The rough and rowdy guys of B.A.P are back and bringing more edge to their music than ever with "Wake Me Up," an intense, dark track of off their 6th single album 'Rose.' Their comeback has been anticipated and the boys deliver - with some tracks being more rewarding than others.
"Wake Me Up" is a deep song that has more power in the words rather than the beat. Their instrumental is filled with everything a rock dream is made of - a powerful electric guitar (with steady strumming), blaring sounds and clapping throughout the instrumental and a lot of rises in the tempo towards the refrain as they shout "Wake Me Up" repetitiously. See for yourself in the MV below.
While the song may be addictive to others, it is simply not my cup of tea. Their voices really blend nicely with the tough instrumental, especially during the raps and the cooing "Ooh Ooh Ooh" chorus, but I wasn't impressed by this song entirely.
The MV does justice for the song as it creates a really compelling story as you can see the two main leads struggling within themselves and trying to "wake up." As you watch the lyrics alongside the MV, the story comes to life quite easily. Although it may seem like a song with a familiar concept, the lyrics have a deeper meaning.
Lyrics like "I'm awakening a different me inside. The faint light that was turned off, Wake me up, open my eyes," and "That innocent child has grown up suddenly. Now I'll awaken this fearful society" have me wondering if the idea of "waking up" is to see through someone or something after all this time and facing the lie head on.
The 'Rose' mini album continues to go on with the dark and intensified concept with "Dystopia." The heavy, rock sound and electric guitar alongside the blaring drumming are very overwhelming for those who aren't into the rock scene. The vocals are still gentle and compelling but the instrumental is, without a doubt, rough. Matching its name, the song "Dystopia" is definitely chaotic and noisy, to say the least.
After "Wake Me Up." the album comes to a close with "Diamond 4 Ya." This song has an obvious trap and hip hop influence that was done quite well. It almost sounds like something SHINee would be found singing. The melody is whiny and odd as there is a faint screeching in the background alongside the auto-tuned vocals and industrial sound effects. In a word, it is mystifying and a lot more attention grabbing than the other tracks.
Overall, the 'Rose' album was a bit weaker than I had hoped. While I appreciate most of the meaningful lyrics in the songs and was impressed to see such a strong rock sound coming from a K-Pop group, it just didn't blow me away. Although "Wake Me Up" is a lyrical masterpiece, I wasn't feeling it on the instrumental side - and when it comes to music, the sound is a major aspect of truly enjoying the music. Maybe B.A.P's next album can bloom into something more rewarding.