EXID finally made a comeback and I'm finally writing a review. It's hard to believe that EXID had a 22-month hiatus for the main group, and an 18-month hiatus from Hani and Solji, the Dasoni subunit. I hope they studied/did other things during their long-ass hiatus because I doubt they could have made much money performing the same three two-year-old songs over and over again.
To me, Up & Down is a great song and a bad song at the same time. I love as many parts of the song as I hate, and how the individual elements add up together really affect how I think about this song. Just a couple of changes here and there and I think this song could have been one of this year's jams, but it's just a song I'll play a few times here and there.
What doesn't work in this song for me is LE. I know a lot of fangirls think LE is jjangbak and that her shit doesn't stink, but LE is too involved in the songs for my liking. She has two rap verses, the whole chorus to herself, and that isn't enough, as she has adlibs during Hani's verses. Bitch, just shut the fuck up for once and allow the other members to have their own time to shine. If you're a fan of LE, all of this doesn't apply to you, as you probably love everything I hate about the song. Aside from LE's overabundance in the song, the only other aspect I disliked in the song was Junghwa's verse. It felt forced in there and really disrupted the flow of the song.
Aside from my complaints of the song, I love the chorus of the song, even if LE is all over it. It is really addicting and keeps me wanting to replay the song, which is exactly what a chorus is supposed to do. I love the verses from Hani, Hyelin and Solji. While there are plenty of songs where the verses feel like filler just so the chorus doesn't get too repetitive, I actually enjoyed most of the verses in the song.
Aside from Hani being hot as fuck as usual, this MV made me notice Hyerin.
All in all, this song is like getting a blowjob from Hani and LE at the same time. On one hand, you want to have the hardest boner you ever had to blow a huge load all over Hani's face, while on the other hand your penis wants to cower in fear and shrink back inside of your body because of LE.