Exclusive Review : 10 – 2 = 10! UP10TION “The Moment of Illusion” Mini Album Showcase
TOP Media’s boy group, UP10TION had experienced a rollercoaster ride in the first half of this year as 2 of the members appeared on Mnet’s famous survival program, ‘PRODUCE X 101’.
Despite the controversy that is ongoing of the program itself, Lee JinHyuk and Kim WooSeok showed their charm and talents to the audience and have become successful in their own ways. WooShin(Kim WooSeok) became the part of the upcoming group, “X-1” and JinHyuk is preparing for his first-ever solo debut.
For the group, this is both a happy and sad transition for them since they now are lacking two members in the group.
The reporter asked when will JinHyuk be joining back with the group, Kuhn answered, “We are planned to stay as an eight-membered group for the second half of 2019. We’re not sure when JinHyuk will be joining back with the group for now but we are still UP10TION.”
On August 22nd, the group made their comeback with the mini-album, “The Moment of Illusion” and the title song, “Your Gravity”. Today, Kpopmap attended the showcase to see how the transition affected the group’s new start so let’s find out what they have in stored for us!
“This is our first mini-album as an 8 membered group but we have worked and prepared hard for this and I hope the audience would love what we show for this album.” the leader, JinHoo said.
The album, “The Moment of Illusion” consists of six songs including, “Sky Surfer”, “Look at Me”, “Skyway”, “Restore”, “Lover” and the title, “Your Gravity”. This mini-album has two versions which are “Moment” and “Illusion”.
The “Moment” shows a more refreshing, lemon-like citrusy side of the boys and it comes in teal green. The other version “Illusion” expresses the chic side of the boys coming in black and white.
The song, “Your Gravity”(Composed by OBROS, CHKmate, MAYFLY, Hide Vill), as you can see it in the title, is about a strong irresistible power(Gravity) that cannot be compared to others. It contains a message that, like the irresistible gravity, the love I have cannot be changed by any other things.
The song itself is an exciting dance-pop genre, composed with a piano intro mixing it up with an addictive chorus and builds the energy to its peak in the end. The song sure wants to make you want to dance.
The performance? I’m sure many of you know what the group is known for and that is, of course, their restless, well-synched choreography. They may be a group that’s been around since 2015, but their performance is still as powerful as they first debuted.
Let me just say, their kalGunMu is something else. Every move changes are in almost every downbeat and it’s so dynamic! Every bit of their performance is worth a watch.
However, JinHyuk kept his group members on edge.
“We have this group chat with all the members in it and every time we upload our practice videos, he would give us advice on what to change or improve in our performance,” JinHoo said.
When asked how they felt about WooShin, being in the part of X-1, SunYeol replied, “He’s our family so it’s a bit hard that he’s currently not with us. However, it still is a great opportunity for him and we know how hard he tried so we’re all purely happy for him!”
The showcase was wrapped with a heartwarming cheer for the members who are not with them and after watching their performance, I can tell that the group had prepared a lot harder to fill in the gap.
With that, we wish UP10TION all the best with their mini-album and their upcoming journey!