Song Review: E’Last – Dangerous

Though still mostly-unknown, boy group E’Last has gained admirers with their unique symphonic sound. Both of their singles have felt refreshing within a stale boy group landscape, though I don’t think the group has yet harnessed their full potential. Underwhelming melodies have caused both Swear and Tears of Chaos to fade quickly from my playlist.

When Dangerous was released back in November as an album track, I nearly featured it as a buried treasure. The song incorporates a lot of what I love in K-pop. Parts of it have that dramatic, driving dance beat so common in the industry’s second generation. The group’s theatrical flourishes remain, but the track is more upbeat and propulsive than either of their singles thus far. Yet, Dangerous was ultimately too fragmented to really capture my attention.

Now that the song has a music video, it’s time for a reevaluation. Having not heard Dangerous in well over a month, I’m struck by much of the same feeling I was last year. Its chorus is its best moment, pulsing with an intensity that should have been fostered throughout the entire track. Instead, Dangerous spends way too much time plunging into tiresome breakdowns and flirting with deep house touches. The various elements add up to a disjointed whole, with too much stopping and starting to leave much of an impact. I applaud the song’s willingness to play with form and genre, and it actually does a pretty seamless job switching between vastly different elements. I guess I just long for a dance track that stays a dance track for its entire running time. That’s surprisingly difficult to find these days!

 Hooks 8
 Production 8
 Longevity 8
 Bias 8