VERIVERY’s Face It trilogy has been pitched as a maturation of the group’s sound and image, but all it’s done is chip away at everything I used to enjoy about the guys’ music. Lay Back was a highlight, even if it pointed toward darker directions. This summer’s Thunder ended up growing on me despite sounding nothing like what I’d expect from VERIVERY. And now, we have G.B.T.B, which stands for “Go Beyond the Barrier.” I’m not sure what barrier these guys are going beyond, but I’m certain it was erected with good purpose.
I don’t understand the appeal of this track. VERIVERY already proved they could tackle edgier concepts during their stint on Road to Kingdom, and there are ways to approach this style that are exciting and fresh. But, G.B.T.B is less a song than it is a shout. Beyond the choreography and energy, it’s not a good showcase for VERIVERY’s charms as performers. Its chorus is absolutely awful, comprised of an obnoxious chant and equally irritating melodic hook. To make matters worse, it’s underlined by a clattering instrumental that’s needlessly noisy. Where’s the sense of funk that characterized VERIVERY’s debut year? Just because you’re going “edgy” doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice things like groove and melody.
I wish I could say that G.B.T.B’s verses salvaged the song, but they amount to very little. They consist of melodies we’ve heard before in songs like this, coupled with posturing taunts that just come across as silly. The one highlight is Hoyoung and Dongheon’s second-verse rap, which allows them the opportunity to deliver a rapid-fire flow that finally injects some excitement into this blustering, bumbling mess. Okay, VERIVERY… now that you’ve faced it (whatever “it” is), can we finally get back to the good stuff?