Fans are eagerly waiting for ASTRO‘s third full album, Drive to the Starry Road.
Fans were excited to see what concepts the talented group would try for this comeback since the group has proven time and time again that they can pull off any concept they’re given.
And, even more excitingly, in the tracklist, each of the members has a solo song, giving them each an opportunity to highlight all their strengths.
And now that ASTRO has released the highlight medley for their upcoming album, fans finally got a small sample of what each of the members’ solos will sound like.
mj – story jinjin – all day
eunwoo – first love moon bin – let’s go ride
rocky – s#1. sanha – 24 hours pic.twitter.com/1PAvHRXmse
— ً (@intokmj) May 11, 2022
And, according to fans, each of the solo songs suits the members perfectly.
Bin – Let’s go ride: Slow seductive but has rhythm (like his usual song recommendations)
Rocky – S#1: Bright, positive vibes. Fun play on the rhythm (Vocal Rocky let’s go!)
Sanha – 24시간: Slow, relaxing acoustic (I miss guitarist Sanha…)
— 🌸 문달 고구마 💫 (@CassieAROHA) May 11, 2022
MJ‘s solo song, “Story,” has a soft melancholy ballad feel that fans are confident will make them cry. Because MJ is credited as the only lyricist for the track, fans feel extra emotional about the lyrics.
hearing a short part of Story ㅠㅠ & MJ’s even credited solely to the lyrics making me emotional bc of a lot of reason! it’s also the 1st time astro has a song w lyrics solely from a member. so proud of u as well #엠제이 💕 #Drive_to_the_Starry_Road
— marie ✶ ☁️ (@ar0hahwaiting01) May 11, 2022
As fans look at the small excerpt of lyrics they got to hear, they believe that MJ is singing about temporarily saying goodbye to his dream. Which seems fitting as MJ recently enlisted in the military, temporarily pausing his music career.
The lyrics by MJ for Story is so 😭🥺
'Momentary goodbye to the times I've dreamt of,
The story that is only ours,
The story that I will treasure,
If you will hug me once more,
The story that will be drawn again'
— Ｆｉｒｓｔ ｌｉｇｈｔ 좀 쉴게 (@sunnylovelife) May 11, 2022
I read someone said that MJ's "STORY" is a pov from MJ where he's saying goodbye temporarily to his dream (singing career) and I never knew what is peace after that.#CandySugarPop #Drive_to_the_Starry_Road #MJ #ASTRO pic.twitter.com/RXmAYQCFxg
— ♡ jay ♡ myungbin thinker! ✩ (@lovemjays) May 11, 2022
So, understandably, fans don’t feel prepared to hear his beautiful song.
MJ’S ‘STORY’ DON’T DO THIS TO ME 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/EmC4jCEPYI
— raine ✨ (@astroccda_) May 11, 2022
Leader JinJin‘s solo is titled “All Day,” and fans are already loving the fun, upbeat track.
The vibes please! Jinjin never fails to amaze me~ Can't wait to listen the whole song!
— 𝗝𝗜𝗡𝗝𝗜𝗡 진진🐶💚 (@JINJINPOINT) May 11, 2022
And fans are also playfully pointing out that JinJin, in his subunit with Rocky, recently released the track “Lazy,” which featured Weki Meki‘s Yoojung, in the subunit’s debut album Restore. And his new track “All Day” seems to, ironically, directly contrast the message in “Lazy.”
— cherrybombb80~Drive_to_the_Starry_Road (@zim4life3) May 11, 2022
Fans are also in awe at how perfectly Cha Eunwoo seems to suit his solo song “First Love.” The song is sweet and gives “romantic boyfriend vibes.”
not saying this bc im an eunwoo-biased bUT HOLY SHIT FIRST LOVE IS BEAUTIFUL pic.twitter.com/wqy9MMh7Q3
— ɴᴜᴛᴛʏ ✶ #은우수호 (@nunusuho) May 11, 2022
And fans believe even the song’s title is fitting as Cha Eunwoo is one of the idols who helped bring many fans into both K-Pop and K-Dramas, aptly suiting the term “First Love.”
eunwoos solo song "first love" the way he's fr the first love of so many of us brought us into kpop/kdrama world ☹️ & his lovely godly voice with beautiful lyrics by him i love this so much pic.twitter.com/qhAyp48yVK
— eunwoo doing things (@eunwoothings) May 11, 2022
Moonbin‘s solo song “Let’s go ride” is already everything that fans were hoping for from his first solo song.
im crying real tears we waited 6 YEARS for a moonbin solo song in any capacity n finally its here its everything i imagined it would be it is so moonbin very chilled groovy seductive rnb with his insane sexy gorgeous falsettos im in love with his voice pic.twitter.com/T4smw7s94j
— 🍬♡◡̈♡🍭 (@imnottongue_126) May 11, 2022
Fans love the groovy RnB sound coupled with Moonbin’s angel-like vocals. They’re hoping for a solo stage that would perfectly compliment the track.
moonbin solo stage with wind or water theme lets go ride……..im gonna bl0w everything up? pic.twitter.com/T4smw7s94j
— 🍬♡◡̈♡🍭 (@imnottongue_126) May 11, 2022
Fans weren’t sure what to expect from Rocky’s solo track “S#1.,” but the lively, upbeat song certainly suits the idol’s warm, playful personality.
didn't expect S#1 will be dis lively but.. I loved it, its like an OST for a drama dat will b played wen the male n the female lead r inlove and doing some sweet stuffs to each other ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
— mrs.park🐺 proud of park minhyuk (@prkmnhykloml) May 11, 2022
Fans are hopeful that Rocky will show off more of his incredible high notes as he did in his subunit album Restore with JinJin.
S#1. is another rocky masterpiece! tho the vibe is very unexpected for me, but it gives off such a flowery spring vibe and it's like a romcom drama ost! i cant wait to hear the whole song!!! also are we getting a high note?
— joyce ☆ hwiyeon's guard (@betterwithrocky) May 11, 2022
And they’re equally hopeful that he will also be able to perform the song, wanting to be able to sing the song with him.
Imagine Rocky singing S#1. at live concert while smiling and waving his hand, we are waving our robongie and singing along together🥲#CandySugarPop #ROCKY #라키 #ASTRO @offclASTRO pic.twitter.com/oTqbWnk1vY
— hwiyeon protector (@rockynoona_) May 11, 2022
And maknae Sanha‘s solo song, “24 Hours,” is a soothing ballad that fans are also eagerly anticipating.
His voice is really soothing to the ears. 24 Hours will definitely give you a refreshing vibe from this adorable maknae.
— 𝐹𝑜𝓇𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇 𝒲𝒾𝓉𝒽 𝒴𝑜𝑜𝓃 𝒮𝒶𝓃𝒽𝒶 (@onlywithsanha) May 11, 2022
Sanha is an incredibly talented guitar player, and fans are hopeful that if he gets to perform the song on stage that he will be able to show off his amazing skills.
sanha is definitely going on stage with a guitar 24 hours is a ballad acoustic gUITAR SONG I FEEL IT
— 문콩 비니 ♡ (@astroha222) May 11, 2022
Fans are incredibly excited for all the different solo songs, feeling proud of ASTRO’s growth in finally getting to truly show off their different strengths.
— kyra ✶ 키라라키 🌟🍬 | BUSY 🔮 (@kyra_raky) May 11, 2022
EACH SOLO SONG😭😩❤️ IM CRYING IN HAPPINESS😩😭❤️❤️❤️❤️ what a talented group i stan 💜💜💜💜 #Drive_to_the_Starry_Road #ASTRO #CandySugarPop #CHAEUNWOO #JINJIN #MJ #MOONBIN #ROCKY #YOONSANHA 💜 pic.twitter.com/THpII1qyw0
— eunfynaa💜 (@eunfynaa) May 11, 2022
Luckily fans won’t have much longer to wait before Drive to the Starry Road is released on May 16th.
You can listen to the highlight medley here.