I missed the hype that was IOI but I do know of CHUNGHA. Her last comeback before her most recent one was pretty good but I was interested to see what direction she was going to go in this time around. Going for a girl group – regardless of the imminent disbanding of IOI – to a solo artist is a great way to become instantly successful. She’s already earned fans through Produce 101 so her popularity is bound to increase the more and more comebacks she has.
Being released on 17 January 2018, Offset was the second solo comeback from CHUNGHA with title track “Rollercoaster”. As I mentioned above, I was late to the IOI train so I don’t have any preconceived notions or impressions of the individual members from the group. I do know their title tracks as a group were catchy as hell but aside from “Whatta Man”, none of their titles were a stand out for me.
I wasn’t a fan of “Rollercoaster” but I do think there were a couple other tracks off the album that would’ve been good title tracks as well – purely based off my particular music tastes of course.
I do know she promoted “Offset” alongside “Rollercoaster” and I do like the first track a lot. I enjoy how it’s simplistic enough to start off an album but also complex enough to sound interesting. This song is what I would call ‘experimental’. I use this word a lot when referring to song that incorporate different elements and have a more complex melody and song production. It was a fantastic way to start off an album.
My favourite songs off this EP are “Do It” and “Bad Boy” – “Do It” in particular. The song starts off with a reggae base with plenty of space in the pockets to give it a more relaxed and summer kind of vibe. The song does progress to a lot more intense in the chorus while CHUNGHA showcases her strong and powerful vocal skills. I enjoy songs like this a lot and this is one of the songs I feel could’ve been a great title track.
All in all, I did like this album a lot. To the point where my opinion on CHUNGHA has improved since her first solo EP. As I mentioned at the start, her first comeback was good but I definitely prefer this comeback a lot more. She sounds extremely confident and I think she’s already established her own sound and direction.
TOTAL SCORE: 8/10