Is it wrong to want an UP10TION comeback? I understand that Jinhyuk and Wooseok gained popularity through Produce X 101, but I don’t buy either of them as a solo star. Plus, I feel bad for the rest of the group, having to watch as two members suddenly get more promotion than UP10TION has had in years. With this in mind, I came into Bedlam (난장판) with reservations. Yet, the song still managed to disappoint.
Bedlam is appropriately named, because this song is pure noise. I haven’t heard music this obnoxious for a while, and that’s coming from someone who just survived BLACKPINK’s How You Like That! From start to finish, Lee Jinhyuk simply yells at the listener. After the song ended, I kind of felt like I’d done something wrong… like I needed to repent for my sins. Judging from the music video, this track is supposed to be fun – an energy booster, even. That’s not the impression I got at all. Instead, it felt like Jinhyuk’s attempt to pose and posture with the big boys. Whatever happened to that gawky kid who wore the silly glasses during UP10TION’s buoyant Tonight?
When I review a song, I listen to it several times (obviously). Bedlam is the rare occasion where I actually dreaded hitting the “repeat” button. I definitely had to turn the volume down after the first listen. From the trap-happy production to the constant howling and occasional “skrrt skrrt,” this has all the hallmarks of everything I hate in modern music. More power to those who can make it through Bedlam without succumbing to a headache. You’ve got more fortitude than me!
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