Suho’s rock-infused balladry has taken him to the top of the charts, but there are more engaging tracks on his new album than comeback single Grey Suit. Thankfully, SM Entertainment has decided to promote the upbeat Hurdle alongside this ballad, resulting in a second music video and a second Bias List review!
I would have been happy with promotion for either Hurdle or Morning Star — both of which boost the tempo and break Suho out of his shell. There’s a strong 90’s vibe running through the entire album, evoking a different shade of nostalgia than K-pop’s current 80’s revival. Hurdle takes a more anthemic approach, melding funky verses with a driving chorus. I love Suho’s delivery, which has a casual – almost slurred – appeal. He brings great personality to a track that could have easily felt generic and overly polished.
The stars of this show are definitely the chorus and pre-chorus. A robust blend of guitar and synth gives the track plenty of weight, culminating in a fun, shout-along climax that delivers the energy I’d been hoping for. This final minute is a ton of fun and makes me wish the entire track had dropped its guard and embraced a more ferocious energy. If I’m being critical (and when am I not?), the verses are a little long-winded and forgettable. But, Hurdle is definitely the best solo Suho track we’ve heard yet. With any luck, he’ll build upon its charms and continue to unleash his inner rock star.