With each Great Guys review I write, I feel obligated to repeat how awful I think their group name is. Seriously, it’s gotta be the worst K-pop name out there right now. It felt particularly out of place when coupled with the group’s last single, which took on a darker, theatrical concept similar to acts like VIXX. Dang! (댕) matches their silly moniker with an equally ridiculous title, and switches their style to something much more upbeat.
Beyond the struggle to overcome its generic leanings, Dang is actually pretty fun. The track borrows heavily from disco and synth pop, surging on a retro beat with bright splashes of electronics. Thankfully, there are no trendy trap breakdowns to be found. The energy stays high throughout, and that’s the song’s biggest selling point. We’ve definitely heard this formula before, and in some ways Dang feels like it belongs as fodder for a group challenge on Produce 101. But, we don’t hear this bright, upbeat style from boy groups nearly enough nowadays. So, it’s welcome fodder if nothing else.
Dang’s melody is similarly pleasing. This is a solidly constructed pop song, and ticks all the boxes when it comes to execution. The chorus forges multiple hooks into one, resisting the urge to rest on one singular chant-like refrain. Yet like so many under-the-radar groups, Great Guys struggle to distinguish themselves. Dang could have been performed by countless idols and come out sounding roughly the same. This sense of “one size fits all” isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does limit the song’s overall effect.
There are worse names. Drug Restaurant. Anything ____ Boys or _____ Girls in the name. Acronyms that are not translated GWSN WJMK the other WJ__, and whatever Cosmic girls are, and etc.
I mean, we can take words in Korean, really. I wish BTS would just go as Bangtan Sonyeondan. (On the other hand, I am so used to TVXQ! DBSK that I dont include them in the above.) (Also SNSD)
But Great Guys as a name isn’t so terrible. In that picture they look like the Partridge family, so now I connect the name with 70’s retro.
But I digress. I thought it was pleasant and generic and forgettable. So much so that I listened to it yesterday afternoon, but didn’t have time to leave a comment, and now this morning can’t remember the song in the slightest. Although now I do know their name.
That’s my main issue with the song. I enjoy it in the moment, but it kinda fizzles from memory not long after.
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