[Review] Real Men – The East Light

It has been a long time coming but I am officially reviewing The East Light!! The 6 member boy band have been around since 2016, debuting with Holla. At the time of their debut, the group had an average age of 15. In 2017, the band made three comebacks with You’re My LoveLove Is… and I Got YouManaged by Media Line Entertainment, some of the members have been known to have participated in some variety shows such as Voice Kids, Superstar K3 and Produce 101 Season 2.

While I admit that I wasn’t that drawn to their previous works, Real Men sparked an interest due to their image change. More on that later but that’s the reason why I started to listen to the song. The sound of the song is definitely more mature than their past tracks but it also keeps to their more youthful sounds heard in their previous works. The track had a funky vibe, which was okay, but I felt like they could have gone a step further with the funkiness. That way, the track would have definitely been more appealing. That synth, which resembles the sound of something spiralling down, during the second half of the chorus was very ear-catching and worked well with the song. The vocal work, despite the higher pitch, was nice and a unique element that the group brings. Those ad-libs at the end just made everything feel so good. But the definite spotlight stealer was the rap sequence. It was quite addictive and a very strong element that made the song even better.

As mentioned before, I was definitely drawn to their more mature and darker concept. In pictures, it looked quite cool and definitely something I am drawn to in this industry. The video portrayed this very well. Part of me, however, felt the video felt a tad too dark but it allowed to add a level of aesthetics to the video. The black and white filter also worked well. Like the song, I like the rapper’s part of the music video. It definitely kept up with the tempo and intensity of the song. Overall, it is a good video to watch.

Song – 7.5/10
Music Video – 8/10
Overall Rating – 7.7/10

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