Gearing Up for SEVENTEEN’s Comeback!
An in-depth guide to SEVENTEEN’s discography so far!
Understand SEVENTEEN’s music unlike ever before with this ongoing essay series!
“The Artistry of SEVENTEEN”
“Their discography challenges preconceived notions about what artists can or cannot combine while keeping a core message intact… SEVENTEEN’s music paints complicated and nuanced pictures of all the pain and passion that go into being human.”
“What SEVENTEEN’s Music is Saying”
“SEVENTEEN’s discography is both a celebration and a critique of language… In the end, what matters even more than the messages are the actions taken as a result of those messages.”
“Attacca Album Review: SEVENTEEN at Their Best”
“‘Rock with you’ is full of nods to previous SEVENTEEN music videos. The opening image on the screen of the video’s teaser says ‘Boyhood,’ which summarizes the theme of their debut album. Previous settings also make a reappearance: there are rooftop scenes like in ‘Oh My!,’ a parking garage similar to the setting in ‘Happy Ending,’ and music-making equipment surrounding Woozi like in ‘BOOMBOOM.’”
“SEVENTEEN’s Face the Sun: Album Review”
“Reaching out towards the camera to grab the coin gives ‘HOT’ an interactive feel, and this approach to storytelling is nothing new for them. For example, in ‘HIGHLIGHT,’ Jun points up to the sky, prompting the others to turn and walk away from the camera. In ‘HOME;RUN,’ Woozi throws a diamond in the air, and it lands in the next scene…”
“17 Takeaways from SECTOR 17”
“The ‘Power of Love’ Era is proven to have been a seamless precursor to the ‘Face the Sun’ Era: the power of love appears to have been the tool needed for the members to face the sun and enter a new world of possibilities. Part of the text on the screen during a ‘Power of Love’ Era teaser video seems to have foreshadowed this connection between eras: ‘Love is the light that shines on us.’”
“Dissecting SEVENTEEN’s Song and Album Titles”
“One of SEVENTEEN’s album titles is Teen, Age, rather than Teenage, and choosing to separate parts of the word ‘teenage’ represents their desire to not treat them as one and the same. They seek to treat being a ‘teen’ as not requiring a certain ‘age.’ This interpretation is additionally supported by their decision to title the album’s outro ‘Incompletion,’ as well as their continuation of this theme in ‘Kidult’ years later…”
“A Lyrical Exploration of SEVENTEEN’s Storytelling”
“SEVENTEEN compare choosing which words to use when talking to a crush to picking the perfect flower… ‘Smile Flower’ likens a smile to a blooming flower… ‘Flower’ insists that getting pricked by someone’s ‘thorns’ is a price worth paying for their love. And ‘Fallin’ Flower’ addresses growth… Each stage of a flower’s life is not just referenced in SEVENTEEN's lyrics, but in the ‘Fallin’ Flower’ choreography too…”
“A Guide to SEVENTEEN’s Choreography”
“The 8 and Hoshi dance together while chained to one another in ‘Fallin’ Flower.’ They manage to break the chains that join them early on, but Wonwoo is then seen tangled up too. The duo cannot win their independence without taking it away from someone else.”
“A Guide to SEVENTEEN’s Music Video Settings and Key Props”
“In close-up shots of one wall with a hole in it, white threads are seen as the only attempt to tie the sides back together again. Evidence of a feeble effort is the template placed in front of the image of a lonely Joshua, oblivious to the fact an escape and companionship are so close.”
“The Changing Lenses in SEVENTEEN’s Music Videos”
“The lighting does not always serve to complement a different symbol; sometimes the lighting is the symbol. In ‘Home,’ the members who were once scattered in different locations unite in the same room after Seungkwan turns on a light. The scene then features countless other bright lights… downright glowing compared to the lighting in the rooms where the members had stood on their own. Fittingly, the room that radiates warmth and a welcoming spirit is the one resembling home.”
Catch up on episodes of “17 Talk” wherever you get your podcasts or here, and stay tuned for lots more when it’s time to celebrate SEVENTEEN’s spring comeback!
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