Around six months after their previous release, Seventeen is back with their second full album, “Teen, Age.” The album, which consists of thirteen tracks and a wide variety of genres, was released on November 6th, shortly after the group completed their world tour, Diamond Edge.
The title track for the album, Clap, is nothing like the group has done before. With an edgier tone and “darker” image, the group has once again surprised their fans with their versatility. Check out C.H.D’s review of Clap below!
The lyrics for Clap are as uplifting as the song is upbeat. Starting off slow with a reassurance to fans that it's okay to run into complications and hardships, the song reminds Carats that sometimes it's best to just forget and have fun; to let loose. While we all live our day-to-day lives working, going to school, etc., the group wants you to have a little bit of freedom just for the duration of the song. "Over there, come here. Let's have fun 'till the song is over. Clap your hands!" Even if you have to go back to work after the song, the group doesn’t fail to remind you to keep your head up and keep pushing forward without forgetting to take time to relax. "Have some courage today, get under the blanket and scream.”
Just like their previous release, Don’t Wanna Cry, the best part about the lyrics are the subtle changes they make. In the beginning of the song, it’s “clap ‘till your hands are on fire,” but in the final chorus, it changes into “one more time, let's put out that fire in your hands." The song progresses from previously mentioned "'till the song is over, clap your hands," to "the song is ending, clap." The way they’re written makes the song feel as if it’s a conversation between the group and the fans, and has somewhat turned into a signature writing style for the group.
Known as the self-producing idols, it’s no surprise that member Woozi, along with fellow Pledis Entertainment artist Bumzu, wrote the lyrics for the title track. Aside from the usual of just Woozi, however, members Jeonghan, Hoshi, Mingyu, DK, and Seungkwan also took part in writing the lyrics for Clap, and many members also participated in writing and composing several songs on the new album. For example, Vernon helped compose hip hop team's unit song, Trauma, and lyrics for the song Campfire were written by Woozi and Bumzu, as well as S.Coups, Jeonghan, Wonwoo, The8, Mingyu, DK, Seungkwan, and Vernon.
All of the songs on this album have completely different instrumentals with a variety of styles, and range from edgier to simple, acoustic songs. While no official instrumental has been released yet, we can still draw the conclusion that the instrumental of this song fits perfectly with the lyrics and the energy of the dance. Composed by Woozi and Bumzu, the song definitely has a darker, rock vibe to it than any of the group’s previous releases, and the pairing of the lyrics encouraging fans to let loose paired with the guitar riffs in the song will make anyone want to stand up and dance. Although this type of song is a little unexpected of Seventeen, it somehow still fits their musical color just right.
#3. Delivery (vocals/rap)
It’s really no surprise that Seventeen performed the song with ease, from their choreography to their rap and vocals. The song features powerful vocals from all thirteen members, including Jeonghan and Joshua, who are usually known for their softer tones. The song also features strong, smooth raps from the hip hop unit, and performance team member Dino, with each member delivering their part with their own unique style. With each member showing off their own vocal color, it comes as a pleasant surprise that we’re able to hear each member sing at least one part during the song. The usually left-out China line, or The8 and Jun, are able to be heard by fans, even if it’s just for a short while! As a matter of fact, the song even ends with Jun. Although, as always, the line distribution is something that could use improvement, we can clearly see why each member got the part they did, as each part fits each member’s voice perfectly.
Seventeen is known for their amazing choreography, usually choreographed by Hoshi. This time around, the member and choreographer mentioned that he made the choreography easier, so Carats can dance along. Although it is visibly easier than their previous dances, Hoshi doesn’t fail to amaze us with the details in his clean-cut choreography. With the dance practice video released to thank Carats for five million views on the music video, we can see the dance well enough to catch on to the easy, dance-along moves, and to watch the slightly more difficult moves executed perfectly by the members. From the subtle finger heart dance, to the several jumps incorporated with the moves, this choreography is the perfect balance of simple yet impactful.
Bonus: Besides Clap, the group has also been promoting song Without You, the third song off the album. Without You connects perfectly with Don’t Wanna Cry, and alludes to the song’s choreography several times, with the beginning pose being the ending pose of the former release, and another streetlight choreography. The dance is much simpler than previous dances, but much more lyrical, and the contemporary style is unlike any of Seventeen’s other dances. Going well with the soft flow of the music and melancholy vibe of the song, this choreography is another highlight for this promotional period.
#5. Music Video
Contrary to our previous review on song Don’t Wanna Cry, the music video for Clap is one of the best things about this comeback. Prior to the release of Clap, the group pre-released music videos for Trauma, performance team’s Lillili Yabbay, vocal team’s Pinwheel, and the leaders’ Change Up, and all four come together in the video for Clap.
With the same director, Beomjin of VM Project, for Don’t Wanna Cry, it’s a little surprising just how well put together the concept of these music videos really is. Don’t get me wrong, the video for Don’t Wanna Cry was amazing, but it lacked concept. With Clap, however, the concept is obvious and very well executed.
The video shows the members of Seventeen working for a company, Specialized Videotape Technology, Inc., and working on creating new music videos. As it’s a videotape company, fans get a glimpse at VHS tapes labeled as each units’ song title, and get to see the group “creating” different sets that are seen in the videos. There are elements from each of the unit MVs and the leaders’ video in Clap, but it doesn’t stop there. With a genius concept for the self-producing idols to be “producing” their own music videos, it’s not all serious work only, either. The video also incorporates a lot of silly humor, including having Hoshi as the boss and only approving his performance team’s video, which leads to him being attacked by the group as a whole.
Another small but notable detail in the video would be the color scheme. It’s no secret that Seventeen’s official colors are Rose Quartz and Serenity, but unlike other releases, we didn’t get much of those two colors in Clap. Fans were curious as to why the green and orange color scheme began with the first music video release of Change Up, but were quick to figure out the key – when inverted, the shades of orange and green used in the videos for Change Up and Clap turn into none other than Rose Quartz and Serenity! Little details like this, along with the entire concept of the five music videos put together, really make this one of the most unforgettable aspects of this entire comeback.
In conclusion, Seventeen has done an amazing job showing off their skills once again. From the different genres of music present in the album, to the unique choreography, the group has not only shown off their talent, but their versatility as well. With a completely new, more mature style, Clap (and their entire second full album, Teen, Age, in general) is truly a masterpiece, and has left us already looking forward to their next release.
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