They had a good run, but now it’s time to say goodbye. 9.185 YEAR: 2013 LOVE TO HEAR IT: (10 x 13) @Slice of Life, @aux, @RUNAWAY, @thommyh, @BeingNormal, @junglefish, @ysev, @junkos, @Joli Chat, @roblognick, @Crisp X, @Ana Raquel, @vague (9.5) @Hurricane Drunk (9) @Monkey0, @Remorque, @Empty Shoebox HATE TO SEE IT: (6) @M24 (6.5) @evilsin (7) @Wills AS FOR ME: it’s a 10 LUCKY UNNIES*: @Wills (7), @M24 (6) *meaning this was their lowest remaining score Well, well, well, here we are. 9MUSES officially lose their first song at number sixteen, meaning they constitute 40% of the TOP 20. Now, that’s a big slice of the pie! Deservedly so, if you ask me. Glue was the fourth and last 9MUSES single of 2013, ending the busiest and one of the most successful years during the group’s history. After much of their career feeling like a constant struggle for stability and floating in limbo, 2013 seemed like 9MUSES finally found their footing. One year after Hyuna and Gyeongree, Sungah joined the group making them a nine-piece for the first time since their debut in 2010. Glue sees the girls alluringly bopping, hopping, stomping and dancing on very familiar territory. It’s a groovy funk-pop track very reminiscent of earlier singles and album tracks. It would’ve perfectly fit into the sonic palette of their first (and only) studio album Prima Donna. The production is breezy, electronic and heavily influenced by 70s funk and disco, making it a timeless song that could’ve easily been released last Friday. It gives you a feeling of… future nostalgia, if you will. Unfortunately Glue was the last time we’d see this line up of Namyu, as Sera, Eunji and Lee Sem left the group after promotions concluded. These heartbreaking departures don’t take away from the fact that Glue remains one of the finest retro-styled K-pop songs and surprisingly one of the few singles of a larger group where every member has their fair share of time to shine. Every girl has at least two verses which led to less exposed vocalists like Minha and Lee Sem finally proving themselves as the competent singers that they are. All things considered, Glue feels like a euphoria-filled celebration of 9MUSES’ most legendary year as it combines all things that made them the phenomenal group that they were: sexiness, elegance and enormously catchy melodies. Now let’s move on to the commentary: Let’s start with M24’s very wrong assessment “9Muses's most boring title track for me. Decent, but kind of a snooze.” BeingNormal does a full 180 and claims the opposite! “Actually my favorite from the 4 singles they released that year. Yeah it's fairly standard for Sweetune, but it's just so catchy and easy to listen. Miss Lee Sem serving vocals before leaving, go off queen.” roblognick keeps it simple and says “Banger”. I wonder what he has to say about their other songs? Our dear Crisp X is filled with mixed emotions and has some threatening words to say to 9MUSES’ company “I'll forever be bitter that this was the goodbye single for Sera, Eunji, and Lee Sem because I felt like they hadn't done enough with 9Muses and Glue in particular made me crave more straightforward funk boppery with them. Witnessing such a big line-up change just after getting into the group... honestly, I think I still have trauma. Star Empire, it's ON SIGHT.” Joli Chat, unlike former leader and main vocalist Sera, sees dollar signs while listening to Glue “MAJESTIC!!! the way everything here sounds so… high class, VIP, expensive, velvety, this song is the musical version of wearing a fur coat on a cold winter day, in front of the fireplace, while drinking some old wine that was made before you were even born, all this whilst your cat eats some caviar next to you”. Our lovely(z) host Wills, whose DMs are open for a little harassment and bullying after being a low scorer for this absolute gem, says: “fff I feel like I’m gonna get dragged for this… and 7 isn’t even a bad score! I’ve just never connected with this the way so many others seem to, and frankly, I know it’s my loss. But none of you are here to listen to me defend my score, so I’m grateful I could hide behind hand the reins over to the incomparable @ysev unnie to explain why this is a masterpiece. And if this mea culpa isn’t enough… the petition link is probably still live!” Here, once again the link xx And last but not least, let’s give it up for 9MUSES’ biggest stan on the forum, RUNAWAY! The stage is yours unnie. “I-CON-IC. I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DOOOOO~ Lee Sem saying “for my last single, I’m getting THE CHORUS.” What a way to go out. For both her, and Sweetune. Literally nothing after this song has really felt like a genuine Nine Muses song. They were such an incredible partnership, and we truly lost something special when they stopped working together. Glue is just one of those songs. You know songs like that...they are STORIES that people can IDENTIFY WITH. You know what I mean? Anybody. Children were singing this song...at graduations, at weddings, at funerals.” Below are the infamous “low budget” video and choreo practice where the girls do what they did best: serve legs legs legs! A feast for the eyes.