HA:TFELT's first single, "Ain't Nobody" (which may or may not be a slight jab at one of Wonder Girls' biggest hits "Nobody," which broke into the Hot 100), is an intense introduction to the new Yenny. The track opens with simple piano and subtle percussion backing the singer's soft delivery. But like a sonic shot of Everclear, the track's quiet tone bolts into a loud, hard-hitting dubstep chorus with screeching synths and wub-wubs featuring Yenny's voice jumping from chesty belts to fluttery high notes. But just like that, the fiery chorus glides into a brilliant trap breakdown with the rest of the track moving from section to section with different electronic embellishments.
The quick jumping of genres and vocal stylings are extremely reminiscent of Sia's brilliant hit "Chandelier," which has found its way onto radio and into listeners' hearts despite (or because of) its wild vocal runs. Appropriately enough, both Sia and Yenny wrote their respective singles, making their performances all the more personal and special.
Another Sia comparison comes in the "Ain't Nobody" video, which sees Yenny dancing out her emotions as her guy chooses another woman over her. Like the interpretive dance from "Dance Moms" star Maddie Ziegler in "Chandelier," Yenny gorgeously spins, falls and twirls with her free-form choreography, which takes her from an apartment to the New York City streets and a building stairwell.
Ultimately, HA:TFELT shows Yenny taking risks with her music and image. The Usher fanatic could have come back with a safe pop tune or ballad, but she chose an intense, genre-defying creation. She could have prepared a fun dance routine, but she went for freestyle choreography. Yenny could have even shied away from the dubstep -- it's been a part of K-pop for years now -- but the decision ends up adding an intensity to Yenny's emotional belts, presumably an artistic decision.
All in all, it's great to have the Wonder Girl back...but it's also great to have her as HA:TFELT. Here's to hoping the other girls can return in an equally enthralling and graceful way.