[Review] Lee Daehwi’s “Rose, Scent, Kiss” is the stand out from the AB6IX solos – Asian Junkie – KpopHit

AB6IX’s solo project 5NALLY is mostly one long dirge, where the members’ personalities take a backseat to the kind of trendy music that prioritizes “cool” over interesting. Lee Daehwi’s Rose, Scent, Kiss stands as a beacon of authenticity amid all the generic pop surrounding it. It’s not a tremendous track on its own, but benefits from comparison and embraces its performer’s strengths.

It’s gratifying to see Daehwi lean into his more androgynous
tendencies as an idol, especially within a group that has largely played
it safe when it comes to musical choices. In many ways, Rose, Scent, Kiss
feels like the kind of sultry dance pop track that would usually be
given to a female performer like Sunmi. Daehwi has publicly stated his
appreciation for her work in the past, so the similarity is likely
intention. The song also borrows one of Sunmi’s frequent collaborators
in producer Frants. His ear for a pop melody elevates the final product.

Much of Rose’s verses are the kind of the trap-pop nonsense
that I complain about daily, held aloft by finger snap percussion and
Daehwi’s own charisma. They don’t do much for me, but they lead into a
chorus that offers a needed anchor for the track. The instrumental
brings in more electronic elements, coupled with a catchy, beguiling
hook that makes as good a use of the English language as any comeback in
recent memory. The refrain is both confrontational and vulnerable, and
the mix works well. It triggers a stronger second verse, which plays
with melody and phrasing in a way that maintains interest even as those
incessant trap beats continue to bluster in the background. Given a
different arrangement, Rose, Scent, Kiss could have been an
absolute revelation. As it stands, the song settles for being the
definitive highlight on a severely underwhelming album.

Source: AsianJunkie

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