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Song Review: BAE173 – DaSH

BAE173 - DaSHA few days ago, BAE173’s debut single Crush On U came on random shuffle. I forgot what a jam that song is. But more than anything, it made me marvel at how much the group’s sound has changed since 2020. With member Nam Dohyun now in charge of production, the guys have moved sharply into hip-hop. Dohyun’s songwriting affectations aren’t really for me, but that’s a subjective issue. I’m more curious what the other guys think. These new songs center him and the three other rappers while leaving little for everyone else to do. Is this what they signed up for?

This is me speculating on aspects I have no direct knowledge of, so please take it as a point of honest curiosity rather than any kind of judgment. Songs like DaSH would make great Nam Dohyun solos. But for a multi-faceted idol group, they feel a little restrictive. In K-pop’s post-NCT universe, this sound is hardly unique. And in the grand scheme of idol hip-hop tracks, DaSH comes equipped with a strong beat that keeps the energy up. But, the song feels a little aimless. Apart from a predictably vocal-centric pre-chorus, most of the voices are slathered with effects. This works better in some places than others.

There’s an obvious humor in shouting “I don’t give a what!” while dancing in perfect formation within an expensive, effects-heavy music video. I mean, you guys clearly give a “what”… and a who, when and where. Or, at least your agency does. But more than that, this chorus feels like a placeholder. It’s not delivering anything but empty braggadocio. Braggadocio can be fun, but DaSH needs a more inventive structure or hooky performance to fully seize attention.

 Hooks 7
 Production 8
 Longevity 8
 Bias 7
 RATING 7.5

10 thoughts on “Song Review: BAE173 – DaSH

  1. I was hearing and seeing NCT and SuperM a la “Hundred”. And for me that is the problem, because Hundred goes 100%, where as this song seems to be set at, oh, 80% intensity. It pulls back when it should lean in harder.

    The cynic in me heard what they actually sing “I don’t give a what, I just give a shot”, and thought “I don’t give a what, I don’t give a shit”. It is awkward phrasing ripe for parody.

    (Semi-related – Nick didn’t review the “Boogie Woogie” English song from Cravity, but I rewrote the chorus to rhyme dammit.)

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  2. i almost cried listening to this. i thought we were entering a bigbang jr area with their loved you last year and then jaws (which you rated lower but i think is better than this one) and this happened. they can do so much better than this or at least a better hook.

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  3. STOP NOISE MUSIC TERRORISM RIGHT NOW!!!
    STOP NOISE MUSIC TERRORISM RIGHT NOW!!!
    STOP NOISE MUSIC TERRORISM RIGHT NOW!!!
    STOP NOISE MUSIC TERRORISM RIGHT NOW!!!
    STOP NOISE MUSIC TERRORISM RIGHT NOW!!!
    STOP NOISE MUSIC TERRORISM RIGHT NOW!!!
    STOP NOISE MUSIC TERRORISM RIGHT NOW!!!
    STOP NOISE MUSIC TERRORISM RIGHT NOW!!!
    WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE BOY GROUP BLUSTER/GIRL CRUSH DEBUTS AND COMEBACKS AS AN ACT OF TERRORISM!!!

    Okay, enough with raging. I listened to the first seconds of the chorus and then turned off the song. The guys were just YELLING LIKE CRAZY, and it instantly repelled me. DEAR AGENCIES, WHEN ARE YOU GONNA STOP TORTURING US WITH THIS NOISE?! GIVE US AN ANSWER FINALLY!!!

    My rating of this would be:

    Hooks: 5
    Production: 5
    Longevity: 6
    Bias: 4
    Total: 5

    P.s. Nick, can you give similar songs lower ratings in the future if we hear even more of this shit? I know you got exhausted of this sound, as well. For example, I watched the CIX comeback teaser some days ago and as a result, got deeply concerned and frustrated at how the industry ran out of musical innovation and still keeps reminiscing something that has got dated and irritating long time ago…

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    • Perhaps a “novelty” score. Starts at 10, then drops by a half point or so with every copy.

      I have been wondering all year where the novelty in kpop has gone. If I had the time today, I would write lyrics to a song. It would be a list song using every cliche about the lack of novelty and where it has gone, called “Out the window”. Rapped of course over trap.

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  4. Their debut Crush on U was honestly a surprisingly good song and I was pleasantly surprised the first time I heard it! If they had stuck on that fresh fun vibe I would have felt a lot more invested but after that I found everything going down.

    Jaws came up on my playlist today and I listened because I was just in one of those moods – it felt “ok” to me but not something I would listen to actively. And this one feels the same.

    I admit I laughed out at the “I don’t give a what” 😂 As crass as this may sound I might have liked this more if they dropped the f-bomb here 💀 Would have made a nice track for a vent mood lol.

    I will rate this a few points for the vocal parts but otherwise again “just ok”.

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