Bulldok – “Why Not” Review

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Bulldok – Why Not

Reviewed
on December 23, 2016

And
so, while many fans and listeners have argued this song is an amazing debut for
Bulldok and is an incredibly solid song, once again I will be on the opposing
side: I argue “Why Not” is a song that, in portions, seemingly holds well, but
once we account for its overall lack of cohesion, we will instead find a song
that is ultimately too clunky.

Personal Message:
With only a few days left in December,
admittedly I am on a slight rush and thus, I do apologize if this seeps into
the following reviews. For some random background, I had originally planned to
review “Why Not” towards early November, but as we can tell, that did not
happen. Nevertheless, given Bulldok’s debut was cherished by many—and that it
is always a pleasure to review artists who I have yet to cover on the blog—I have
decided to indeed review them despite the great delay.

In regards to “Why Not” and this
review in general, I will be clear: many fans will most likely not be content with
it. I say this due to the given ratings—many of which are on the lower end. And
so, while many fans and listeners have argued this song is an amazing debut for
Bulldok and is an incredibly solid song, sadly I will be on the opposing side: I
argue “Why Not” is a song that, in portions, seemingly holds well, but once we account
for its overall lack of cohesion, we will instead find a song that is
ultimately too clunky.

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Song Score: 4/10
(3.75/10 raw score) – “Slightly below average”


Vocals: 4/10


Sections: 4/10
(3.71/10 raw score)

Introduction, Rap,
Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Rap, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus,
Conclusion (Introduction)

1.     Introduction:
5/10

2.     Rap: 7/10

3.     Verse: 3/10

4.     Pre-Chorus: 3/10

5.     Chorus: 2/10

6.     Bridge: 2/10

7.     Conclusion (Introduction): 4/10


Instrumental: 3/10


Lyrics: 4/10

Bulldok right here
Bulldok right here
Yeah yeah yeah
Let’s get it poppin’
Ayo, ayo
B.U.L.L.D.O.K girl
Ayo, ayo
Yes we back in a house
Ayo, ayo
B.U.L.L.D.O.K girl
Ayo, ayo

Hey guys let me introduce myself
Put away the boring kids
Don’t be embarrassing
The crazy dog of this place is me
I don’t want to stop
Don’t stop me
The moment you act arrogant,
you’ll be bitten apart
Rap that’s not like a rookie’s
It makes everyone’s legs shake
Yeah I’m on the flow
When I start to ride the flow,
it’ll be game over for you

Let’s go to the party
(Trust me and follow me)
Let’s go to the party
(The bounce that pulls me)
Don’t stop the sound that calls me
Don’t touch me I’m going right now
Yeah, I’m looking for yeah-eah-eah

Anyone can say that I’m crazy
I don’t care if they curse at me
Who can stop me?

Let’s say I partied a bit
I chewed some gum
Who cares?
Ayo ayo
Who cares if I play more?
I’m not mature
Who cares?
Ayo ayo

So boring, you’re just the same
How can a puppy recognize a tiger?
So I’ll go on top of the tiger’s head
No one knows the result until you come across me
A free fly
I’ll step on the heads of those
who don’t think highly of me
I’ll climb on top, you should practice
You nod your head even without a punchline

Let’s go to the party
(Trust me and follow me)
Let’s go to the party
(The bounce that pulls me)
Don’t stop the sound that calls me
Don’t touch me I’m going right now
Yeah, I’m looking for yeah-eah-eah

Anyone can say that I’m crazy
I don’t care if they curse at me
Who can stop me?

Let’s say I partied a bit
I chewed some gum
Who cares?
Ayo ayo
Who cares if I play more?
I’m not mature
Who cares?
Ayo ayo

Boys are all the same
No love, no no
Everyone says this is reality
Stop that nonsense talk

Let’s say I partied a bit
I chewed some gum
Who cares?
Ayo ayo
Who cares if I play more?
I’m not mature
Who cares?
Ayo ayo

Ayo, ayo
B.U.L.L.D.O.K girl
Ayo, ayo
Yes we back in a house
Ayo, ayo
B.U.L.L.D.O.K girl
Ayo, ayo

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Analysis: Beginning
first with my prior statement of how “Why Not” seemingly holds well, it should
be noted that perhaps “seemingly” is an inappropriate word; more accurately
said, there are strong points that
actually hold well and I do wish to highlight them. Especially if we focus on
the song in individual portions—essentially, if we see each category in of themselves
(vocals, sections, etc.) and do not account for the song in its entire unity—then
indeed, “Why Not” appears to be appealing.

For
example, the rapping is phenomenal. With the sonic component in specific, usual
strong points exist: the flow, pacing, and tune remain diverse and dynamic.
What remains most impressive I argue, though, is the raps’—and if being
specific here, the rappers’—ability to effectively manage the complexity at
hand. Listening attentively, we find that the rap sections are able to maintain
a smooth, coherent flow despite the prevalent minor pauses and quickened paces.
One would expect the raps to become disorganized or at the very least to sound
choppy as a result of those added aspects, but indeed, due to the prowess of
Kimi and Hyeongeun, that is not the case.

All
that said, I now wish to turn our focus onto the more critical part of the
review: why, despite the rap sections—or for that matter, anything else—sounding
well on their own, “Why Not” in its entirety still falters.

The
biggest issue I find with the song is it simply lacks organic unity—a term that
is typically more for painting but that I find to be very relevant in our case.
In summary, “organic unity”—in our case—is referring to how everything in the
song fits in and connects with one another. On a minor level, this could be
focusing in on how transitions bind sections together, but on a larger scale,
this could refer to whether the instrumental suits the vocals, and whether such
pairing suits with the sections themselves and so on. With this in mind, I wish
to argue why I find “Why Not” a somewhat weaker song: it lacks organic unity;
even if the song in individual aspects are solid—such as the raps—once we focus
on the song in whole, very little of it connects together.

There
are two blatant examples to analyze: the bridge and pre-choruses. Each on their
own are seemingly solid sections: the pre-choruses showcase powerful, intensive
vocals that provide the usual transition into the choruses, and for the bridge,
it grants a pause to the song all while showcasing equally powerful and
strenuous vocals. However, I argue for listeners to look beyond just the sonic
level and to instead equally consider the structural side. With the pre-choruses,
it is far too sudden of a switch from its prior section—the verses. With the
verses being slower paced and calm, the pre-choruses switching to an exceptionally
more intense section is far too abrupt. There needs to be something to
minimalize that jump, and unfortunately, there is nothing in place for such.
Even then, the pre-choruses are far too overpowering. Likewise, the bridge
follows a similar issue: the transition to it is nonexistent, and even if there
was an appropriate switch, the bridge’s dramatic and dragged flow fails to fit
in to the song’s upbeat and strenuous style that is seen in the raps and
choruses.

Furthermore,
returning to the raps, though they sonically hold well, let us consider them in
a structural context. For one, the raps themselves are structured in an
extremely peculiar manner: a slower, calmer start that then builds up in
intensity and climaxes within itself. For why this matters, the raps are
composed in a manner so that it is almost like these sections are a song within
a song—and this, in “Why Not” ‘s case, is troubling. If the rap sections begin
and properly conclude within themselves, fitting into the song itself is
difficult as there is nothing to build into
or out of the rap sections. Compared
to other raps in other songs where those raps are used to help progress a song
into its upcoming chorus or a rap is used as a post-chorus, there is a gained
sense of unity: the raps in those songs are there to help carry out the song.
Unfortunately in “Why Not,” even if the raps themselves are excellently
executed, they fail to fit into the larger scheme of the song. The raps come
and go—nothing more or less. Because of that, and for that matter the other
sections such as the pre-choruses and bridge, there is a lack of cohesion for the
song and this is why I find “Why Not”
to be a slightly weaker song.

All
in all, it is “Why Not” ‘s lack of unity that indirectly impairs it. It is hard
to find, for example, the instrumental enticing when it excessively changes in
style and sound just to match each section versus flowing and binding all the
sections together. Equally, it is difficult to find the sections—minus the raps—appealing
when each are so abstract and hardly related to one another. And of course,
vocally the issues apply where even if there are impressive vocal beltings at
the pre-choruses and bridge, it is all meaningless when the verses and choruses
adopt a repetitive, tuneless style that completely contradicts other vocal
moments in the song.

Finally,
this review is not to say Bulldok lack skills and will have trouble as a new
artist. At most, I am critiquing the composers of the song. When it comes to
the ladies, I strongly urge fans to be critical of their songs—and with that,
it means being open to disagreeing and agreeing with my review—but in the end,
to still very much support Bulldok. I look forward to new songs by them, and I
personally desire a song in the future that highlights the rapping capabilities
of Kimi and Hyeongeun. However as it is, I render “Why Not” as a slightly
weaker song mainly due to its lacking of unity.

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Another
review will hopefully be released today or slightly delayed until a few more
days. Either way, thank you all for reading this review whether in full or
skimmed. I do apologize for a somewhat poorer review quality in this case as it
is slightly challenging to convey my argument
in this particular instance, but I hope readers find this review
thought-provoking and that it encourages fans of Bulldok to intellectually and
maturely engage with it via disagreeing, agreeing, a mixture of both, and so
on.

Look
forward to a strong finish to December. After all, “we back in a house”—and by
this I mean reviews are coming back and that there truly is no relevant ending
quote I could use. Just look forward to most likely SHINee’s “1 of 1” and
perhaps even Jay Park’s “Me Like Yuh” as male artists definitely need more
spotlight on the blog.