Review

Suzy & Baekhyun – Dream

Suzy Baekhyun - Dream

For as insular a world as kpop is, I’m surprised that these cross-company collaborations don’t happen more frequently. I mean, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that EXO’s Baekhyun + miss A’s Suzy = $$$. Because of this, the two of them could have sung the phone book and been a major success, which is probably why Dream feels a little inconsequential. Now, “inconsequential” doesn’t automatically mean “bad,” but I am surprised that the song doesn’t have more oomph to it. Released in both a jazzy, acoustic-sounding “live” version and a more standard Korean r&b rendition (I’ve included both below), the song has a vaguely holiday sound to it. Maybe I just overdosed on Korean Christmas music last month, but it really does sound like something that would be on in the background of some high-class shopping center. It’s definitely not the kind of song that lives or dies on production flourishes or an in-your-face melody. Instead, it relies of the strength of the singers’ personalities and vocal quirks. And although the two have absolutely zero romantic chemistry, their playful performance keeps the track from being a total bore. I don’t think it’s going to be one I go back to all that frequently, but it’s a pleasant diversion into a jazzier sound than we’re used to hearing in kpop.

 Hooks  7
 Production  6
 Longevity  6
 Bias  5
 RATING  6

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