9Muses Come Back with a Vengeance in “Remember”

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9Muses are perhaps one of the most consistent girl groups in Kpop, but with absolutely nothing to show for it beyond a cult following and the reputation of “most underrated girl group.” I’ve been following them ever since their glittery 80s throwback, “News” and energetic “Ticket” hit the scene, and save for a couple duds they’re my favorite girl group ever.

On top of being the most underrated girl group, 9Muses is known for having more member changes than you can shake a stick at. The first thing that may come to mind is “why are they called 9Muses when there are only four members,” and at this point the only thing I could tell you is it’s all about brand value. Most recently, the subgroup 9Muses A (which, ironically, was the first group I ever wrote a blog post about) just became 9Muses since Sungah for whatever reason is out of the picture, and there are only two original members remaining.

However, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that “Remember” is the best track 9Muses have had in years.

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9Muses A Makes Their Debut With “Lip 2 Lip”

I feel weird about this sub-unit for a couple of reasons.

For one thing, it feels like a rushed endeavor in order to fill the space after members Euaerin and Minha left the group this past June, leaving the group at only six members. The second thing is the fact that I still haven’t quite warmed up to Keumjo, who seems to stand out like a sore thumb in the group, and she ended up being in this project.

If I’m thinking about this from a commercial standpoint, it makes sense that Star Empire would attempt a sub-unit while they think about replacing the members to bring it back to a nine-member line-up. It’s throwing a bone for the fans who have been waiting for a comeback since “Sleepless Night,” from this past November.

Unfortunately, “Lip 2 Lip” didn’t live up to my expectations.

Now, don’t get me wrong. The song is not a bad one. In fact, it’s a rather decent slice of Kpop, and the “la li la” part of the chorus is not too bad. At the same time, though, this is a sub-unit from an established group, and the song feels like something that would be given to an unknown group from an unknown company. It’s truly too bad because with the revolving door of member changes, 9Muses really needs a boost right now, even if it comes in the for of a sub-unit.