Random Shuffle Review: BTS – Danger

With over 2,600 songs on my iPhone’s “K-Pop Singles” playlist, I thought it would be fun to add a bit of unpredictability to my song review posts. So as a result, we have the “Random Shuffle Review” feature.

The rules are simple. I fire up my playlist, press “shuffle,” and whatever song plays first gets the full Bias List treatment!

Year Released: 2014

Though they wouldn’t break through internationally until the following year, the seeds for BTS’s mega stardom were laid in 2014. To tell the truth, I didn’t pay much attention to them during their debut year. Their sound was much more hip-hop than K-pop, but 2014 ushered in a strong rock influence that began to make them stand out. Danger arrived just as their seminal variety series, American Hustle Life, was airing, and capitalized on the success of Boy In Love with an even stickier, guitar-assisted groove. It was during this promotion (and their War Of Hormone follow-up), that BTS’s charisma really started to stick out to me.

Danger’s nimble percussion approximates the kind of fluidity found in beatboxing, augmented with seesawing synth effects and jolts of electric guitar. It’s not an overly complex brew, but it propels forward at every turn, giving the song incredible (and sustained) energy. It’s also a perfect match for the track’s hip-hop verses, which pulse with a kind of spontaneity that still feels fresh today. The hook is deceptively simple — more a series of vocal riffs than a full-fledged chorus, but by mirroring the sharpness of the instrumental it harnesses a sense of punchy efficiency that leaves you wanting more. I love the call-and-response nature of Danger’s refrain, moving between lower and higher pitches as the frenzied guitar squeals behind the vocals. It all comes together to create a potent hip-hop/dance track without an ounce of fat on its bones.

 Hooks 9
 Production 10
 Longevity 9
 Bias 10

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4 thoughts on “Random Shuffle Review: BTS – Danger

  1. BTS have released too many songs for me to comfortably be able to pick a favorite, but I’d be lying if I said this one didn’t get stuck in my head all the time. I still tend to bounce between all of their 2014-2016 material depending on the day. This one’s a standout for its relative simplicity and the way that it teeters dangerously between dark and cheesy. I’m rarely not in the mood to hear it.

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    • 2014 – 2016 is definitely the peak years for BTS musically for me too. Ever since DNA and the subsequent push for a more global sound, their music has been in a rapid decline for me. Of course a group is going to evolve and build on their sound, but I don’t hear those early building blocks anymore or feel any connection to their current discography, particularly title tracks, and their earlier discography. I also don’t see it changing, since any criticism, even if it’s constructive, or lackluster personal opinion is treated like some cardinal sin. I’ll keep hoping though.

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      • Exactly. People peg BTS’ shift in sound as an evolution and a desire to try different musical styles, but why did they have to evolve into and try all the musical styles that were or have become the standard kpop-boy-group-sound of 2018-2019?

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  2. I’ve distanced myself a lot from BTS in the last two years but this song will always hold a special place in my heart. A serve. This is undoubtably one of their best songs if not the best. Its also the type of songs that fits best their vocals, just my opinion.

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