Seventeen’s Japanese discography has been a combined bag, opening with the unbelievable Name Name Name in 2018 and by no means fairly matching that vitality. Lots of their J-pop songs pattern towards the lyrical, choosing dreamy soundscapes and subdued tempos. New single Dream could also be their most reserved observe but. I’d go so far as calling it “straightforward listening” — the type of sentimental b-side that may seem within the second half of an album, after the musical fireworks have subsided.
It’s not unusual for teams to launch slower-paced materials close to the vacations. Japan is an particularly accessible marketplace for this type, and I’m certain Dream will do effectively. However for me, the music wafts pleasantly in a single ear and out the opposite. That is regardless of the group’s reliably polished efficiency. The observe is refreshingly devoid of the heavy HYBE vocal processing that has snuck into a few of their Korean work over the previous few years. Dream may comfy match alongside their debut-era materials, although it wouldn’t have caught out as a lot of a spotlight.
Dream‘s verses are livelier than its refrain — particularly the second-verse rap showcase. The music’s vitality briefly spikes earlier than retreating to the lullaby-esque tempo of the pre-chorus. The refrain is repetitive to a fault, although it expands properly throughout its second half. This section jogs my memory of a vacation music. It’d most likely sound good subsequent to a crackling hearth because it snows outdoors. In any other case, Dream is a forgettable addition to Seventeen’s discography.