I swear, I’m going to keep reviewing these Universe tracks until one completely knocks me out. So in other words… I’ll probably keep reviewing them forever.
For those just now jumping onboard, Universe is a K-pop app that promises idol interaction and exclusive material. It’s already enlisted many top idols, releasing original songs and videos to drive interest. Though none of these songs have been bad, none have inspired much interest either. AB6IX’s Gemini fits right within that trend. It’s pleasant and enjoyable, but lacks the excitement generally found within their singles.
The song is produced by the 13 team, who have already delivered two instant classics this year. Gemini feels far from classic – a hazy mood piece rather than a killer anthem. I wouldn’t classify this as “city pop,” but the track hinges upon many of that genre’s elements (at least as K-pop sees them!). The groove is laidback and languid, driven by atmospheric synths. Even when the beat kicks in for the chorus, it never really brings the track to another level. And this being 2021-era K-pop, Gemini still finds room for one of those momentum-killing second verse breakdowns. Taken as a whole, the song just washes over you, leaving little impact in its wake.
But as dull as this sound is, it fits AB6IX’s vocals well. I can imagine a more galvanizing version of Gemini becoming a real standout. Just take some of the track’s more idiosyncratic moments (like that waterfall of synths during the chorus) and fuse them to a daring melody. As it stands now, this is the definition of easy listening.