Korean boyband DBSK (Dong Bang Shin Ki, or THSK or TVXQ and about twenty other names they use) has been putting out Japanese releases in the past year like crazy. If you were a fangirl, you’d cry about how avex stole all your money and then go buy it and listen to everything nonstop. If you’re more of a casual listener like me, you’d probably wish they’d go away. Preferably silently. Despite strengthening record sales, the songs themselves weren’t too great. Actually, some were terrible. They’re not Johnny’s, so they don’t even have an excuse for releasing uninspired, recycled pop.
But I think they’ve really redeemed themselves with “Purple Line.”
Finally, here’s a song that is well produced. It has a great, danceable rhythm line. The vocals were enjoyable to listen to, even though Yunho’s weird high-pitched nasal rapping was a bit off-setting. It’s smooth, sexy, has a distinct hip-hop feel and thankfully reminds me more of “O” than “Choosey Lover.” I can definitely see myself grooving to this, and the other two songs in the single aren’t bad either.
“Purple Line” is such a well-done song, it sounds Korean. (I’m still rooting for them to release in Korean again, because those were songs I actually really liked.)
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