Review: Seventeen - Home;Run
Sorry for taking, like, forever to get this review out!
May I just say how painful it is to write this review while spell-check keeps wanting me to fix the word 'Home;Run'. Can't blame it too, I initially thought Big Hit made a spelling error when commissioning the title. Nevertheless, I will bear through the review through my sheer iron will.
I love big band elements as well as these retro swing and jazz influences. Super Junior's 'Black Suit' is one of my favorite K-Pop songs ever, and I have been listening to a lot of jazz-era music this month, more than modern pop actually. I love Seventeen, they are one of the most promising groups to arise from the second half of the last decade, Home;Run was acclaimed by people with similar music tastes to mine, so this should be an easy 9, right? Well, not really.
First things, the clap samples instantly steal the show and the verses answer the question of "how would K-Jazz/Big Band/Swing era music?". I love the vibing verses. The classy pre-chorus is also very 108 Ent-liking-style.
The chorus, on the other hand, is a tad bit one-note. It could so do with a better emphasis on the excellent instrumental. And while the hooks fall flat, the instrumental is one of my favorites this month.
Home;Run is just one of those songs where it is hard to judge how it will age, my possible scores varied from 9.25 to 7.5 (explaining the late arrival of the review). In the end, I think the song has finally clicked with me, though not at a 9.25 level, it is a solid song with tons of room to grow.