B.A.P, “Warrior”. For their debut single, B.A.P bursts forth like Athena, terrifyingly full-grown and fully armed. (Sometimes literally - what’s with all the gun choreography lately?) If it reminds me of other groups, it’s not because the song can’t stand on its own; rather, it’s because this is the kind of confidence that is usually reserved for comebacks, not debuts. In fact, among the various references I hear (the rap break from “The Boys” here, the chorus of “숨” (Breath) there), what it makes me think of most is the ultimate comeback, “Keep Your Head Down”: the gigantic low-brass beat, the indulgent drama of the vocals, and most of all the unapologetic swagger. The two-member DBSK could have come in desperate to prove something; instead they went for a confidence that they didn’t need to prove anything, and that’s the same thing B.A.P taps into here.
The rest of B.A.P’s first single album is equally as strong, even the requisite soft song. The only danger in having so strong a debut is being able to sustain it.