SPICA’s Bohyung Reminds People That She Can Carry A Tune With Cover Of Adele’s “Hello”

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For reasons that are as unfathomable as they are unforgivable, this blog didn’t have the time to go over the very welcomed news last month that SPICA, they of angel-like voices and indifferently-met singles, will reportedly be making a comeback in April.

The group hasn’t released any singles since 2014 (their last one being the run-of-the-mill but typically-excellently-sung “Ghost”) and haven’t released a mini-album since 2012. In other words, several K-Pop lifetimes have come and gone since SPICA was last A Thing and a small refresher course in the awesomeness of SPICA would be needed to stoke whatever embers of hype remain for the quintet. With that in mind, it’s not that surprising that CJ E&M has now released this clip of SPICA vocal goddess Bohyung doing her thing to Adele’s “Hello.”

Adele covers are tricky things to get right because A.) they’re about as cliche and overdone as teenage dystopian fiction and B.) pretty much everyone and everything pales in comparison to Adele herself.  While Bohyung doesn’t quite manage to dodge either of those criticisms with her straight-forward take on “Hello,” the cover does a fairly great job of showcasing the singing prowess for which Bohyung is sadly underrated and it allows CJ E&M to make a small media play in preparation for a comeback that, if history is any indication, isn’t likely to be a guaranteed hit. (The fact that SPICA’s most successful single “Tonight” peaked at number 10 on Gaon charts is down-right criminal.)

The odds of SPICA’s comeback setting the world on fire are small (the huge break between comebacks hurts as does the fact that the SPICA’s calling card of fantastic singing set to more adult-oriented pop has more or less been claimed by the far more successful Mamamoo in SPICA’s absence) but at least this rendition of “Hello” shows that Bohyung hasn’t lost a step during the group’s hiatus.

Now, let’s see some teasers for an actual single so that I may endlessly gush and fret about them leading up to whatever glorious comeback SPICA has in store for Planet K-Pop.

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2 comments

  1. It’s too bad when really great talents end up at companies that don’t seem to grasp how to really promote them well or just don’t have the money to do it right, so they can’t really execute on the strategy. It’s so easy to get drowned out in all the noise of the music industry unless you get lucky enough to find influential champions in the music media who can do more than just write or talk about how great you are, but can actually help get you positioned to be recognized not just critically, but commercially. SPICA’s long layoff could hurt them, but it’s always possible that they manage to finally get a song that catches fire with the public. It will be hard though.

    1. I believe I realized that SPICA wasn’t going to be destined for great things when their momentum seemed to peak with “Tonight” (which is one of my favorite K-Pop songs evaaar). Hopefully, they have a few more lives left in them.

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