IZ*ONE’s D-D-Dance has been floating around for a few days, with the official video premiering today on the Universe app (hence the “extended preview” version embedded below). The track is essentially a CF. And as the history of K-pop CFs has taught us, that means that the quality of the song could really land at any level. But, D-D-Dance was composed by the Full8loom team, who have quite an arsenal of great pop songs under their belt.
When it comes down to it, D-D-Dance feels like yet another IZ*ONE single. Listeners’ enjoyment will likely hinge upon how strongly (or not) they’re drawn to this sound. For me, the track shares the same strengths and weaknesses as most of IZ*ONE’s singles discography. Its energy is brisk and exciting, with a constant flow of hooky lines volleyed between the members. I appreciate how the track seems to be performed at a comfortable level, ensuring these refrains never feel forced or strained.
But, like the past few IZ*ONE singles, D-D-Dance plays as an assembly line of candy-coated scraps — musical talking rather than potent shots of melody. And as usual, this blunts the overall effect of the song. There are some nice moments, like the bursts of rhythm that make up parts of the verses, but the chorus just comes across as disparate hooks thrown together. Not one lands a knockout punch. Thankfully, the sprightly instrumental will get you moving and makes D-D-Dance fun in the moment — as fleeting as that may be.
(full video available on the Universe app)