Monday, June 19th, 2017

Seventeen – Don’t Wanna Cry

Finally, a boy band bold enough to take a strong stance against ransomware…


Lilly Gray: “I must find you/I must find you/If I cry now, I won’t be able to see you” is heartbreak logic. One of my favorite literary themes is disappearance, however rendered — changelings, mysterious mothers, fiancées who vanish one morning and have never really lived in the apartment you remember, the hole that is carved into a life when a person just isn’t there anymore. There’s a certain kind of sense-making that takes over when you’ve been abandoned, and the pieces just won’t fit until you make your own, comforting design to explain why. The remaining half of the engagement pair retraces her steps through a now unfamiliar neighborhood, builds clues in desperation, and hears a familiar laugh, now unfamiliar, behind a different door. If you can politely ignore the overused EDM elements of the chorus, this song is so plainly on the precipice of acceptance and willful denial that I can’t help but follow and accept the jagged back and forth of someone staggering home after discovering what is now missing. 

Anjy Ou: Seventeen are one of the most exciting new K-pop groups to come out in recent years, as they’re continually challenging themselves and pushing their performances in new directions. “Don’t Wanna Cry” sees them ditching the peppiness that made them famous and going for a melodramatic mid-tempo instead. The chorus is a little weak, but thankfully short enough that it doesn’t ruin the listening experience. The rest of the song — especially the verses and pre-chorus — is lovely and the performances are sincere. A good addition to their repertoire, hinting at more to come.

Thomas Inskeep: The Pledis train keeps rolling: Seventeen are back to show the Biebers of the world how great, featherweight pop music should be made. Sure, he’s bigger, but they’re better. “Don’t Wanna Cry” rides a light bounce similar to “Let Me Love You” (albeit without that song’s slight touch of dancehall riddim), but the Seventeen boys are better singers, all sweetness and light, cuz they’re gonna be there for you, like the New Kids were are their peak. This is a state of the art boy band going from strength to strength, and they are making nearly perfect pop at this moment in time.

Joshua Minsoo Kim: In an interview with Bugs, Pledis producer Bumzu stated that he’s in constant communication with the company and individual band members to determine what a group’s next single should sound like. One thing he does is ask what band members are currently listening to. Much to my dismay, it turns out that Seventeen are probably into The Chainsmokers. And while “Don’t Wanna Cry” isn’t as flimsy as most Chainsmokers tracks (the grandiose bridge surely helps), it doesn’t transcend mere trend-hopping imitation in the way some of Bumzu’s other productions have (namely, last year’s “Overcome“).

Kalani Leblanc: I can imagine how releasing originally bad songs once every few months could get boring, but releasing a wholly bad song is another thing. These boys don’t seem to be embarrassed about crying or being as unoriginal as The Chainsmokers.

Crystal Leww: “Don’t Wanna Cry” is reminiscent of October 2015 when f(x) came out with “4 Walls,” which was very far behind the UK pop-house trend. Yet, it felt like f(x) had somehow created the form of a pop-house song. “Don’t Wanna Cry” is that for future bass pop. The seesaw drops remind me of “Closer” (which is, to be clear, a perfect pop song), but this is so polished. The production quality is extremely high and the vocals are extremely slick. That’s 90 per cent of the battle for most of these Soundcloud producers anyway, and Seventeen have proven that while K-pop may take from some broader global trends in pop and dance, it often feels like no one takes it to its most excellent form.

Jonathan Bradley: This K-pop act is not as boldly reckless as its contemporaries, making in “Don’t Wanna Cry” a subdued and streamlined dance ballad that traverses the same territory as Zedd or The Chainsmokers’ pop-oriented EDM. And… it works? I’d have scored it a point higher if I didn’t fear the single-mindedness of the hook might start to grate on replay.

Alfred Soto: K-pop’s fascination with unexpected pitch shifts is the correlative for changes in emotional range and “Don’t Wanna Cry” shine as one of the better recent examples: the agonized harmonies and desperate “eh eh”s of the chorus complement the hurricane-eye serenity of the verses.

Katherine St Asaph: Risks of chain smoking: the stench of secondhand smoke gets into absolutely everything.

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3 Responses to “Seventeen – Don’t Wanna Cry”

  1. oh my god this subhead

  2. my review was me basically working through trying to remember the title of “The Daemon Lover” by Shirley Jackson, so if you want to experience the cognitive dissonance of a gothic master set to chainsmokeresque Kpop, here you go:

  3. @katherine the subhead was the first thing I thought of because it released like three days after that whole thing happened. Kings Of Software Security.

    That said, I love this song, even if it does sound like Chainsmokers brand EDM. Woozi … I believe in you …