GOT7 – DYE: Kpop Album Review

Yesterday GOT7 released their 11th EP titled DYE. It has six songs including the title track “NOT BY THE MOON” 

There are also four extra tracks, but those are only available on the physical CDs. Here is the full tracklist for this comeback – img_4897I already have a short profile for GOT7. Use this link 👉🏼 GOT7 – CALL MY NAME: Album Review

(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exacts thoughts while listening to each song.)

Reaction to Title Track/Official MV:

  • It opens up with us entering a circus or theatre tent.
  • I like the visuals for the music video.
  • Oh, so this is going to be a smooth R&B groove with some hip-hop influence… Okay.
  • I like the melody.
  • BamBam is always a vibe with white hair.
  • The choreography is sharp. I am enjoying this.
  • From what I’ve seen so far, I can tell that there’s a theme for the theatrical scenes, but I can’t figure it out.
  • The room they’re dancing in looks like a Greek/Roman museum because of the carved statues and interior design.
  • I don’t know how I feel about the chorus yet. Maybe the second drop will sound better to me.
  • That aside, JB and Yugyeom did great with the vocals during the chorus.
  • There is a consistent drumbeat that runs throughout the song, and I like it.
  • I love how Mark came in with his rap. Very smooth
  • The choreography is solid. Every member is killing the moves.
  • I like it when the dancing scene switched to them dressed in black and white standing on that pillared podium. I think those outfits are my favourites.
  • I see a lot of Roman-inspired visuals, and I know it means something.
  • I like the chorus now that I have heard it the second time. It might be my favourite section of this song.
  • The background vocals and layering on this song are very soothing.
  • Yesss JB hit me with vocals.
  • Also, Yugyeon, with that final high note was epic.
  • Everyone is serving looks and talent as always, but JB came for my heart in this comeback.
  • Oh, what does the horse carriage scene at the end mean??
  • I know I am missing out on the subliminal messages in the music video, but I do like “NOT BY THE MOON”
  • Another good song from GOT7.
  • Before I move on, I have to look up the interpretation of the visuals.
  • So this song is inspired by act 2: scene 2 of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In that play, there is a scene where Romeo professes his undying love to Juliet while swearing on the moon, and she warns him not to swear by the moon because of its ever changing nature.
  • Aside from the title reference, there were other hints made to Romeo and Juliet in the music video. For one, them staring at the balcony represents Romeo waiting for Juliet, and I think the pigeons are a sign of exchanged letters between the lovers.
  • Also, the little bottle that appears during the first chorus mirrors the poison that the lovebirds drank, and the white coffins signify their death.
  • Even GOT7’s outfits fit the period setting of Romeo and Juliet.
  • The track order for the EP also follows the story of Romeo and Juliet. If you’ve ever read Romeo and Juliet, you will get what I mean but if you haven’t here is my little breakdown –

    – “AURA” (this is the first encounter)

    – “CRAZY” (the intense feeling of love)

    – “NOT BY THE MOON” (a confession of love and the hint of danger)

    – “LOVE YOU BETTER” (willingness to give up everything and put love first)

    – “TRUST MY LOVE” (fighting to keep your relationship no matter what, hence they must trust each other)

    – “POISON” (this, of course, implies death)

  • Okay, now that we all understand the concept, let’s go ahead and check out the remaining songs.

Album Review: img_4899Here is the album sampler –

  1. AURA – I like how this starts with some soft vocal runs. Right before the chorus, the instrumental seems distorted, and I love the build-up effect it creates. From the little English lyrics, I think this is about a first meeting that feels like deja vu because of the strong attraction towards that certain someone. The vocal sections on this are so good. I like the melody for the chorus and the way they say the word “aura.” I also like how the beat drops whenever they say aura. The rap sections are chill and perfect for the tempo of this song. I appreciate the electronic breakdown for the bridge because it’s groovy. I have noticed a significant EDM influence on a majority of GOT7’s songs. It’s an continuous theme. I truly enjoyed this song, it took me a while to get into it, but it’s a grower. “AURA” is playlist worthy.
  2. CRAZY – That distorted sound again. I guess we are getting R&B bobs throughout this EP, and I don’t mind. I am living for the soft starts, smooth vocals and groovy raps. I LOVVEEEE the chorus. “CRAZY” is for sure, going on my playlist, and it’s my favourite from all three songs I have heard. I love the bouncy but calm feel of the beat. The vocals on this are absolutely a blessing to my ears. I want to close my eyes and thoroughly enjoy this song because it’s that good.
  3. NOT BY THE MOON – Yea, this hits better listening to it the second time, and the chorus is undoubtedly my favourite part. “NOT BY THE MOON” also follows the chill and bouncy vibe that I have been getting from the previous songs. I like this EP. At first, I was skeptical, but I am officially in love with this era’s vibe.
  4. LOVE YOU BETTER – Nice touch with the finger-snapping and once again, the vocals are high-quality. That quick falsetto entry was perfect. “LOVE YOU BETTER” makes me want to do a little shoulder shimmy-shimmy dance, Lol. I love how they sing this part 👉🏼 “Yea, I need you in my life. I want you for my whole life.” It’s so beautiful. The chorus is delicate and soothing. I like how they rapped in unison, the harmonization between their different tones is perfect. Another chill but groovy track and I am savouring every second.
  5. TRUST MY LOVE – The beat on this one is very catchy, and it reminds me of something, but I can’t place it right now. Yesss Jackson come in with that deep voice. Is it just me that hears some Latin influence??? Or are my ears playing tricks on me??? Anyways, “TRUST MY LOVE” is a bit different sounding in comparison to other songs, but it still follows the same chill vibe. I think for me, this song is more on the hip-hop side than R&B. I still like it, but I might have to give it a few more listens to really love it.
  6. POISON – Alright, last track, what do you have for me?? I hear some whistling, and this is also more on the hip-hop spectrum. Jackson’s voice is so distinct; hence I can easily pick him out. Oooh, this is a BOP💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼. I think I just discovered another favourite. Yesss, this is a LIT and excellent way to close this album. I’m just going to enjoy myself because this goes hard but still in a chill type of way. GOT7 ain’t playing. Was that JB on that high note towards the end?? Also, those vocal runs for the closing are pure eargasm. My head has been bouncing since this song started. I need to listen to it again. “POISON” is playlist worthy.

Final Thoughts:

As I mentioned earlier, I was quite skeptical when I first heard the title track, but mid-way through this review, I came to appreciate DYE’s sound. I love how they kept things chill and soothing but still went hard. I love the Romeo and Juliet concept, and I can’t wait to read all the lyric translations for the B-side tracks. I genuinely found something intriguing in each song, so I can say that GOT7 impressed me with this EP. I believe everyone can find at least one song they truly like among all six tracks. As of now, my favourites songs are – “POISON” – “CRAZY” and – “NOT BY THE MOON”

My rating for GOT7’s eleventh EP – DYE is 10/10. As always, I will continue to look forward to new releases from this talented group. 

If you’ve listened to this EP, what are your thoughts?


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