When it comes to Vixx, you never know what they are going to do next.  They started off with a dark and brooding sound accompanied by (somewhat) disturbing visuals and have gradually moved to a slightly brighter sound.  Their latest falls into a third category with Love Equation and is a throwback disco track that also, somehow, manages to sound like late 90s/early 2000s kpop.

Dynamite is the brightest track from their new single, Velos.  The track does start off a little meh before immediately buying itself back as the full production kicks in and the vocals fill out some.   The old-school beatwork brings the bulk of the energy to the song as the vocals are not up to that usual Vixx-style and seem subdued.  While that doesn’t kill the song outright, it does make it a harder sell at times.  The slow switch on the bridge, however, is stunning as the highlight of the track.

The one thing we can’t quite wrap our head around is exactly how dynamite title works in the song as a metaphor.  While it’s probably mean to team with the lines about wreaking havoc and making a mess, the thrust of the song is about jealousy over an ex moving on and just kind of throws things off a bit.  Of course, this is also a thing from that same era of kpop; interjected English lines that don’t make a ton of sense in the song overall.

We don’t ever want to lose pop!gasa

Lyrics:
It’s too late girl
All mine her mind X 3
Maybe I’m jealous

What’re you looking at? Let go of me
Don’t tell me to calm down
What’s the use of it all?
I already see the end anyway
Bartender, one more drink, I need more (one shot)
One more (two shot)
Let me get messed up (let go)
Leave me alone (gonna shake it down)

You are the tilted moon over there
You’re disappearing into the dark
The time is too late, I try turning back the clock
I got one night, let’s wreak havoc
(come on girl)

(Dynamite)
I’m gonna be temperamental just for today
(Dynamite)
Go crazy, jump, make a mess, shake it down
(Dynamite)
Even if I have to flip over the whole world girl
Please don’t leave me today

Abracadabra, make this come true, all mine
Abracadabra, make her mind go back

I won’t believe it, something must’ve gone wrong
You don’t know anything
She was supposed to be mine

This is a dream that’s like a nightmare
Someone is messing around with me
We’ve just missed each other,
The time is too late, I try turning back the clock
I got one night, let’s wreak havoc
(come on girl)

(Dynamite)
I’m gonna be crooked just for today
(Dynamite)
Push, throw, shake, shake it down
(Dynamite)
Even if I have to change the whole world girl
Please don’t leave me today

This is all a dream (yes right)
It’s like a nightmare inside a nightmare, even if I rebel
Someone keeps putting me to sleep
Someone is singing a magical lullaby
Even if all the villains of the world gathered
They wouldn’t play this cruel joke, oh no
She went from Snow White to a witch overnight
Something is clearly wrong

When tomorrow comes, I need to swallow in this reality
Though it’s bitter, though I already know
I got one night, I can’t let you go
It’s a never ending story

(Dynamite)
I was supposed to be the hero
(Dynamite)
But I’ve become the villain
(Dynamite)
Even if I have bad intentions girl
I wanna steal you so don’t leave me

(Dynamite)
I’m gonna be temperamental just for today
(Dynamite)
Go crazy, jump, make a mess, shake it down
(Dynamite)
Even if I have to flip over the whole world girl
Please don’t leave me today

Abracadabra, make this come true, all mine
Abracadabra, make her mind go back

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