For the first time this week, I am able to post two reviews on the same night! This review will be for Kim Dong Han’s latest release (which just dropped a few hours ago). The song is titled Focus and is featured on the artist’s third mini-album, D-HOURS AM 7:03. We last saw Kim Dong Han through his Good Night Kiss promotions back in October 2018. Deviating from the review slightly, I like to inform you that Kim Dong Han was my pick for Best New Soloist in the 2018 KPOPREVIEWED Awards. Now back on the review!
Focus is rather interesting. The song is all about focusing on your lover, yet the instrumental was rather choppy, creating a nice contrast to the usual expected peaceful conditions when you want to focus on something. And this definitely gives off more texture when compared to other songs. I really liked how they used the ‘Focus on You’line as p[art of the instrumentation as well. A dynamic touch to the song, if you ask me. Kim Dong Han also showcases his vocals in this song, which I thought really popped on top of this electronic instrumentation. I particularly like the way he sang (or maybe rapped) the pre-chorus section, which was another textural device but also very captivating when compared to the other sections of the song. I think the song could have benefited from a rap sequence via a featuring rapping. I think this could have boosted the song and made it more intense. But what we got is already very good, so definitely no complaints from me.
I don’t think there is much of a plotline to the video. But all the close-up shots that focus on Kim Dong Han seem to fit aesthetically with each other. Kim Dong Han’s visual game is rather strong, making this very appropriate for a song titled as Focus. I really liked the emphasis on the colour blue during those choreography shots with the blue set and Kim Dong Han’s blue pants. I think the music video is definitely captivating despite there not being much content int eh video besides close-ups and choreography shots.
But something that I am extremely excited for is the performance. It is his strongest effort and display of energy yet. His enthusiasm alone in the music video really makes me keen to watch his live performances. As for the dance, a lot of complex moves are present. My favourite so far has to be the jumpy moves during the post-chorus. But everything else looks amazing!
Song – 9/10
Music Video – 8/10
Performance – 10/10
Overall Rating – 8.9/10