The other day I hopped on Spotify and compiled a playlist of every single and solo project Mamamoo have ever released. Though I have appreciated some of their past work, they just haven’t connected as strongly with me, as they have with many others. I’ve enjoyed many of their singles (most notably the excellent Decalcommie), but almost all their solo efforts have fallen flat for me. Even Hwasa’s quirky and extremely charismatic Twit, the strongest of their solo work, didn’t last long on my playlist. That’s why I wasn’t exactly ‘hyped’ for rapper Moonbyul’s solo comeback Eclipse. And the end result confirms my initial scepticism.
The last we heard from Moonbyul, she was bopping along with Red velvet member Seulgi on the light hearted Selfish. Though rather inconsequential, the track provided a pleasant sidestep from the expected rapper solo stereotype. Eclipse is the polar opposite, cobbling together almost every single modern boy group trope into one hard hitting, but rather generic package. With an album titled “The Dark Side Of The Moon”, I’m expecting some rather interesting and odd twists, such as Pink Floyd’s hugely influential 1973 record of the same name. And while the rest of album might provide such joys, Eclipse‘s generic soundscape is as joyless as they come.
Stuffed to the brim with loud clattering trap beats and aggressive synths, the songs arrangement is just unpleasant. Though the vocals are delivered by Moon Byul, I can almost hear exactly how it would sound being performed by a boy group. On paper, this gender bending approach does come across as very exciting, I just wish she used a more innovative template for the track. Moonbyul sells most of it through sheer charisma alone, but I can just envision how much better the track would have been with a much more dynamic arrangement. The verses come and go with their noisy, grating production, and the moody explosive refrain feels completely lifeless. Though I know that this song is going to be a massive success on the charts, I still fail to understand all the rave over this rather ugly musical direction.
Final Rating: 6.25 / 10