I’ll keep this short rather than belabor a point I’ve made over and over: K-pop producers must find a way to tie better songs to their cool instrumentals.
Imagine having a track as exciting as NTX’s Holy Grail — rumbling bass, throbbing electronic backbone and post-apocalyptic fervor — and you waste it on a lame chanted chorus and monotone repetition of the song’s title. Had an entirely different song been transposed on top of this production, we could be talking about an easy 9+ rating. Somehow, this potential makes the whole thing all that more frustrating. I mean, just listen to the production during the second verse!
Topliners! Melodicists! Emerge from wherever you’re hiding! We need you now more than ever.