After releasing the rocky Let It Be Summer last week, Young K is back with the title track to his first full album. Nothing But (이것밖에는 없다) tones things down, echoing the more pensive guitar rock of his band DAY6. I’m sure longtime fans will be delighted to hear this sound make a return, but I was hoping for something more distinctive from his solo work.
DAY6 have released a ton of stronger songs in this style, making Nothing But feel a bit like an afterthought. Young K has proven his songwriting bonafides time and time again, so it’s no surprise the track is solid and polished. There’s a palpable sense of emotion throughout as Nothing But ebbs and flows in all the right places. However, it’s lacking the compelling, evocative melodies that could transform it into something special.