With the recent slew of girl groups gone wild, Dal Shabet has decided to make their comeback! And why should they not? Their last single involved tons of skin, tear-away clothing, and a major emphasis on legs. Not surprisingly, it was their biggest hit since their retro inspired debut. B.B.B. (Big Baby Baby) takes what has worked in the past, but takes it in a surprising new direction.
In a market that is saturated with sex appeal, Dal Shabet is still turning heads…but for a different reason. Ditching the colorful fashions and short skirts, the girls have donned some chic, formfitting body suits and sophisticated blazers. The result is an image that is much more mature and womanly, rather than the flirty and overtly sexual territory that Dal Shabet and many other groups tend to cross into.
Not only is B.B.B. treading new ground image-wise, but musically as well. The retro 80’s inspired beat of is a surprising new twist on their sound, and the girls really nailed it! The song’s new wave, synth-pop beat is something that wouldn’t seem out of place being played between A-ha and The Eurythmics. The pulsing beat and wave of synthesizers really capture the sound of the 80’s, and infuse it with today’s Kpop sound.
Unfortunately, the song’s beat overshadows the vocals. The background vocal chants of “Big. Bay. Bay!” are catchy, and Gaeun has a rapid fire verse that is memorable, but otherwise, the song is pretty forgettable. Wohee and Serri have strong voices, but the chorus they’ve been given doesn’t really give them much to work with.
While Big Baby Baby is actually a pretty cool song, it ultimately falls short of being the chart topper it could have been with a better chorus. However, Dal Shabet definitely earned points for pulling off an awesome 80’s concept flawlessly. If they make this their new signature style, I would not be at all disappointed!
Final Score: 3/5