A K-pop act’s title track isn’t always the best song on their album, even if it’s the one most people will hear. Sometimes, b-sides deserve recognition too. In the singles-oriented world of K-pop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve.
I may never stop complaining about the vocal mixing on most of their songs, but apart from that ENHYPEN’s new album is pretty strong. In fact, it’s their first album I find myself wanting to return to. This is thanks to an energetic set of songs that don’t leave too much time to consider the production shortcomings. And as the album goes on, the vocal effects feel more toned down. When HYBE outsources its material, it seems to leave more room for different approaches.
Such is the case with Go Big Or Go Home (모 아니면 도). I also recommend the guitar thrash of Attention, Please (rock + ENHYPEN = a good fit), but I think the hooks are sharper here.
It’s funny, because Go Big Or Go Home is also one of the most generic songs on the album. It’s the umpteenth riff of Robin S’s 90’s classic Show Me Love, coupled with more modern Alan Walker-esque EDM production. Yet, composers LDN Noise work their magic and tease out hook after hook from the familiar brew. It’s nice to hear them return to this dance sound, having been the team that first popularized it in Korea half a decade ago. Go Big Or Go Home is no View (it can only dream!), but the beat is sleek and addictive and ENHYPEN bring more personality than we’re used to hearing from them.
Personally, I’m just thrilled to hear a K-pop dance track that doesn’t pause or shift tempos a million times. That alone is worth praise!