Song Review: – Dazzle

Boy group debuted last spring, during the height of global lockdown protocols. To be honest, I can’t even remember the song, which tells you all you need to know about its impact. But, I’m always one for second (and third, and fourth…) chances, and when I saw that new single Dazzle (별이 쏟아진다) would be tackling the house genre, my interest was piqued.

House seems to be a sound that will never die in K-pop. Ever since SHINee reinvigorated interest in 2015, boy groups have dabbled within its framework. Just today, DRIPPIN offered their take on house music, and Dazzle fits neatly beside that track. For lesser-known rookies like, that should be considered a win.

To be clear, Dazzle offers very little that we haven’t heard a million times before, but it’s a solid example of this genre’s charms. After an atmospheric opener, the beat kicks in and the track becomes nimble and sprightly and all those other adjectives I frequently use to describe this kind of percussion. Tropical synths glide over the top, giving the track a familiar tone. The second verse falls out of gear for the expected breakdown, and takes too long to recover its pace. But, the chorus has teeth – as bare-boned as it may be. It plays as a simple call and response hook, yet the texture of the vocals give it a satisfying sound. I’m not sure how could have set Dazzle apart from the pack, but some audacious twist (and no, I’m not looking at you, House Party trap breakdown) would have given this greater character. Rookies should be bold, after all!

 Hooks 8
 Production 9
 Longevity 9
 Bias 8

10 thoughts on “Song Review: – Dazzle

  1. I don’t know where I could ask you, so I’m just gonna do it here. Whast do you think of brave girls’ new found success after rollin went viral?


  2. This group is so under the radar, I was deliberately trying to find them and this song with every keyword mix and match on youtube search, and couldn’t find them at all.

    I wish them the best of luck. The song is fine, if generic. It reminds me of ONF Fly Me to the Moon. ‘

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  3. Every time you wish for an audacious twist I will now visualize the House Party trap break peeking around a corner tauntingly.

    That aside, I like a house beat. I appreciate the instrumental here, but I really miss a strong melody. It’s not bad, but it’s not sticking with me.


  4. Honestly, with all of the tropical songs I’ve heard in my life, this does something differently. I don’t know if it’s the tempo, verse arrangement, or the high-pitched kalimba, but it for sure has potential compared to A Song Written Easily by ONEUS. Don’t know how many time I’ll be playing this one, but it’s not a sloppy comeback from a small company group.


  5. Actually really like this, and I’m someone who silently curses SHINee for reviving house so successfully with “View” and making everyone else want to do it too, only to be unable to half as well as they did, every time I hear a house/house-inspired K-pop song. (As you can imagine, I am silently cursing SHINee quite often.) The flute-y noise is nice!


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