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After a three-year ride, NCT Dream was supposed to face a huge lineup change with Renjun, Jeno, Hae Chan and Jae Min's graduation this year. Back in November 2019, they held their first concert tour The Dream Show, which became a sea of tears just from the thought that it was their last OT6 concert. Thankfully, SM Entertainment decided to keep them as a rotational unit with Mark rejoining the team. Though the concert unfortunately doesn't include Mark, The Dream Show still represents and records the remarkable three-year journey of NCT Dream.
From their bubblegum pop debut single Chewing Gum to their 2019 hit BOOM, NCT Dream pretty much performed all their songs released over the past three years. The concert started off edgy and fiery with their powerful Go, Drippin' and 119, and then continued with upbeat numbers like We Go Up, Dunk Shot, Dream Run and Best Friend that let their youthful vibes shine. The boys also brought the acoustic version of Walk You Home and live stages of their special singles Don't Need Your Love and Fireflies. It feels weird to listen to Mark's "graduation song" Candle Light without his voice, but Chenle, Ji Sung, Jeno and Jae Min pulled off his parts very well. And let's not forget that with this live album, we're finally getting the official audio of We Young and My First and Last with Jae Min's voice!
Besides the live album, this set also comes with a photobook that captures the memorable moments of the concert, along with exclusive interviews with the boys (and even their handwritten notes!). Apart from concert-related content, they also shared their favorite lyrics from their songs, the words that appeared on their minds during the concert, the food they wanted to eat while preparing for The Dream Show, the most used emoticons in their chatroom, and many more "TMIs" and cute drawings in the photobook.
We all wished it was a dream that would never end, and now it's finally come true! From a project group to a half-fixed unit, NCT Dream has come so far to show their musical and personal growth, and their value as a seven-member group. As a fan, I have mixed feelings while listening to only six members singing their old releases, but at the same time, I'm relieved that they will be able to promote together again under the title of NCT Dream in the future. Looking forward to seeing NCT Dream's comeback with the full seven-member lineup soon!