Several months after IZ*ONE’s disbandment, we’re beginning to see the re-debut of its members. Some will form new groups or join projects already in progress. Others – like Woollim Entertainment’s Kwon Eunbi – will debut as soloists. It’s always interesting to see which members pursue which careers, and which end up being successful. IOI, Wanna One and X1 have had decent-to-strong luck in this regard, though there’s been a wide variety of commercial success between members.
It’s always nice to see the debut of a new female soloist, and Eunbi clearly has what it takes to command the stage. It feels like Woollim have thumbed through my imaginary rolodex, enlisting both e.one and Monotree’s Hwang Hyun to produce Door. That’s a personal dream team, setting my expectations sky high.
Unfortunately, Door feels a little throwaway. I’m not a big fan of this jazzy swing sound. In this case, it comes off a little cheesy – particularly when the brass riff kicks in to deliver a repetitive pre-chorus hook. Eunbi counters with a strong chorus, commanding attention. But for me, the groove is too straightforward. There’s not enough modulation, making Door feel overly monotonous. I prefer songs that build toward musical catharsis or climax, but Door just bops along happily without change. This crafts a streamlined sound that’s catchy from first listen. However, it keeps me at a distance, unable to find an entry point to fully vibe with the track. Still, it’s hard to argue with Door’s pedigree. It may not be for me, but it’s a strong first step for this promising soloist.