[Review] Run Away – Teen Top

Making their comeback today is Teen Top with Run Away. As much as I enjoyed Teen Top back when they peaked with their more popular releases, I find that they have dropped considerably in the competitive climate of the KPOP industry. I don’t mean this in a bad way as I find their persistence to be a very motivating influence in my current life. But I cannot simply deny that Teen Top’s tracks are moving towards a ‘typical and mediocre’ description, which was the case for both of their title tracks last year. Let’s seen if they can change the description this time around.

I will get straight to the point. The song suffers the same issue. It is typical and mediocre. Best words for me to really described the song in a nutshell. There were some moments that did grab my attention but the effect did not last long. While I did like the burst of energy that the drop to the chorus gave us, I felt like the buildup towards the drop was quite underwhelming. Hence they couldn’t successfully extract the drop’s full potential. The track does have a beat suitable for the Summer season. It goes for a tropical house instrumental, which we all know is heavily relied upon during this season. I thought the vocals were nice but they don’t go that extra mile. Maybe some power vocals could have lifted the song up to a whole new level? It does sound like I am pointing out something good and then finding the bad in it. But that isn’t the case when it comes to the rapping. C.A.P sounds different. Not a bad different but a very intriguing good different. I personally thought his rapping was probably the song’s most dynamic point. It is clean and it diverts away from the rest of the track (in my opinion). Unfortunately, Run Away does have some negative and positive points but it is a fair track overall.

Music video wise, I thought it was rather colourful, which earns big ticks from me. The colourful nature of the video is also another fitting aspect of the Summer season. Other than that, I don’t have much else to say about the video. It is mainly made up of closeup shots of the members and choreography scenes. I felt like I have already poked their song enough, so to do that to another part of their comeback may rub off as if I have no soul and do not like this comeback at all.

I think the saving grace of this comeback is the performance. I think the best of the performance has to be the powerful chorus. It is fierce and definitely demonstrates that they are still capable of strong dance moves. I do notice some things based on their showcase performance. But I am hoping they are more one-off occurrences or because of the way the video is shot.

Song – 6/10
Music Video – 6/10
Performance – 7.5/10
Overall Rating – 6.3/10

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