Everglow quickly emerged as one of last year’s most popular rookie groups, harnessing a BLACKPINK-like style that opts for edgy beat drops over chirpy aegyo. While I appreciate the concept, neither of their 2019 singles connected with me as strongly as I would’ve liked. Both felt more like catchphrases in search of a song than fully-fleshed out pieces of music.
Judging from its title alone, the onomatopoeia-loving Dun Dun promises more of the same. Right from the start, percussion looms large, with every instrumental element tethered to the same general melodic riff. Boy groups like Monsta X and BTS employ this style often, and it rarely appeals to me. With that said, Dun Dun is better than expected. The first time around, its beat drop chorus feels too predictable and one-note, but it becomes streamlined as the song continues. I’ll never be a fan of choruses like this, which take one bratty melodic line and repeat it over and over, but the “dun dun” hook fuses well with the hard-hitting production. Better yet, the track never succumbs to the kind of low-energy, trap breakdown pitfalls that affect so many K-pop songs of this nature. It’s big and loud the whole way through, and that’s kind of refreshing.
Still, I wish that Dun Dun challenged itself to think outside of the box. It’s a perfectly serviceable entry in this growing sub-genre, but nothing about it feels forward-thinking or revelatory. The song does exactly what you’d expect. That it succeeds is a testament to Everglow’s undeniable charisma and the addictive slap of its instrumental. An added sense of spontaneity or surprise might have transformed this by-the-numbers banger into a future classic. But, there’s still plenty of time for this promising rookie group to carve out a niche all their own.
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