Once buoyed by the bright energy of rookiedom, VERIVERY have since taken a darker musical path, abandoning their funky new jack swing roots for edgier concepts. I blame it on that creepy game of hide-and-seek they played during the Tag Tag Tag summer of 2019. Something weird happened in that dusty old house. Tsk tsk tsk. Boys, you should have just stayed on those brightly-colored soundstages!
Actually, I blame this transition on what I’ve been calling the “Road to Kingdom” effect. It feels like boy groups don’t believe they can be taken seriously unless they embrace more “grown-up,” performance-based songs. That’s all well and good, but my interest in the group has quickly chipped away with each comeback. And given how new single Get Away paints their music with similar tones, it’s hard to muster up much excitement.
As a song, Get Away is fine in the way a lot of boy group songs are “fine.” But, it’s so similar to many of VERIVERY’s contemporaries that it loses its sense of individuality. The instrumental is built upon a reggae beat, yet it’s trussed up with a variety of percussive elements that have become instantly familiar over the past few years. There’s a heaviness to this production, as if the song is constantly dragged down by its lurching pace. And unfortunately, the melody and rap follow a similar structure. This lends Get Away a sense of monotony. Even when the group’s vocals are layered in impressive fashion, everything feels so lockstep that there’s never a chance for the song to breathe. I would have loved to hear a performance that was lighter on its feet, rather than the predictable shout-a-thon that Get Away eventually becomes.