[Review] Poison – Pink Fantasy

Poison is nominated for Best Rock Song in the 2021 KPOPREVIEWED Awards. Support Poison by clicking here to vote today!

The final song that I am reviewing from the 2021 KPOPREVIEWED Song which I have yet to review is PinkFantasy’s Poison, which I have nominated as part of the Best Rock Song category. Poison was released way back in June of this year, and is the title track of the group’s first mini-album since their debut, Alice In Wonderland. This is also my first time reviewing PinkFantasy, which is currently eight member female group under MyDoll Entertainment. The group has undergone extensive lineup changes since their 2018 debut and the current lineup consist of Daewang (the unknown masked member – to be revealed in the future), SeeA, Yechan, Harin, Momoka, Arang, Miku and Heesun.

Personally, I have not followed PinkFantasy that much since their debut. My exposure to the group has mainly been their more cutesy and cringy music. Some of them were flagged for review in the past, but never went forward with a review for them due to priorisation of other releases. As a result, Poison also went under the radar initially. I only gained knowledge of the song’s existence after reading many reviews for it. And I am glad I did read those reviews, as Poison is purely an underrated rock song this year. It is an intense dance track that taps into the rock genre for some of its instrumentation. After the first chorus of the song, Poison concentrates this rock sound into screamo rock, which aligns with the intense feeling that the dance part of the song exudes. It also makes Poison a unique track in KPOP, as screamo rock isn’t really explored that much (based on my memory, which is already on holiday mode for your information!). Based on what I read, PinkFantasy has explored rock before, but Poison really shows a different of the group from what I gather. And based on my initial thoughts on PinkFantasy, that is also my personal impression. Poison also featured strong vocals from the members, complimenting the mature vibes of the rock influence song. I got J-POP vibes from Poison when the members sing in unison with one another for the chorus. Definitely a satisfying section of the song that I find extremely memorable. But the peak of these strong vocals have to be the vocals (courtesy of Seeya and Yechan) during the bridge and high notes that we get at the end. It gave Poison a wow factor and amazes me each time I listen to the song. Overall, Poison is a highly recommended rock song to check out from 2021 if you have yet to do so.

Amazing visuals throughout this music video. It definitely gave me the creeps and had me on the edge of my seat, even though the storyline wasn’t as developed as I hoped it to be. As a horror movie lover, I find this incredibly disappointing. I would have loved for the video to explore something scarier and I feel that the music video definitely has the set up for this direction. The video opens up with this cult-like ritual. I would have loved for the director/producers to really explore this in depth, as there is so much potential behind such a concept. I also feel like the video can be creepier. For example, the choreography scenes had a hallway off to the side with curtains blowing about. You can see a bit behind the curtains, and this would have been a great opportunity to have a ghost (perhaps some related to the ritual) stand behind those curtains intensely staring at the camera. Anyhow, that’s just my imagination running wild. What we got is also fine and worked well enough.

The performance for Poison took on a mature and sensual route. It definitely gives me a different vibe and impression from what I personally associated to the name PinkFantasy. I find their facial expressions to be fitting for the concept of the comeback and really helped made the stage more captivating to watch. Their live performance was impressive, especially considering how tiring the choreography looks. I also like the dance breaks we get during the screamo part of the song, and at the very end. Definitely intensifying.

Song – 9/10
Music Video – 7.5/10
Performance – 8/10
Overall Rating – 8.4/10

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