K-pop boy band NCT 127 returned Tuesday (April 16) with their second Japanese LP, Awaken.
Preceded by the release of their single “Wakey-Wakey” and its music video last month, Awaken comes just under a year since NCT 127's prior Japanese project, last year's Chain EP, which was released in May. The new album features a total of 12 tracks.
Led by the propulsive trills of the single “Wakey-Wakey,” Awaken also features last year’s single “Chain,” Japanese versions of past releases “Limitless” and “Touch,” the original Korean versions of “Fire Truck” and “Cherry Bomb,” and the English variant of “Regular.” But while it puts the act’s older songs on display, Awaken doesn’t spare any punches with its handful of brand-new content. The album is one of the group’s best productions to date, with each original track offering up tightly produced sounds that are all at once captivating and seve as a platform to highlight each member's distinct vocal delivery.