Buried Treasure: ONEUS – BingBing

Most of the time, a k-pop group’s title track is the best song on their album. But, sometimes b-sides deserve recognition too. In the singles-oriented world of K-pop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve.

Though I don’t think I’ll ever enjoy ONEUS’s Twilight as much as their debut single Valkyrie, the song is slowly growing on me. A strong performance and choreography definitely helps. More importantly, their second mini album is nearly as solid as their first. I can see why Twilight was chosen as the title track. It’s the most immediately catchy song on the album, after all. But, I can’t help but wish that they would have given the propulsive BingBing (개와 늑대의 시간) a chance as well.

BingBing borrows two of the three composers from Twilight, and adds Seo Youngbae for extra punch. It’s a match made in heaven, as the track harnesses a similar energy to Valkyrie and tethers it to a lighter dance pop sound. The whistling hook that opens the song is par for the course, but adds a nice bit of moodiness to the instrumental. Better yet is BingBing’s dramatic swirl of a chorus, which lends a welcome sense of immensity to the track. The production here is majestic, and perfectly compliments the airy vocal performance. Like Twilight, there are a few moments which could have used more tightening (that trap-driven bridge is a real buzzkill), but BingBing’s standout peaks are enough to compensate.

 Hooks 8
 Production 9
 Longevity 8
 Bias 9

8 thoughts on “Buried Treasure: ONEUS – BingBing

  1. Its cute and clever, but the bing bing bing hook only holds my interest for the first couple listens. Without it, the rest of the song is basic kpop for me.

    It also suffers from being played right after “beautiful target” B1A4 qv my comment on your previous review, to which it pales in comparison.


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