For the previous a number of Kingdom comebacks, I’ve discovered myself extra enamored with the group’s b-sides than their title tracks. Their high-concept sequence appears to place emphasis on efficiency items somewhat than songs that stand nicely on their very own. This stays true for brand spanking new single Lengthy Dwell The King (백야), however there are sufficient musical goodies thrown into its association to make this a straightforward standout of their discography.
Typically, songs could be too fussy for their very own good. Slightly than lean into their apparent strengths, they shift and drop and attempt to do an excessive amount of without delay. Lengthy Dwell The King is responsible of this and would vastly enhance with some beneficiant tightening. However, ambition is a part of Kingdom’s schtick. I can’t fault them for attempting to do as a lot as they’ll in 4 minutes’ time. I simply want the tune would linger on a few of its strongest moments. The funky beat that emerges throughout verse one is so good. We might’ve had a complete tune constructed round it. However, it disappears in seconds – changed by lumbering percussion that feels much more generic.
Fortunately, Lengthy Dwell The King is anchored by a memorable refrain. The association varies right here as nicely, and the monitor is at its greatest when it goes full bore. I like the pummeling percussion that underlines a lot of this centerpiece. It feels as if the group is throwing all the things they’ve at us. The power is galvanizing. However, this drama makes King’s missteps much more apparent. Like so many different Okay-pop tracks, its second verse is inert and jarring. Thank goodness it’s transient. And, the tune hits the place it counts, delivering an exhilarating climax that sends us out on a excessive.