Song Review: DKB – All In

DKB - All InWith 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.

 Hooks 8
 Production 8
 Longevity 8
 Bias 8


5 thoughts on “Song Review: DKB – All In

  1. An 8? Really?! 7 at best for me. I don’t think this song knows what it wants to be. And so it doesn’t do anything well.

    The verses are unfortunate
    The instrumental is not great
    Chorus is okayish

    Early Big Bang also came to mind, more GD impersonators here too.

    Why do agencies pick songs like these? I always presume there are enough good songs out there floating around already written or waiting to be picked and produced, and lots of mediocre songs, and somehow the agency picks mediocrity every time.

    I went back and looked at the previous reviews, and it seems they are 0 for 4 for me. Brave Brothers hasn’t released anything good since Brave Girls “Rollin” which they released twice and got lucky 3 (or 5) years later.

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  2. Lol so which “All In” do you prefer? This one or the one by Stray Kids? I’m pretty sure you also rated them the same too haha.


  3. “Oh nice, piano and dramatic speaking voice intro they took some of the best things from the second generation… ”

    “Oops. Uninspired chorus, modern rap verse and heavy vocal process”

    They baited me ! The more the song was going the more I wondered how good it could have been if they went the natural way. Disappointing.


  4. Ngl I expected another jarring, modern, kpop bad boy, and I’m tougher and cooler than you song judging from the teaser images. I was pleasantly surprised though it felt like some low quality song from 2009.


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