[Review] Dangerous – E’LAST

Time to cast our minds back to 13th of January 2021. A few comebacks from some artists happened on that day (one of which is Yubin, and her song Perfume – and that is a review coming your way some time in the near distant future). One of the releases that day was a music video from E’LAST for the single Dangerous. Dangerous was selected from the group’s Awake mini-album to be a follow-up promotional track following promotions for Tears of Chaos, which was released back in November 2020. Member Wonhyuk rejoined the group for promotions of Dangerous, after sitting out of promotions for the main title track as a result of scheduling conflicts. Four months on, I am finally getting around to writing a review for the song/music video/performance!

I can’t actually recall my initial thoughts regarding Dangerous when it was first released in November (that was six months ago!). I do remember checking out the album but I am guessing that nothing really stood out of me from the mini-album, based on the fact that I don’t remember anything from it. When the song resurfaced in January thanks to the follow-up promotions that E’LAST proceeded with, the song attracted my attention and earned itself a position on my ‘Coming Soon’ list, which is why I am writing a review for it today. To me, Dangerous really yells out title track material. It might not be as impactful as Tears of Chaos was for me, but Dangerous felt overly substantial to be just a side track in retrospect now. The song taps into deep house for the bulk of its instrumentation. I really liked the roughness it gave the chorus and the edgy vibes from the song’s post-chorus dance break at the end of the first and last choruses But there is a bit more to the song than just deep house. I really like how they set up the bridge of the song which features classical piano and strings. Coming off the intensity high from the chorus, the contrast felt bold and gave us a brief moments of relief from the EDM. Dangerous also benefited from amazing vocals from the members, especially when it came to the chorus. There was this electrifying energy that came from the chorus from the instrumentation and the member’s vocals really managed to pierce through. Sometimes intense backdrops tend to cover up vocals in some songs, but the producers and E’LAST themselves did a good job of ensuring they could be heard. The melody that the member’s brought to the chorus was also catchy for me. The rapping was also really good. I wasn’t much of a fan of the rapping in the first verse (sorry Wonhyuk), but I was floored by the rapping in the second verse by Rano. That was extremely cool sequence! Overall, powerful and intense track that you should totally put on your playlist now if this style is your jam.

The music video is okay. It uses the typical formula of choreography and close up. But I will be fair and assume that this music video was probably shot in the midst or soon after promotions for Tears of Chaos wrapped, which doesn’t give much time to put together something substantial (i.e. plot lines, acting etc.). But there is this dullness to the video that really drags it down for me. I wished the music video was more dynamic that what we got served. I think when it comes to powerful and intense songs like this, you would expect flashy lights and a bit more vibrant colours in the set design to really uplift the video and compliment the song. But here, we didn’t get much of that, aside from the intense red light and plain/monotone cream colour of their set.

Like the song, the choreography is definitely powerful and intense. It is actually a great routine that does a good job of reflecting the song’s nature. The synchronisation looks cool and does wonders to this routine.

Song – 8.5/10
Music Video – 5/10
Performance – 8/10
Overall Rating – 7.4/10

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