If you were confused at the first listen, you’re not alone. But, it was a fire track.
On August 23, 2023, SM Entertainment and NCT 2023 pre-released the group’s newest single and title track, “Golden Age”, days before the group is set to make their 4th full-group comeback. NCT’s 4th full-length album of the same name, is to be released on August 28, 2023, along with the second title track, “Baggy Jeans”.
“Golden Age” is a track featuring all of the current members of NCT and is a reinterpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8, “Pathétique”, 2nd movement. The lyrics of the song convey the NCT members’ embracing their “dazzling golden age” and their hopes of sharing a bright future together.
The music video sees all the members in different places, opening up with Doyoung playing the piano, then immediately switching up to Mark opening the song with his rap verse.
NCTzens, despite their hesitation for the comeback for a number of reasons, were very much pleased with the song, and showed their support for the NCT members. They were also happy to hear that each member was given a verse in the song, which was a rare occurrence in NCT’s full group discography.
me listening to this haechan part in golden age pic.twitter.com/VNc3eWt4iF
— da ᵔⰙᵔ (@haechanprints) August 23, 2023
Doyoung playing the piano for the intro of Golden Age 🎹 pic.twitter.com/qSfzwoS81d
— 링 (@NCTDAOYlNG) August 23, 2023
NCT instagram story update
Golden Age MV" pic.twitter.com/PPLt5DXSTV
— Dyva🌸 (@captainuwu) August 23, 2023
yuta in nct 2023's "golden age" music video pic.twitter.com/8BGap2Tkez
— ً (@YutaLoopz) August 23, 2023
— 우리칠 아카이브 (@NCT127_archive_) August 23, 2023
— 700 KIM (@700KJW) August 23, 2023
NCT 2023 have released their new song ‘Golden Age.’ https://t.co/3PEd0ntPRa
— Pop Base (@PopBase) August 23, 2023
'Golden Age' is my cup of tea..ㅠ that sudden beat drop after the piano gives me shivers! ㅠ it's just the style of song that I love as it has moments where you can excitedly jam to it as you listen to the cool and intense rap then admiring the heavenly vocals and harmony… nice https://t.co/M59WvhnQG5
— Dyva🌸 (@captainuwu) August 23, 2023
sounds like ferrero roche song..would be so much better with more vocals and less rap tbh…love the harmonization tho..jungwoo jaehyun ten taeil part ATE https://t.co/RSEWbQRDQR pic.twitter.com/WslivAUKMK
— 알린 ʙᴀɢɢʏ ᴊᴇᴀɴs (@allynsays) August 23, 2023
— nctzen 2 (@tensbianism) August 23, 2023
its so good. the change between rap and singing and the beautiful backing vocals. it’s always going to hard to put 20 ppl on a song but i rly like how they did it this time. it’s a song that makes u think, ‘wow, nct rly has everything’ 💚 https://t.co/2a8fPswyKC
— ♡STAYing for SKZ♡GOLDEN HO-RIIZE-ON PATH (@Hannahtel145) August 23, 2023
— alicia🪴GOLDEN AGE (@ali_ttle_flower) August 23, 2023
No wonder Doyoung said it's "Feel My Rythm" kinda song… https://t.co/kBUFhZzp87
— 키라 (ᓀ‸ᓂ) DJJ is back! 🐰😸🐶🍀 (@do0_dle) August 23, 2023
wtf is this songgg. doyoung's vocalization as an intro then boom! rap line is going insane https://t.co/R4Lc35nPjP
— ash for 헤이숑섴🌸 (@969901z) August 23, 2023
sm think this kind of music will bring the hype back for nct when they are already flopping so hard https://t.co/crjgHTr3KM
— 🐽 (@375tism) August 23, 2023
I LOVE IT SO MUCHHHH the lyrics, the harmonization, the rap parts and everything, it really signifies the new age and new era for NCT 😭😭😭 https://t.co/7HSWDyG2W0
— fiqa (@day6visions) August 23, 2023
this song is so nct coded – AND I FREAKING LOVE IT!!! the vocals?? the rap?? freaking amazing. https://t.co/OiEfIiINPd
— karo 🖤 (@gyustonight) August 23, 2023
Truly, NCT can only keep outdoing themselves. Let’s all keep supporting NCT! (Even with the really sh**** managing from their company.)
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