Back at it again with the SkzReplay Album Review Part 2! It’s been a couple months since I posted the first part of this album review, so be sure to check it out here if you haven’t yet. Not only will I be reviewing the remaining songs from the album in this post, but I’ll be doing an overall review of the album as a whole at the end. Without further ado, let’s get back to reviewing!
Refresher on SkzReplay & Stray Kids
For those of you who don’t remember, SkzReplay is a studio album the K-Pop boy group Stray Kids (스트레이 키즈) released on December 21, 2022. It’s split into two discs with Disc 1 having 10 songs, almost all completely new, and Disc 2 having 15 songs. A total of 16 songs from both discs had been previously released on another platform before this album’s release, meaning nine songs were new releases. many of the previously released songs were released as a part of the series’ Skz-Player and Skz-RECORD on the Stray Kids Official YouTube Channel.
The title track, so to speak, of SkzReplay, is the song FAM (Kor. Version), which was previously released in Japanese on the group’s Japanese album ALL IN. The only other song previously released that wasn’t a part of the aforementioned series’ on the group’s YouTube channel is the song #LoveSTAY. It was released as a gift from the members of Stray Kids to their fans, STAY.
Here is a list of the Stray Kids members from oldest to youngest as a refresher:
Bang Chan – 방찬 Lee Know (Minho) – 리노 (민호) Changbin – 창빈 Hyunjin – 현진
Han (Jisung) – 한 (지성) Felix – (필릭스) Seungmin – 승민 I.N. (Jeongin) – 아이엔 (정인)
Below is a list of the songs and which disc of the album they’re featured on. Next to each song title is the name, or names, of the members who featured in it. OT8 means that the song was a group song, though there are only two of these songs, both on Disc 1.
Disc 1 Songs
FAM (Korean Version)- OT8 Connected- Bang Chan Limbo (나지막이)- Lee Know DOODLE- Changbin Love Untold- Hyunjin RUN- Han Deep End- Felix Stars and Raindrops (내려요)- Seungmin Hug Me (안아줄게요)- I.N. #LoveSTAY- OT8
Disc 2 Songs
ZONE- 3racha Close- Han Streetlight- Changbin, Chan i hate to admit (인정하기 싫어)- Chan I GOT IT- Han miss you (꼬마별)- Hyunjin Maknae On Top (막내온탑)- I.N., Changbin, Chan Alien (외계인)- Han Because (좋으니까)- Changbin, Felix Piece of a Puzzle (조각)- Seungmin, Changbin Wish You Back- Han HaPpY- Han Up All Night (오늘 밤 나는 불을 켜)- Chan, Changbin, Felix, Seungmin Drive- Chan, Lee Know ice.cream- Hyunjin
Disc 1 Average Ratings
FAM (Korean Ver)
Length: 3:33 Members Featured: All Average Rating: 7/10
Length: 2:51 Members Featured: Bang Chan Average Rating: 7/10
Length: 3:17 Members Featured: Lee Know Average Rating: 8.5/10
Length: 3:04 Members Featured: Changbin Average Rating: 7.5/10
Length: 3:30 Members Featured: Hyunjin Average Rating: 8/10
Length: 2:58 Members Featured: Han Average Rating: 7.5/10
Length: 3:28 Members Featured: Felix Average Rating: 8.5/10
Stars and Raindrops (내려요)
Length: 3:49 What Members Are Featured: Seungmin Average Rating: 8/10
Hug Me (안아줄게오)
Length: 3:00 Members Featured: I.N. Average Rating: 7.5/10
Length: 3:17 Members Featured: All Average Rating: 8/10
Disc 2 Reviews
In the first part of this album review, I reviewed and rated the first 10 songs of the album (collectively Disc 1). Similarly, in this post, I’ll be reviewing and rating the remaining 15 songs of the album (collectively Disc 2). Just as with the first post and Disc 1 songs, I will be using the English translated lyrics from Genius Lyrics. After each song from Disc 2 has been rated, I’ll do a comprehensive review and average rating of the album itself at the end of this post. Also, keep in mind, for the average ratings, I round to the nearest half (i.e. 7.5 or 8).
This song was originally released as a part of the series’ Skz-Player on September 9, 2018. It features Stray Kids’ main production team, collectively known as 3RACHA. 3RACHA includes members Bang Chan, Changbin, and Han. Each of these members can rap very well, meaning this song is one full of charisma. 3RACHA songs tend to have an air to them that says, “We’re the best of the best, and no one can stop us,” and Zone is no exception. This vibe makes this song very interesting to listen to, and it’s personally one of my favorite songs for 3RACHA to perform live.
I’m a huge sucker for 3RACHA songs, so it’s no surprise to me that this song has such a high ranking. While it’s definitely not one of my favorites from them, or from the album as a whole, I do love vibing to it. The lyrics are incredible. There really aren’t any words to properly describe them, so you’ll just have to go read them yourself. The only things I didn’t like too much about this song were the backing vocals and the ending. The ending especially seemed very abrupt to me, and there was no bridge either to make it flow better.
So, as some of you may know, I’m Han-biased, meaning he’s my favorite member of the group. I always feel such a deep connection to his songs, especially his slower ones with more vocals. Close was first released as a part of the Skz-Player series on May 7, 2020. This song is definitely in my top five of the album, mostly because you can just feel Han’s emotions pouring out through the lyrics.
This was one of the first Han solo songs I ever listened to, and because of that, it’ll always hold a special place in my heart. It’s just so nice to listen to, and it tells such a cute story of someone who has a crush but doesn’t really know how to go about handling it. It’s relatable for most everyone, I feel, so I’m sure a lot of you might like it, too. The bridge was sort of hard to differentiate from the second verse, so I wasn’t a huge fan of that. Overall, I really like this song, even if I am slightly biased.
This song is one of the slower ones on the album. Changbin doesn’t usually do slower songs like this, so I usually like when he does because he gets to show his softer side. Streetlight was released as a part of Skz-Player on May 16, 2020 on the group’s YouTube channel. It features Changbin and Bang Chan, which is one of my personal favorite member combos in Stray Kids. This song is very heartfelt, and I really enjoy listening to it when I’m in my feels.
I never really realized just how sad and heartfelt the lyrics for this song were until I read them while reviewing it. Despite their sadness, they’re still very relatable. This is one of those songs where you can just sit and listen to it on repeat. It’s just the right amount of catchy, and not the annoying kind. The bridge wasn’t my favorite because it was the same as the chorus, just with Bang Chan singing it instead and Changbin adding two lines (the same line repeated) in the background. I really do like this song overall, though, as that’s my only issue with it.
i hate to admit (인정하기 싫어)
Many of you probably don’t know this, but between early 2020 and early 2022, I took a break from being a hardcore Stay. During that time, I still listened to their title tracks they released, but I didn’t really add them to my playlist or actively watch performances or other content Stray Kids made. However, I vividly remember seeing this song on YouTube one day during that time and listening to it. It was originally released as a part of Skz-Record on May 29, 2020. It hit really close to home, and I immediately became obsessed with it. This is a pretty sad song about loss and betrayal, but it’s still so beautiful.
This song is one of the most beautiful songs on this album, in my opinion. It’s full of so much pain and heartbreak, but not necessarily in a sad way. Chan’s vocals are beautiful, as usual, and the composition of the song is amazing as well. I can feel his emotions as he sings, and I can feel the story behind the song. Stories told through songs are what make me fall in love with them most of the time as it is, so for this song to tell such a relatable story makes me hold it close to my heart. Overall, this is definitely my favorite Chan solo song, and one of my favorite songs from this disc of the album.
I GOT IT
This is a very hip-hop solo song by Han (Jisung). It’s all rap and no vocals (unless you count the vocalization of certain parts of the song), but I’m not necessarily opposed to that. It was originally released as a part of Skz-Record on Stray Kids’ YouTube channel on November 5, 2020. It’s very much a “diss the haters” kind of song, which I like. It’s very fun to vibe to, as well.
I’m not the biggest fan of this song overall, even though it is one of my bias’s solo songs. It’s got a nice groove to it, and I like the idea behind the lyrics, but there’s just something about it that I don’t really like much. It’s definitely not bad, but it’s probably my least favorite Han solo.
miss you (꼬마별)
This is the slowest of Hyunjin’s songs. It was originally released as a part of the YouTube series Skz-Player on December 20, 2020. He says a lot in an impressively small amount of words, yet still tells a complete story through the song in over three minutes. It’s a very soothing song that’s nice to listen to while doing pretty much anything. Hyunjin doesn’t show off his vocals often either, so when he does, it’s always really calming.
This is probably overall my favorite of Hyunjin’s solo songs, even though its rating is lower than Love Untold. I like how slow and calming it is; it brings me peace. This is definitely the kind of song I would listen to on a nice day while doing chores or while trying to fall asleep. There’s just something so gentle about Hyunjin’s vocals compared to his rapping and dancing that makes me enjoy listening to him sing a lot.
Maknae On Top (막내온탑)
Maknae On Top is a very fun song to listen to, especially if you know or understand what the song is talking about. It was originally released in music video form as a part of Skz-Player on January 15, 2021. It’s a unit song by I.N., featuring Changbin and Chan. For those of you who don’t know or don’t remember from the last post, I.N. is the youngest of Stray Kids, or maknae (막내) in Korean. This song is essentially talking about how the youngest rules over everything in a playful manner, with two of the older members, Chan and Changbin, bowing down to I.N.
Overall, this is a very fun song to dance around to. It’s very playful, and the lyrics and MV make for a fun time. This song may not be as iconic or funny to those who don’t know Stray Kids well, but for those of us who do, it’s such an amusing song. I.N. is usually a very polite, childish (in a good way), kind-hearted person. However, in this song and MV, he’s seen as a harsh, selfish king of sorts, and it’s just set up to be very comical. I really enjoy this song, so it’s no surprise to me that it has a higher rating, especially with Chan’s backing vocals during the pre-chorus.
I’m going to say right off the bat that this song is going to get a high rating. It’s the song that probably has the most meaning to me on this album. Alien is a Han solo song that was released as a part of the Skz-Record series on YouTube on January 29, 2021. Han’s songs are know for his lyrical rap and deep meanings, and this song is no exception. It tells the story of a lost boy (Han Jisung) who feels like he has no place in this world. He struggles, feels lonely, doubts himself, and desperately wants someone to hear his cries and hold him. But it’s not nearly as sad of a song as it sounds. There’s something so comforting about it, as if he’s saying that it’s okay to feel these things, and it’ll all be okay eventually.
This song brings me so much comfort, so I’m slightly biased when it comes to the review, but I tried to be as objective as I could. There’s something so soothing about Han’s words in this song and the way he expresses his emotions through the story of the song. The song talks about feeling different and being an outcast, which is something the majority of us can probably relate to. That’s the biggest reason I love this song so much. It makes me feel understood. It’s definitely my second favorite of Han’s solo songs.
This song is a duet between Changbin and Felix, and it’s one of the more wholesome songs from the album. Both boys get along very well, so it’s really sweet that this song talks about how much they like each other and get along. The English title of this song is Because, while the Korean title translates to Because I Like You. It was originally released as a part of the series Skz-Record on YouTube on March 14, 2021. It’s a very soothing and cute song, and it makes for a really comforting listen.
Like I said before, this is a really comforting song to listen to. It’s almost like a love song of sorts, but it also really reflects the friendship Changbin and Felix have. Felix’s deep voice and Changbin’s vocals, which we hardly get to hear since he’s a rapper, blend really well together. The harmony is subtle, but it’s really pretty. Overall, this is a very cute song. It’s not my favorite from the album, but I really enjoy listening to it.
Piece of a Puzzle (조각)
This is one of the few songs from this album that I vividly remember listening to for the first time. It was originally released as a part of the Skz-Record series on March 24, 2021, but I didn’t listen to it for the first time until it was released on SkzReplay. When I first listened to it, I was driving home. I nearly had to pull over because I almost started crying with how sentimental and emotional the song is.
Overall, I really do love this song, despite the average rating. It’s a very emotional song, and you can just feel the anxiety and fear seep through the lyrics. I love the vocals and rap, and I’m incredibly happy Changbin sang in this song because I love his vocals. However, the backing vocals towards the end were a bit too autotune-y for my taste. The story the lyrics tell is relatable to pretty much anyone who struggles with anxiety, but there was something a little lackluster in the lyrics before the first pre-chorus. The rest of the lyrics are great, in my opinion, but I’m definitely not too attached to the first verse.
Wish You Back
Wish You Back is one of my favorite, if not my overall favorite, song by Han as a soloist. The only song I can think of that might top it off the top of my head is Volcano, which was released a couple of months after this album. This song was originally released on April 23, 2021 as a part of the Skz-Record series on Stray Kids’ YouTube channel. It was then officially released on all streaming platforms as a part of this compilation album when it came out. It’s a very heartfelt, reminiscent sort of song, and it holds a very special place in my heart.
As I said before, this song is very special to me. I lost my grandma in late 2019, and this song reminds me of her a lot. Most might consider this a romantic love/longing song, but the majority of it can be related to pretty much anything someone yearns for or wants back in their lives. When I first looked up the full translated lyrics of this song, the idea of this being a song about a lost loved one was solidified for me. Aside from the lyrics, the song itself is composed in a very dynamic, interesting way that isn’t boring to me. I gave the vocals the rating I did because I know Han has a lot more potential, and the majority of this song is just him rapping and vocalizing rather than actually singing. The backing vocals are also very subtle, which compliments the song and its instrumentals well.
This is Han’s last solo song on the album. I recognize that he has a lot of solo songs on the album, but that’s because he’s truly an integral part of the production team for Stray Kids as well as an all-rounder, so he can do pretty much every part of creating a song. This song has a similar vibe to Wish You Back in the sense that it’s about longing for something that’s no longer there or that can’t be reached anymore. It was originally released on the group’s YouTube channel as part of Skz-Record on June 4, 2021.
Again, this is another one of my favorite songs from the album, but that’s partially because it’s one of Han’s songs. The way he writes songs and tells stories through them. pouring his own emotions and experiences out is just something I resonate with so much. The backing vocals are very faint, but you can hear them if you listen very closely, which is one of the only issues I have with the song. The bridge is also missing something, though I’m not quite sure what, and the vocals for this song are the same as Wish You Back to me. However, I can’t say enough that I really do love Han’s songs.
Up All Night (오늘 밤 나는 불을 켜)
This is a collaboration song between Felix, Chan, Changbin, and Seungmin. I’m not quite sure how to describe the kind of music it is or the vibe it gives, so you guys would have to listen to it to understand what I mean by that. Up All Night was originally released as a part of Skz-Player on June 18, 2021. I don’t know too much else about this song, but the fact that it talks about staying up late and not sleeping reminds me of the fact that Chan deals a lot with insomnia. It’s definitely the kind of song to just vibe to while you’re doing work or just co-existing with friends at night.
I never really considered this song to be one of my favorites, and I still don’t, but I’ve come to realize I like it more than I thought I did. I honestly surprised myself with the average rating this song ended up getting, too. It has a very subtle playful vibe, but it’s very chill overall. The vocals are pretty good because it takes skill (the kind Stray Kids most definitely has) to be able to vocalize and harmonize the way they do in this song. Changbin’s rap was good, but I feel it should’ve been longer or that there should’ve been a second rap verse maybe by Felix or Chan. It’s definitely a good song, though.
Drive is a duet between Chan and Lee Know. It’s a fan favorite for many STAYs, and there are a lot of inside jokes surrounding it, so it’s fairly well-known to non-STAYs in the K-Pop community. It was originally released on July 2, 2021 as a part of Skz-Player. It’s sort of in the same boat as Up All Night in the sense that it’s a good late night song or a good song to play while taking a late night drive with friends.
The meaning of this song is often joked about in the STAY community, as Chan and Lee Know never admit what everyone knows it’s about: sex and lust. The connotations surrounding the language used in this song are quite clear. The only reason I rated the lyrics as highly as I did (I’m not a fan of songs about sex) is because of what I’m counting as Chan’s rap in the second verse. I love that it’s in English, and I love his choice of words. The backing vocals are hard to hear at first, but they become clearer as the song progresses. I really do love this song, not just because of the jokes surrounding it within the fandom, but also because I genuinely enjoy listening to it.
This is the final song on the Skz-Replay album, as well as Hyunjin’s final solo song on the album. Yet again, it’s one of those songs where I’m not really sure how to describe the genre of music it is, but it has a very calm vibe to it. It was originally released on August 12, 2022 as a part of Skz-Record on YouTube, making it the only song from the album released in 2022 before the album’s release itself.
My best friend is convinced I hate this song. I don’t hate it, but it is my least favorite Hyunjin solo. To start with, the chorus is so repetitive. There’s also no bridge, and I feel it could’ve been a lot stronger as a whole if it had a bridge to spice things up a bit. This isn’t the best Hyunjin has rapped, nor is it the best he’s sang. Not to say that he does badly in this song, I just know he can do more. It’s all very simple to me, which is usually what throws me off of things. The backing vocals are pretty good, and I love the whistle at the beginning. I like the instrumentals as well. Overall, it’s just a very average song to me, there’s nothing about it that stands out in my mind aside from the way the title is stylized.
As a whole, this is probably one of my favorite albums Stray Kids has released, solely because there are so many solo songs that hold such meaning for so many people. These ratings for the songs on the album are based on each individual part of the song, not on my subjective opinion of the song as a whole. Keep in mind, when rating each song and averaging the scores, I rounded to the nearest 0.5. In the ratings below, however, I put the actual ratings rounded to the nearest 0.1.
Top 5 Highest Ratings
1. Limbo (나지막이) – 8.4/10 2. Deep End – 8.4/10 3. Wish You Back – 8.3/10 4. #LoveSTAY – 8.2 5. Alien – 8/10 / Love Untold – 8/10
Top 5 Overall Favorites
1. Wish You Back 2. Limbo (나지막이) 3. Alien 4. HaPpY 5. i hate to admit (인정하기 싫어)
See You Next Time
I know it took me ages to get this second part of the SkzReplay album review posted, but here it is. I hope you all enjoyed it! Be sure to let me know your opinions on the songs and album in the comments as well! If you haven’t already, check out the first part of this album review linked here. I also give a brief overview of Stray Kids and each member at the start of that post, so if you’re a little lost, you can go reference that. Don’t forget to check out some of my other posts linked below, too. See you guys next time!