Korean boy band WINNER released their second LP EVERYD4Y on Wednesday. Containing 12 tracks, it comes four years after the quartet’s first full-length album 2014 S/S, the band’s debut album that peaked at No. 1 on the World Albums chart upon its released in 2014.
EVERYD4Y is fronted by a breezy trap track of the same name, co-written by members Yoon (Kang Seungyoon) and Hoony (Lee Seunghoon). “Everyday” drapes WINNER’s vocals in Auto-Tune and amps up paunchy percussion to match the swaggering vibe of the tune. Paired with a music video filmed on the beach and poolside, “Everyday” is a summertime banger about taking advantage of each day of one’s life.
Overall, the EVERYD4Y album serves as an exploration of WINNER’s style, blending their earliest leanings as pop balladeers and rockers with their more recent shift towards tropical house. “Everyday” leads into the breezy future bass of “Air” and the trop of “Hello,” which in turn is followed by Mino’s smooth, alt-R&B solo “Turn Off the Light.”
The playful groove of “La La” sits alongside the bossa nova-inspired “For,” which sounds like it came straight out of S/S 2014, and the wistful, soaring rock-infused ballad “We Were.” Meanwhile, Auto-Tune makes a dramatic return on the “Luxury,” which is the stylistic sibling to “Everyday” but with the quirky electropop melodies turned up a notch. The eclectic “Movie Star” and the disco funk of “Special Night,” close out the album’s original tracks, though EVERYD4Y ends with “Raining” and “Have A Good Day,” two songs originally released in Japanese; the former is an instrumental-based softrock break-up track while the latter is a lilting ode to a person who has passed away.
Each of the songs on WINNER’s latest album was co-written by members of the act, with Yoon, Hoony, and Mino taking the lead. In an interview with Yonhap, the band revealed that the songs were written throughout the past four years.