When I first heard Think of Dawn a week ago, I didn’t really think much of it. That’s why despite Ghost9 having a rather hyped debut cycle, I didn’t get around to giving Think Of Dawn the full review that many expected. But a day or two ago, the track came around on shuffle and my entire opinion was flipped on its head. Rather than be the generic lumbering mess I had initially assumed it to be, Think Of Dawn is actually quite strong in its own right.
Despite adhering quite heavily to the loud, dark, edm infused boy group title tracks of the past year, Think Of Dawn possess enough unique shifts to really standout. Chief amongst these is the unexpected dubstep influenced dance break that follows the second chorus. It’s a moment that initially comes across as jarring but improves greatly upon further listens. A daring inclusion for sure but one that I think genuinely pays off. The same could be said for much of the tracks first verse, which unveils itself over a stomping instrumental that feels instantly commanding. It’s not something we havn’t seen many times before but one that feels suitably dramatic. I appreciate how the verses here actually feel like they’re driving Think Of Dawn forward instead of feeling like the usual lurching mush. But despite a rather engaging melody, the instrumental is far too noisy for my tastes. I appreciate its attempt at bombast but this kind of clattertrap instrumental isn’t really too my taste.
All bets are off however when we reach the chorus, which has grown on me immensely since I first heard it. After a gorgeous, pre chorus, Think Of Dawn slams the listener with an anthemic hook that soars. It carries a commanding, near militaristic sound that I adore and it’s great to see a song so heavily committed to a fleshed out melody instead of an instrumental drop. Ghost9 clearly have a strong vocal line and while I would have liked to see more of their vocal prowess throughout the track, it lends a great sense of fulfilment and enrichment to the chorus. This is a track that could have easily been lost in shuffle with the dozens of edgy boy group songs released this year but I’m glad to say that Think Of Dawn is a keeper and one of the years strongest debut efforts. I look forward to see how Ghost9 develop their sound from here.
Final Rating: 8.5/10