[Review] What Do I Do? – SPECTRUM

SPECTRUM has returned to the stage for the first time since their debut with Light It Up. It is also their first comeback since the tragic loss of their rapper, Kim Dong Yoon, who passed away in July of this year. The news was very unexpecting and I wondered how the group was going to proceed, particularly since they just started. But I am glad that they are doing well enough for a comeback. Their latest title track. What Do I Do?, is featured on the group’s second mini-album, Timeless Moment.

What Do I Do? is one of the songs that has a really good build-up but a very underwhelming chorus. But more on that a little later on. The song starts off with the classic mix of piano and electronic. Very nostalgic. The verses follow quite nicely, with the verses showcasing a good set of vocals from the two members. We continue the vocal momentum with the really well-polished pre-chorus, with the constant beats and the falsetto combination. And now, we approach my initial comments. The drop to the chorus was fine. It is just the repetitive nature of the chorus that causes it to go bland and feel lacking its dynamic nature. We get raps in the second verse and a softer rap sequence during the bridge. Both sounded quite nice. Together, it makes the song quite promising. But the chorus is the main problem.

While I think the video could have had a lot more going on in it, what they did deliver was quite good. I like the way they started with the one guy (sorry, I don’t know any names to the members) walking alone into the abandoned setting, which I recognise to be that set with the concrete staircases. A lot of music videos this year was shot there. I like the way they transitioned between that introductory segment to the actual start of the performance. The rest of the video showcased closeups under coloured lights, which I thought were cool but quite typical and your standard choreography shots.

The performance was good but it wasn’t that impressive. I mean, it felt fitting for the song. But I felt the amount of work the members were putting in for the chorus could have been more worthwhile under an intense sounding chorus. I did like the way they started the entire dance routine.

Song – 7/10
Music Video – 7/10
Performance – 6/10
Overall Rating – 6.8/10

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