Stand as gods and deliver!

It seems like just yesterday that U-Know dropped Champagne and pimped off to the military.  But it’s been just over two years and he back and bringing a little something new–and socially aware–to fans.

If you are unaware of the political upheaval in South Korea, the short of it is there was a nationwide backlash against the corruption of their president that led to her impeachment and the arrest of several top officials and business leaders.  The country is starting to settle in with a new administration, but there are still people who are seen as cronies to the last one and, essentially, U-Know is calling on them to represent the people and serve for the future of a nation.

For the most part, this song is actually pretty good and very out of what people might expect from the SM veteran.  U-Know’s rapping has been hit or miss in the past, but he does a good job of staying on flow and “on beat” (there are sections that are off-kilter, but that seems intentional).  His vocals are what sell this track, though, as he sounds fresh and passionate, going well with the theme.  The overall sound is bombastic and full of energy, matching the impetus that he expressing.

There are two things working against this song, it’s the chaotic production and the arbitrary English insertion.

The production is one of those things that is going to be very subjective in this case.  This tips right up to the line of being annoying with the number of beat-switches that are here, but there is a thematic reason for the switch and, if you can handle them, this can be a good dance/wake up track.  It doesn’t hurt that it sounds like a companion piece to Xia’s Rock The World.

The arbitrary English is harder to get our head around.  We get the fact that he wanted a catchy hook for the track, but the line drop it low has only the vaguest connection to the rest of the track (he mentions floating without gravity, but it seems (in context) like something that is meant to be a good thing).  We will say that, having listened to other socially aware pop from Korea, this is not a unique usage of this line in a similar instance.  We are freely admitting that we might be missing something and this could be a mish-mash of American slang meeting Korean idiom and going awry.

This track is worth at least one listen, though, and we hope that this means we get an album from either a solo U-Know or a duo TVXQ soon.

Trying to make a pop!gasa pun with the title and failing…

 

Lyrics:
Drop it low
The future is still covered by a veil
Can’t see it yet

We live in violent times
This generation has withered but it has been passed down to us
The result of closing our eyes, shutting our mouths and throwing away our courage at evil
Just as you’re seeing, just as you predicted
Things have been destroyed on this land
So we must start again slowly

I won’t look for miracles anymore
Oracles that are written on sand
Just one sigh can destroy everything
It’s already broken down, faith shakes

The word justice is only a word from the textbooks
The majority is dancing on the offbeat
When will the truth come again?
When will you look for me?

I can’t explain hard this feeling
Feels like I’m floating without gravity
If the bleak future is my inheritance
I’ll break it apart and start again

If you’re dreaming of a resurrection
If you’re looking for chances with a nice mask on, no
Now stop, drop it low
Please stop, drop it low
Now stop, drop it low
Please stop, drop it low

The stopped clock will go on its way
Just watch, I’ll create a new world
Now stop, drop it low
Please stop, drop it low
Now stop, drop it low
Please stop, drop it low

Don’t turn away anymore, it’s critical
Cuz it’ll become a poisonous indulgence
Even the dry land that rejection creates
Even this reality without a single shadow for me to rest under

I won’t, can’t fight this feeling
Regretting that I had to do that back then
Like a river flowing through a door that was once shut
I’m finding my place

If you’re dreaming of a resurrection
If you’re looking for chances with a nice mask on, no
Now stop, drop it low
Please stop, drop it low
Now stop, drop it low
Please stop, drop it low

The stopped clock will go on its way
Just watch, I’ll create a new world
Now stop, drop it low
Please stop, drop it low
Now stop, drop it low
Please stop, drop it low

It’s a more painful reality
But once you climb over this mountain
You’ll reach it some day
Eveyone’s ocean where you can be happy

It started with candles
Emotion is not controllable, you don’t!
Don’t stop going towards your future
Don’t go on a dangerous path
If you lose this chance
Now it’s too hard to handle
My first action to change the future is
My attitude

If you’re dreaming of a resurrection
If you’re looking for chances with a nice mask on, no
(See your attitude)
Now stop, drop it low
Please stop, drop it low
Now stop, drop it low
Please stop, drop it low

The stopped clock will go on its way
Just watch, I’ll create a new world
Now stop, drop it low
Please stop, drop it low
Now stop, drop it low
Please stop, drop it low
(Into the grave)

Now stop, drop it low
Please stop, drop it low
Now stop, drop it low
Please stop, drop it low
Now stop

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