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Song Review: Refund Sisters – Don’t Touch Me

Forget retro or trap or EDM or whatever trend you want to highlight. Yoo Jaesuk has become the year’s most reliable purveyor of mega-hits – at least on the Korean charts. His series Hangout with Yoo has transformed itself into a delivery method for K-pop unit groups. First we had SSAK3 with their summer smash Beach Again, and now we have Refund Sisters with Don’t Touch Me.

This is a formidable foursome, consisting of legends Lee Hyori and Uhm Jung Hwa, alongside current chart-toppers Hwasa and Jessi. Honestly, the quality of the song doesn’t even matter. With this roster, how could Don’t Touch Me not be a hit? It’s delightful that this multi-generation group simply exists, and the level of charisma is off the charts at every turn. With that said, I wish the material was stronger. These are four vastly different performers, so combining their unique talents was always going to be a challenge. It makes sense, then, that Don’t Touch Me draws most strongly on a sense of badass attitude. That’s one aspect these four certainly have in common.

This energy fuels Don’t Touch Me, even as its hooks are somewhat throwaway. The instrumental pounds with percussive force, knocking listeners’ heads with a stomping beat ornamented by swoops of mystical-sounding synth. Still, for as much firepower is unloaded here, the track never builds to a defining moment. It kicks off with blunt force and pretty much stays there. And speaking of force, we don’t get to hear Jessi sing nearly enough these days. Her opening line grabs you by the collar with a resonance that frames the entire track. Nothing else quite lives up to that potential, despite these four ladies’ megawatt star power.

 Hooks 7
 Production 8
 Longevity 8
 Bias 8
 RATING 7.75

6 thoughts on “Song Review: Refund Sisters – Don’t Touch Me

  1. In agreement here- wish it was a better track! Black Eyed Pilseung seems to be saving the good material for his own gg…(at least I hope, he is missed on the new Twice project)

    Hang out with Yoo is a pure joy and it’s one of the few pieces of Hallyu that I have real life friends who watch it as well as online friends.
    I’ve been really enjoying watching this subunit and it introduced me to Uhm Jung Hwa’s music (assisted by your 10 best songs list)

    anyways the chorus feels particularly empty – the space between each member’s lines doesn’t feel particularly musical and then as we saw in the episode where they recorded it – the song itself doesn’t flatter everyone’s individual voice. It seems so tailored for Hwasa and Jessi which I get, cuz they are the it girls.

    Anyway it’s super fun to watch the process, the dynamics and their hilarious managers. Good work Refund Sisters and Jimi Yu!

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    • Would love to see some K/DA thoughts- some of their songs stick way better than I expected. I wonder if it’ s considered kpop though.

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  2. Definitely one of those songs which the great backing track and not so great melody.

    Honestly, it would have been a great song for me if only the song’s actually moved somewhere and delivers on the chorus

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