SINGAPORE – Despite having solely a passing familiarity with Winner’s songs, I loved their concert, held on the Max Pavilion on Saturday (Nov three), completely.
The 4 members of the group – Yoon, Mino, Hoony and Jinu – gave utterly assured performances, partially, I consider, as a result of they weren’t hung up on being good.
They had wiggle room to be themselves and so they did. They ran across the stage, sat down on the edges, bobbed to the music and, at one level, tried to squeeze a rubber rooster in tune to their music.
They won’t have hewed carefully to each final element, however they prioritised a dwell efficiency and immersed themselves within the time they’d with the viewers current. That made the concert enjoyable and a breeze to observe.
This is to not say that the members in anyway did a sloppy job. In reality, they’re extremely proficient.
Vocalist Yoon, for one, really blew me away together with his singing, which didn’t falter although he needed to maintain doing it dwell for important parts of each music. He pulled off climatic excessive notes and landed superbly on softer components of songs and maintained a strong voice all through.
The concert did an incredible job displaying off his particular person skills. His solo efficiency gave him the possibility to play the guitar and likewise sing Troye Sivan, with out the backing of any music.
Other members had been additionally given an opportunity to shine as the complete second act of the concert was devoted to solo performances. Hoony, together with his pink hair, flaunted his dancing chops to Ringa Linga (a tune by his YG senior Taeyang of Big Bang) whereas Mino rapped his manner by means of a sensual, horny efficiency with swagger and a darkish purple blazer.
Jinu utilized his candy, ethereal vocals to his senior G-Dragon’s ballad Untitled, 2014, a haunting and heartbreaking monitor for his solo.
Aside from the inherent worth of the performances, the concert was additionally well-produced.
A high-quality Korean drama-esque video phase sandwiched within the concert confirmed the boys taking part in totally different characters and even cross-dressing, which followers beloved.
The set was separated into two ranges, permitting the members to have totally different factors of entry onstage. There had been additionally a number of layers of sunshine making for extra dramatic results. One of observe is a downpour impact taking part in along with a repeating music lyric about rain, which I assumed was well-done.
Costumes started with a crisp white and blue theme because the group performed extra of their laidback songs and altered to brighter colors and busier patterns because the concert kicked into excessive gear afterward with extra dance-heavy numbers. And as a result of Ok-pop idols are Ok-pop idols, they managed the ever-tricky white skinny pants and rarely-attempted sequined skinny pants with aplomb.
The two issues I wanted might have been improved upon is, firstly, the sound system. It was usually loud and jarring, and distracted from some performances. Secondly, that translucent turtleneck Jinu wore at one level is ridiculous.
Still, Winner will go down as one of many Ok-pop concert events I loved essentially the most this yr.