Buried Treasure: CRAVITY – Dangerous

A K-pop group’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 feel like I’m constantly ragging on CRAVITY, but that’s only because I want them to use their success to explore music that goes beyond generic boy band fare. It’s not that I find their music to be objectively bad. It’s just that all of their songs sound as if they could have been performed by another group without any real tweaks. Having watched Produce X 101, I know that CRAVITY’s members don’t lack in personality. I wish that Starship Entertainment could find a better way for that to shine.

True to form, Dangerous is as generic as can be. But, it’s the type of generic that I tend to like. It’s the generic that finds roots in SHINee’s classic electro funk, or VIXX’s dramatic bombast. CRAVITY pull it off as well as anyone, but the song itself is the real star here.

From its undulating bass to the splashy chorus, Dangerous has a natural panache that’s hard to resist. The melody isn’t inventive or unique, but it’s underlined by a confident, brassy instrumental that pounds forward without interruption. The rap verses are placed well, and the pre-chorus builds upon the drive of those verses rather than unnecessarily switching things up. But my favorite moment happens when we enter the chorus and the production tilts as if we’re standing on the edge of a precipice. This brings a brief sense of disorientation that injects a small bit of spontaneity to the otherwise familiar instrumental.

 Hooks 8
 Production 9
 Longevity 8
 Bias 9