It’s been a while since we’ve seen a full on horror concept in K-pop. During their peak, boy group VIXX were supplying us with a constant blast of horror inspired pop on the ready. But since the enlistment of most of their members, this particular sub-genre has been left all but deserted. However, Pentagon have put an end to the drought with the exhilarating and daring Dr. (Dr. BeBe).
Though I detest their last comeback, I have adored most of Pentagons work. From Like This to Sha La La, the group delivered a no filler all killer singles run, with Japanese single Cosmo being their best work yet. After the small bump in the road that was Humph, Dr.베베(Dr. BeBe) restores this near flawless singles run by going full horror show. This is the kind of ambition that I want boy group tracks to harness. No holding back and going straight for the throat of the song. Opening with a We Will Rock You esque stomp, the listener is immediately thrown into the tracks dark propulsive brew. The dark bass that underlines most of the first verse is an excellent addition conjuring a sinister atmosphere that perfectly exemplifies the dark brooding template the song is going for. Though the following segments are abit too laced in trap hi-hats for my liking, it doesn’t derail the momentum too much.
However, this is all Childs play for the gargantuan chorus at the songs core. It absolutely explodes and pulses forward with the kind of momentum we rarely see currently. Not to mention the goosebump enduing crescendos that top off the first part of the chorus. This is undoubtedly one of the best displays of vocal prowess we will see all year. The post chorus hook is also fantastic, recalling the glory days of VIXX in the best way possible. I especially love the frantic synths and hard hitting percussion that underlines most of the hook. It provides the necessary drama to really transform this into the mammoth refrain it wants to be. That’s not to take anything away from Pentagon, who attack the song with fierce enthusiasm. It’s all exhilarating stuff, and easily equates to one of the years most bombastic comebacks.
*Also make sure to check out the fantastic music video, where the members are psychotic mental asylum patients.
Final Rating: 9/10