Song Review: – Dazzle

The boy band debuted last spring at the height of global lockdown protocols. To be honest, I can't even remember the song that tells you everything you need to know about its effects. But I'm always one for the second (and third and fourth …) chance, and when I saw that the new single Dazzle (별 이 쏟아진다) would tackle the house genre, my interest was piqued.

House seems like a sound that will never die in K-pop. Since SHINee revived interest in 2015, boy groups have tried their hand at it. Just today DRIPPIN offered their interpretation of house music, and Dazzle fits this track perfectly. For lesser known rookies like, this should be seen as a win.

To be clear, Dazzle offers very little that we haven't heard a million times before, but it's a solid example of the charm of the genre. After an atmospheric start the beat kicks in and the track gets nimble and lively and all the other adjectives that I often use to describe this type of percussion. Tropical synthesizers slide over the top, giving the track a familiar tone. The second verse falls out of step for the expected breakdown and takes too long to regain its pace. But the choir has teeth – as naked as it may be. It plays out as a simple call and answer hook, but the texture of the singing gives it a satisfactory sound. I'm not sure how Dazzle could have stood out from the crowd, but a bold twist (and no, I'm not looking at you, collapse of the house party trap) would have given this character more character. Rookies should be brave!

hook 8th
production 9
longevity 9
Pre-tensioning 8th

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