Adora is an in-house producer for Big Hit/HYBE Entertainment, at least partially responsible for highlights like BTS’s Spring Day, TXT’s Our Summer and GFriend’s Labyrinth (!). Because of this pedigree, fans were excited to hear what she would craft for her own solo debut. Even better, Make U Dance brings along former GFriend member Eunha, marking her first work credited under the soon-to-debut VIVIZ moniker. There’s certainly a lot of talent on offer here, so how does the song stack up?
Well, as with so many recent releases, Make U Dance is… fine. It doesn’t make me want to dance, but I don’t think that’s the purpose (despite its title). Instead, the track conveys an alt-pop sound, a bit unsettled and unexpected. The instrumental is fussy, never content to deliver a straightforward groove when it could push and pull the beat along instead. I admire the craft that goes into this approach, but I find the style too aloof to really sink my teeth into. Still, the start/stop nature of the beat is artfully executed and gives Make U Dance a haunting appeal.
Both vocalists are well-suited to this sound, even if the melody prevents them from breaking free and delivering any standout moments. Make U Dance could have done with a chorus more robust than “la la la,” but I’m sure you’re all sick of hearing me level that same criticism again and again. In truth, the track draws strength from its skeletal nature. The approach isn’t really for me, but I’m sure it will find many enthusiastic fans.