Despite debuted just over two years ago, AB6IX are already releasing their second full-length album. From its title Mo’ Complete, you get the sense the group is laying it all on the line, and that includes the first Lee Daehwi-composed title track since last year’s Salute. Cherry is the brightest, most cheerful single they’ve ever promoted, falling in line with 2021’s love of upbeat funk disco confections.
This style will always be a treat, and I love how Cherry’s instrumental remains exuberant all the way through. We’ve come to expect a certain ebb and flow in K-pop title tracks, where segments like the pre-chorus and second verse often lull in energy. Cherry is having none of this, and refuses to let the party stop. This is a total asset. I mean, who wants to stop dancing in the middle of a dance track? Frankly, I’d take a whole hour of this effusive rhythm guitar, bright synth and celebratory brass.
If Cherry disappoints in any way, its melody is the culprit. The song itself is engaging and exciting, but doesn’t quite find that knockout hook that would send it over the top. The “you’re my cherry on top” chant is used too often without modulation. It’s better-placed at the start of Woojin’s standout rap bridge. Meanwhile, the verses feel largely throwaway. It’s not until we hit the pre-chorus that Cherry starts to take shape. The melody here is breezy and fun and leads into a solid chorus. I feel like we’ve heard this refrain before, but its warmth pairs wonderfully with the splashy instrumental. And given its undeniable energy, I have a feeling Cherry’s going to age very well.