This is such an long overdue album review. If memory serves me right, I made promises last month that I would write this album review. Well, sorry for the delay. But as they all say, better late then never. ENHYPEN made their comeback in October 2021 and in January 2021 with DIMENSION: DILEMMA (their 1st Studio Album) and DIMENSION: ANSWER (their repackaged version of the 1st Studio Album). Leading the charge on these albums, respectively, are the title tracks Tamed-Dashed and Blessed-Cursed (links below). In addition to these title tracks, six side tracks, an intro, interlude and outro. Before I delay this review any further, let’s get right into it!
1. Intro: Whiteout – As usual with all of ENHYPEN’s releases thus far, we are treated to another Jake narrated intro track. This one is quite exciting thanks to the electronic instrumentation that features in the background of this track. It started off as a suspenseful piece, which works extremely with the narration, before developing into a vibrant, bright and poppy piece. (8/10)
2. Tamed-Dashed (Title Track) – Click here to read Tamed-Dashed’s full review. (7.5/10)
3. Upper Side Dreamin’ – I liked the retro hip-hop vibe this song had. It isn’t like Blessed-Cursed on many fronts, however, though I am not entirely sure if this is a good thing or not. Upper Side Dreamin’ is more vibrant and brighter with its energy, and was quite upbeat from the get-go. But the vocals felt disappointing. They brought a one-dimensional tone to the song, thanks to the heavy usage of autotune. It is still bearable, and I feel like the melodies make up some of the autotune. But not exactly enough, which leaves me not enjoying Upper Side Dreamin’ as much. (7/10)
4. Just A Little Bit (몰랐어) – Just A Little Bit takes us a different route, with a dreamy pop track. The acoustic guitar dominates the background and adds a hearty touch to the song. The added details, like the twinkling chimes and the soft pounding beat, to the instrumentation definitely brought out a dreamier tone. Just A Little Bit also stands out thanks to the vocals, which were really nice. They too complimented the dreamy nature of the song and also had a memorable hook to it that I really enjoyed. (9/10)
5. Go Big or Go Home (모 아니면 도) – Go Big or Go Home is one of my picks for favourite side track from this album. The party/club vibes that comes from this song is just on point and definitely makes me feel lively even just by listening to it. Its instrumental feels like it could have been big hit in the ’00s and it for sure would have been a highly requested song at the parties I went to. While the vocals were a bit held back, it doesn’t break Go Big or Go Home. (9.5/10)
6. Blockbuster (액션 영화처럼) (ft. Yeonjun (TXT)) – Blockbuster features the like of Yeonjun from TXT, and kicks off with a dynamic and angsty rap sequence. Blockbuster ends up being a mix of EDM and rock element, which is what I would think a collaboration between TXT and ENHYPEN would be like (based on the sounds of the respective group). I liked how edgy it felt, while the vocals and rapping was very fulfilling. (9/10)
7. Attention, Please! – In a similar manner, Attention, Please! brings on a nostalgic vibe, reminding me of the punk rock we got in the 90s and 00s in the Western music industry. I really like how ‘full-on’ and satisfying the instrumental for Attention, Please! was. Definitely a highlight on this album, and it is a song that I would demand to see a live performance for (think live band, crowd cheering and hyping the group, and the group going all out while performing this track on stage). (10/10)
8. Interlude: Question – Ending the DIMENSION: DILEMMA studio album is the interlude track. It is another narrated track from Jake. But the instrumental here was quite fun and energetic. I also like the changing nature of the instrumental, going from soft and chill to subtly dark and intense, before leading into a retro influenced ending. (8/10)
9. Blessed-Cursed (Title Track) – Click here to read Blessed-Cursed’s full review. (7.5/10)
10. Polaroid Love – The only new side track added to the repackaged album is Polaroid Love. This is slightly different to anything we have heard preceding it. Polaroid Love is a R&B pop track that is easy on the ears and has a certain softness to it that makes it delicate but appealing. Similarly, the vocals also encompass these exact same feelings and vibes, and also adds a tinge of cuteness to the song (which I am sure fans are enjoying). I found the chorus to Polaroid Love to be very catchy and the instrumental to be pleasantly upbeat. (8.5/10)
11. Outro: Day 2 – The outro track (also narrated by Jake) starts off with a pulsing background and atmospheric vibe. It’s good, but it wasn’t the same as the interlude or the intro track for this album package. (7/10)
Overall Album Rating – 8.3/10
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Overall, a strong first album for Enhypne, hope they can continue to grow from here.