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[Song & MV Review] KARD - 'Don't Recall'

By AllK_Maknae   Tuesday, February 28, 2017   21,531   3,534   0
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After garnering attention with their co-ed group concept and hit debut track "Oh NaNa," the 4 member rookie group KARD are back to strike while the iron is still hot. The group continues to impress and make new fans with their 'Vol. 2' follow-up track "Don't Recall."


SEE ALSO: KARD joins the '2017 Asia Artist Awards' lineup

 




"Don't Recall" is definitely a unique song. From the moment it begins, there is a strong synthetic, tribal-like beat that sounds mesmerizing and quite impressive. The instrumental is loud and blaring as it utilizes a unique, repetitious echoing "Da Da Da Da Da" vocal with auto-tuned trumpet pitches alongside consistent drumming and snares. 


Check out the zany MV below.


  The blend of feminine vocals and powerful male voices make this group stand out nicely and effortlessly. The song also contains a lot of rises and changes in tempo, so it doesn't necessarily settle into one style or sound. The beginning is smooth and an easy listen for the ears towards the first refrain, but I appreciate the climactic ending. 




Visually, the MV is very artsy and utilizes a lot of effective camera angles and movements - especially during the dance break. It really emphasizes the swanky movements and makes this chill dance a lot more interesting. 


When it comes to the lyrics, I'm hooked! I love the deep rooted passion and anger in the lyrics and the words seem to buzz around the listener's head that the singers want to escape this toxic relationship since they "Don't recall when we were good together." The message isn't out of the ordinary but the presentation is stellar.




Aside from that, the aesthetics are pleasing on the eye. I love the all white mixed with gray sets and also enjoy the cornered rooms with various lighting and imagery flowing across their bodies. The "high class," expensive sets seemed to serve no purpose in my opinion and the MV doesn't tell much of a story which makes it rather bland but still enjoyable to watch. 




Altogether, 'Vol. 2' and "Don't Recall" are an impressive piece of music. It may not be for everyone but it is definitely worth listening to and is a nice break from the trend-catering music being put out lately. It is distinct, different but doesn't come off as ridiculous or try hard in the end.


Score


MV Relevance.......7
MV Production......7
MV Concept..........7
Songwriting..........7
Composition.........7
Impression............8


OVERALL............7.1


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  3. dont recall


Exo_Leia Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Is it one person who rates or a bunch of different people, because this score compared to others doesn't make any sense.

Luxorris Wednesday, March 1, 2017

TWICE gets 9 for pijama party - KARD gets 7 for actual music and talent. Well played, thats just show that shit in pretty box sells well.

SarahT1998 Wednesday, March 1, 2017

I will give it a 9.. it has a different sound.. especially in the kpop industry..

KARD_LIFE SarahT1998 Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Agree

kddicted Wednesday, March 1, 2017

wtf...twice is higher..

vincentrob11 Wednesday, March 1, 2017

You say it's good but u gave it a 7.1? How about an 8?

karared Wednesday, March 1, 2017

9.7 for me. get your ass off author!

dahyessi Tuesday, February 28, 2017

If kard were a sm group, then they would get a 10

jeyjin Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tribal? wtf? Go back to whatever school made you credible to even accurately critique music. Better yet, get your money back.

KyuHyung19 Tuesday, February 28, 2017

I will rate this song 10/10. This song is Lit!

Panos86 Tuesday, February 28, 2017

I know opinions and all but seriously this bop slays and deserves more... -_-

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