A week has passed since the first SM Station release for the second season. Which means another SM Station digital single has been unveiled for us! Last week, Red Velvet released Would U and this week, Ten from NCT, is the featured artist in the single, Dream In A Dream.
Out of all the tracks that I have reviewed and listened to (KPOP has dominated my life for the past 7 years), I had never heard with a Chinese-influenced sound (as far as I can remember). That being said, the track also infuses calming synths with the cultural sounds. It sounds quite nice and very refreshing. It reminds me a lot of chill-step, a subgenre of music that I enjoy, other than KPOP. The song is mainly instrumental, with a few lines here and there of English lyrics. It might sound boring to some people, but remember that SM Station is a way for the SM Entertainment to play around and experiment with different sounds. That is what they had done here and quite successfully might I add. While the vocal work is limited, Ten’s vocals fit the soothing nature of the song. Once the beat drops and the song start to pick up, it sounds spectacular! It’s a unique song and it’s a style that we probably won’t ever hear again for some time.
The main focus of this release is probably the dancing. You may or may not know, but Ten appeared on Hit The Stage, which gave viewers a chance to view the choreography and dancing abilities of KPOP dancers. Listening to the song, I had high expectations. And those high expectations were answered. While I think we saw Ten perform routines that were more powerful, what we get to see in the video fits the song perfectly. From his time with the back-up dancers to the interperetive couple dance, everything felt just right in this video. The colours did put me off a bit, but it didn’t ruin the experience for me. Also read somewhere that the recent SM Rookie member, Lucas, appeared in the video. Don’t know what for though, because those extra scenes made no sense. The choreography scenes would have been fine on their own. Maybe it was meant to be a confusing dream?
Song – 8/10
Music Video – 7/10
Overall Rating – 7.5/10