I’ve been watching Park Jihoon in the web-drama Love Revolution and have been really impressed with his knack for comedy. With that drama’s dorky/endearing character fresh in my mind, it’s quite jarring to watch the music video for new single Gotcha. But, I guess this is just a testament to his versatility as a performer. Throughout his solo career, Jihoon has embraced a multitude of genres. This makes it hard to predict how a new title track might sound. And true to form, Gotcha moves his music in a different direction.
Simply listening to the first few seconds of Gotcha, you might mistake it for NCT 127’s 2018 hit Regular. In fact, up until the pre-chorus, the two songs are remarkably similar. And, it’s not just the Latin/trap influences in the instrumental. Even the phrasing feels reminiscent. Add to that a post-chorus drop that comes across as a 2020 redux of EXO’s Kokobop and you have to wonder if the producers were listening to a lot of SM music recently.
Regardless of similarities, Gotcha isn’t as successful as either of those tracks. It benefits from having the continuity of a single voice, but its hooks aren’t as sharp as I’d hope for. Jihoon sounds best when his vocals are layered during the chorus, which also happens to be Gotcha’s catchiest moment. But, I’m not sure that this general style is a good fit for his talents. The track throws down a nice vibe, yet doesn’t come across as very distinct. Those hoping for another Wing will have to wait until the next comeback, I guess.