Even though they’ve been around since 2019, I’ve never written about MUSTB before. On busy K-pop days, I don’t often get to the industry’s more underrated groups, but that doesn’t mean they’re incapable of releasing good music.

With no expectations going in, I’m actually quite charmed by Royalty. Its piano loop and full-throated vocal performance pull me right back to K-pop’s fabled “2nd Generation.” It’s a song that could have been released back in 2013, and I mean that as a compliment. Even better, Royalty blossoms into a chugging rock track as it goes on. The hearty percussion driving the second verse is a great way to bolster the song’s momentum. The chorus doesn’t quite hit the mark and the overall execution has some rough edges. But overall, this track is stronger than most K-pop released by bigger artists in 2023.

Hooks 8
 Production 9
 Longevity 8
 Bias 9

Grade: B

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