D-NA - 비틀비틀 (Stumble Stumble)

When D-NA started, I opened the possibility of them being the new DBSK - the image, the qualities they were showing us, and even the song were indicators that they could very well be the next biggest thing. So now they're back with a very crucial second single, and of course I have to write something about it.


When I heard the teaser and it had the autotune I was furious, because I thought "how dare they auto tune these guys!" and then I heard the song and I thought it was the most generic thing since anything. 비틀비틀 sounds like something F.Cuz, ZE:A and U-Kiss would have no problem calling their own, not that these bands have any choice but you get the point. The mostly one-dimensional instrumental, the melody and the style of autotuning thrown together into one song kinda pissed me off, and I took back their "the new DBSK" label. But that was then.

To a certain extent, I'm thankful that I didn't get to write a review for this the moment it came out because in letting it sink in I realized something.

I don't know if they thought about it, and I don't think they ever will, but there's a very good reason why this is the song D-NA are pushing and even I'm in awe. A bit. 비틀비틀 is the way it is, generic for boybands today, to show how superior D-NA are in terms of talent and performing ability. The vocals on the song are pulled of brilliantly for new boyband standards and surprisingly, they have that tiny bit of punch - you can hear the conviction in their vocals. I'm not too sure about the rap parts, but at least the vocals are brilliant to my ears.

There are people in those other boybands who can sing, but the whole point of D-NA is the fact that they took the one or two people who can sing in those average boybands and threw them into one band. Sounds familiar? DBSK were all the lead singers of SME project groups put into one group. Yes.

And to be honest, I kinda overreacted with the autotuning - there's only like a few seconds of autotuned vocals throughout the song, and the verses are left "untouched" (by obvious autotune at least). Besides, autotune is fine for me as long as they're able to sing it live with no complications - sometimes a song won't sound the same without that little bit of processing.

I realize that I was wrong in taking back their title of the new DBSK because I was expecting them to do something ala-The Way You Are. This is not 2004, and the music from then has greatly changed - D-NA are the new DBSK not because they're copying them but because they've taken the trend at this very moment and done it extremely well, better than all the other bands in their "category". That's what DBSK did then, and that's what D-NA has done now. Good job, guys.

So does this mean I have a new second favorite boyband to fangirl over? In time people, in time.

4.1/5

And a little bonus - a practice session where they actually sing! Not like the crapp SME ones where all they do is dance. Ugh. Some feedback here and there though.

8 comments:

  1. Aw, no way this song gets the same rating as Huh! 4minute's song was better, in my opinion ><

    I just can't take the video seriously. I'm sorry, but these skinny little Asian pretty boys playing football? O.O Maybe only in Korea...

    I listened to the song without the video and honestly, it's too generic and boring for my taste. If they could get a song that showcases those "superior" vocals I would like them a lot more.

    Anyways, glad you're back! :D

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  2. Just curious , who is your 2nd favourite boyband?

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  3. lol I saw your twitter post and no, I didn't remember the rating for Huh off the top of my head. I'd just finished reading that review and went to go check out the D-NA review XD

    Like I said, I'd rather D-NA have an original-sounding song so that they won't just compare to other generic boy bands, they'd blow them away haha

    Have you seen D-NA live?

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  4. Daniella - Hahah. I'd love an original song as much as you do, but I highly doubt their small talent company will bother thinking about it. If they do, fantastic, but if they never do, at least I know these boys have talent.

    I have, and they're OK, for a band of their caliber. A few more years of live singing and I hope they get brilliant.

    Anonymous - Right now it's BEAST, but it's not final because none of the boybands right now have really blown me away in all aspects - there's always something wrong with them for me. Even 2AM.

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  5. Oooh, good point! I forgot about how small their company is.

    I totally agree with you about the boybands. They all have one or two exceptional singers, and then the rest are dancers haha BEAST probably comes the closest to being great vocalists.

    Oh, hang on, I just remembered- what about SHINee?

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  6. Oooh, good point! I forgot about how small their company is.

    I totally agree with you about the boybands. They all have one or two exceptional singers, and then the rest are dancers haha BEAST probably comes the closest to being great vocalists.

    Oh, hang on, I just remembered- what about SHINee?

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  7. :)))

    Everyone in SHINee can sing (maybe Minho not so much) but I'd say they're my third favorite. I like the singles and some of the album tracks but I'm not blown away to oblivion.

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  8. in my opinion, shinee has better songs, better costumes, better packaging & better marketing - thanks to sm entertainment. dgna are better singers though. the four are already strong vocally (mika, karam, injun, hyunmin). jay is just 16 so we wait for his vocals to mature a bit (maybe it will stabilize when he is 17 or 18? but so far the boy's (Jay) part in the dgna "confession" cover is already very promising. dgna has 5 members with 5 strong vocalist - no wonder the dgna boys were always thought of by many as the next idol group vocalist of korea after dbsk. by the way, congrats to the dgna boys for winning the rookie award at the 20th seoul music awards on jan 20, 2011.

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