With Brave Girls’ unexpected resurgence, there’s been a renewed interest in Brave Entertainment as well. This puts DKB in an awkward position. Clearly, they’re not the Brave Sound group the general public is interested in hearing from at this moment, but that’s hardly their fault. I’m sure this comeback has been in the works for weeks — if not months. Hopefully, they can benefit from osmosis alone.
All In (줄꺼야) comes from the group’s first full-length album, which in reality is only three new tracks added to all the past singles and a couple b-sides. That’s a pretty lousy trick, if you ask me. But, the song itself takes full advantage of Brave Brothers nostalgia. Apart from a few trendy flourishes, it sounds as if it could have been plucked straight out of the late 2000’s.
This déjà vu occurs immediately, as the song opens with a bit of melodramatic spoken word. It’s very Lies-era Bigbang. The rest of the track skirts the line between hip-hop ballad and downbeat dance track, in the way that many of Brave Brothers’ productions did back in the day. It’s got a nice earworm hook, comprised of two refrains that build upon each other for maximum effect. The verses aren’t quite as memorable, especially as they keep shifting tempo and energy. But, All In holds together surprisingly well. If this had been released in 2009, I don’t think I would have marked it as a highlight. Over a decade later, its throwback charm is quite appreciated.