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Song Review: BAE173 – Jaws

BAE173 - JawsDespite their rookie status, BAE173 haven’t released much music. We last heard from them nearly a year ago, when they delivered the anthemic Loved You. That song wasn’t perfect, but it had a classic touch and melodic though-line that made it stand out. With new single Jaws, the group has switched gears dramatically, opting for a clattering hip-hop banger in a familiar NCT style.

I’m sorry to see this. I think it’s a shame when rookie groups feel like they have to wedge themselves into existing trends rather than carve their own niche in the industry. I understand why agencies do this (and judging by Jaw’s music video, MBK Entertainment is clearly operating on a budget), but it makes things pretty boring for listeners. It’s like a pick-and-mix with only one choice to pick and nothing to mix. In this case, agencies are struggling to please anyone who doesn’t enjoy this noisy sound.

The thing is, there’s a decent song swimming around inside Jaws. The hip-hop verses are pretty good – even underlined by that aggravating instrumental. The guys’ vocals sound better than ever during the pre-chorus – strong and well-arranged. However, Jaws’ chorus is overly busy. Loud, shouty hooks aren’t automatically a bad thing, but when you throw a million things on top of a chorus at once, it just devolves into a wall of noise. None of the elements within this instrumental are particularly enjoyable on their own. Taken together, they’re a recipe for a headache. It’s too bad, because the actual hook is pretty catchy. Mostly, I’m confused about who MBK wants BAE173 to be. From Crush On U to Loved You to Jaws, there’s been no stylistic continuity.

Hooks 7
 Production 6
 Longevity 8
 Bias 7
 RATING 7

13 thoughts on “Song Review: BAE173 – Jaws

    • Consistency is not something K-pop keeps in touch with nowadays.
      I know how we clown CRAVITY in this site and for good reason too, but you have to give it to the guys that they developed their own niche.

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  1. Plzzz try to review their bside Annoyed if you don’t consider it a buried treasure then they’ll release an mv for it and maybe you can review that but it needs exposure so they don’t do songs like this anymore 😭 it’s an MBK group that comes back once a year the last MBK bg barely lasted 3y plz.

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  2. It’s not like I begrudge artists their popularity and it’s not their fault whatsoever, but certain artists getting as popular as they have has had such bad consequences on the industry as a whole.

    If I went into this without knowing who did it, BAE137 would not even be in the top 20 of guesses.

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      • I get BAE!&# on my keyboard. Actually, its an improvement on the name.

        Bae bang and pound. (which sounds better than Bae bang and hash)
        BAE!&* = Bae bang and star (178) is also not bad.

        I’m still waiting on SP_ACE and V.lanc to make appearances.

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