the scenario of an elegant butterfly resting on a page of a book and then flying again to symbolize the precious memories between former lovers. "Butterfly" sounds like a ballad from a K-indie acoustic band.
BTOB has succeeded in creating another autumn hit with "Beautiful Pain" in Hour Moment. Counting their progress, popularity and achievements over the years, they are undoubtedly the best idol group when it comes to "autumn ballads." Can you believe these beautiful melodies and lyrics are all produced by the BTOB members? So proud of these talented and hardworking young men!