Zico from Block B was voted as the Best Rapper of 2017. To see who else was voted as the best for 2017, check out the results for the 2017 KPOPREVIEWED Awards by clicking here.
We last saw Block B with Shall We Dance and their mini-album, Montage, in November. At the end of 2017, it was announced that the group would return with a repackaged mini-album, titled as Re:Montage. The repackaged mini-album features 3 new songs, including Don’t Leave (the main title track), a solo song from Jaehyo and U-Kwon.
Don’t Leave is another ballad under Block B’s wing. And while it does sound quite rooted within its emotions, the song fails to capture my attention. It just doesn’t have anything that separates it from some of other songs that are currently being released. Shall We Dance grew on me with a few extra listens after writing the review for its uniqueness in terms of its sound, whereas Don’t Leave just feels very standard. That being said, there are elements of the song which I like. The instrumental starts off as piano-based but it progresses to have a band feel. It definitely has a grand feel to it.. Vocals are quite nice (harmonies were beautiful) but the best part has to be the raps. You can never go wrong in that department when it comes to Block B. The transition between Zico rapping and singing felt flawless and P.O’s segment at the end of the song was definitely the best part of the song.
The HD quality of this music video makes it feel so fresh and crisp. It draws me in when there isn’t much going on in the video. The post-apocalyptic feel that I got from the setting of the video reminds me of Love Song by Big Bang, especially Kyung’s walk along the beach. I do like the various camera angles that make the video feel artistic and aesthetic. The slowness of the imagery in the video does compliment the ballad and slower nature of the song.
[Updated] Despite it being a ballad, Block B manages to fit a choreography routine in. It didn’t feel necessary but nonetheless, it is actually very nice. I love the choreography during the post-chorus repetition moments of the song. Their hands flailing around doesn’t look in sync but it has a nice aesthetic, which is something I like.
Song – 6.5/10
Music Video – 7/10
Performance – 7/10 [Updated]
Overall Rating – 6.75/10 [Updated]