A lot has changed for WINNER since 2016’s Exit : E EP. Following Nam Taehyun’s departure from the group in November, the single album Fate Number For emphasizes the act’s new beginning as a foursome.
Released on Tuesday (April 4), the relaxed house track “Really Really” and the reflective “Fool” mark the first new music WINNER has put out since last February -- a lifetime in the fast-paced K-pop industry. The piano melodies and building harmonies of “Fool” recall the sentimentality of the group’s incredibly popular debut album 2014 S/S, while “Really Really” turns WINNER away from the pop-rock sound they’ve most recently pursued with its propulsive dance beat.
The two singles retain WINNER’s emotive styling, alleviating concerns that the absence of lead vocalist Nam would diminish the group’s musicality. YG Entertainment announced the singer’s departure last November in the same press release that revealed 2NE1’s breakup, stating that Nam’s ongoing battle with mental health issues was affecting WINNER’s career.