If Why saw the songstress delving into the waters of tropical EDM, the titular track here is a swing at the neo-soul direction. The title is pretty self-explanatory and sums up the mini album – something, well… new.
Opening with Imogen Heap-like vocal layers, the opening track soon metamorphises into a funky R&B-esque middle. Save for the “na na nas” in the chorus, the song doesn’t immediately hook one in. It’s a satisfyingly artistic gamble that extends Taeyeon’s artistry – but one that probably won’t win her any new fans.
Something New is neither remotely catchy like any of Girls’ Generation’s bubblegum pop fusions nor does it boast any vocal acrobatics along the veins of Fine. And there lies the rather humdrum quality of the track. Taeyeon is best known for vocal prowess, and to see that toned down in the lead single is a missed opportunity.
In fact, the rest of Something New is devoid of any wow moments. Despite being easy on the ears, the collaboration with labelmate Lucas (of NCT fame) on the reggae-tinged All Night Long sounds like dull tropical wannabe no thanks to lacklustre instrumentation and tepid rapping.
Elsewhere, Taeyeon’s vocals shine through on the rather standard ballad One Day. It’s only on Circus – the final non-instrumental track on the record – where Taeyeon finally finds the balance between voice and artistry.