I’ve reviewed every D-CRUNCH title track on this site, and I know that I enjoyed most of them. But, I can’t recall a single one. Sometimes that’s the way it is with K-pop – especially if you listen to every idol release you can. There’s such an over-supply of music flooding the market, and the majority of it sounds pretty much the same. But even without fully recalling D-CRUNCH’s past work, I can confidently call Pierrot my least favorite of their title tracks.
If you’re in the mood for some noise, and Agust D’s boisterous brag-fest wasn’t quite enough for you, Pierrot will scratch that itch — and then pummel you to the ground. It’s a good old-fashioned clatter trap, light on melody and heavy on distorted instrumental madness. I prefer a crisper arrangement to my pop songs, or at the very least a sense of purpose. Pierrot just lumbers around like an angry toddler, throwing fractured trap beats and clobbering synths over the barest of refrains. There are some interesting ideas here and there, including a neat bit of percussion during the climax, but the overall listening experience isn’t exactly pleasant.
Beyond that, Pierrot never helps forge an identity for D-CRUNCH. I’ve heard this kind of noisy boy group track many times over, to pretty much the same effect. I sense some powerful vocals trying to fight through the production, but the guys are never really allowed to sing. Even the rap segments aren’t given time to find their footing. Sadly, it’s a mess – and not a particularly memorable one.
** I do like how they all seem to be wearing face masks in that promo shot, though. Good PSA!
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I do remember their second single because it was catchy and sounded a lot like an early Block B or BAP track. This however…I don’t think I got more than a minute in before clicking out of the video.
Actually I was waiting for you to post a review so I could lightly inform you that Carly Rae Jepsen just surprise dropped a new album of fun, disco-tinged dancepop tunes that you may or may not enjoy. Although I’ve never seen you mention it, I’d be shocked if you hadn’t at least checked out her cult classic E•MO•TION album from 2015, if not everything else she’s done since then in a bid to drag Western pop from out of its doldrums….
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Oh wow, I had no idea! I loved Emotion and Curiosity. I’ll have to check it out, even though I don’t listen to much western pop these days.
Loving Gaga’s new single too.
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Fun fact about Carly:
Because of where I live, I have access to local Canadian TV channels, and I actually watched her when she was a contestant on the Canadian version of American Idol back in 2006. Didn’t care for her then… she was the kind of coffeeshop, singer-songwriter type that does nothing for me.
Imagine my surprise when, five years later, she’s suddenly this dance-pop superstar with one of the biggest global hits of the decade.
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I went back and listened to all the others as well. What it made me remember was the MCND “Ice Age” song which live or loathe is memorable.
The boys themselves here are Ok. They hit all their marks.
It is the lack of discernable melody that makes this unmemorable for me. And also I really have no idea how we do it like a pierrot (cliche cliche). Yeah, when I think of the classic Pierrot character, heavy trap does not come to mind.
I liked the synth (Or was it trance? Dunno.) Drop for the chorus tho. It kinda works in a way that a lot of psytrance k-pop did, upping up the tempo while being very catchy.