TITLE: The Dream Chapter: Star
ARTIST: TOMORROW X TOGETHER (TXT)
LABEL: BIG HIT ENTERTAINMENT
RELEASED: March 9, 2019
The time between Big Hit announcing that they were going to debut a new boy group and the actual debut of TXT, felt like mass hysteria. Who is TXT? What is their sound going to be like? I STAN XYZ!! It was a slew of who, what, when, where and why questions mixed with some premature stanning. Patiently, I watched as fans speculated and held off my opinions of the new flock of babies coming from the home of their Hyungs‘ BTS label. Either way, I wanted to wait to see what their sound would be and sadly, I wanted to see how that compared to BTS. SUE ME!
Let’s see what I thought of the youths and their first EP!
CROWN – Title Track
As far as title tracks, this feels people solid. The sound is fresh and fun. The hook is catchy as hell and it has the kind of energy that you would expect from 15 and 16 year olds. It’s a pop track that matches up to the likes of other younger boy groups like NCT Dream or Golden Child. The vocals are sweet and the raps, not BTS Rapline, but decent. The video is eye catching and reminds me of being in a snapchat filter. Out of the gate, their grabbing their target audience by the horns. Not a monster hit like others are claiming, but I can see it growing.
MY. FAVORITE. TRACK! From the opening beats, it grabbed me. Still a pop track but it has a hint of R&B Swing that comes out perfectly. This track has a groove that feels more sophisticated than CROWN. The hook isn’t as catchy but for some reason, this gets me in my feels. When that beat slows down at the bridge? BRING IT!
I call this EDM-Lite. It’s a slower track but the build and drops are something you would find maybe on BTS’s latest album. It isn’t terrible, but it isn’t that memorable on first listen. But if it came on my shuffle, I wouldn’t skip. Very coachella.
Cat & Dog
Hold on while I finish laughing…………………………………………. Okay. The laughing comes from 1. The title. 2. This lyric “I just wanna your dog” followed by dog barks. I can’t. I just can’t. Anyway. the song itself is alright. It’s like their attempt at a club banger, which includes heavy hip-hop trap beats and Woodie Gochild bird calls.
Nap of a star
First off, the title is confusing as hell. Other than that, it’s a sweet little ballad. The vocals are soft and breathy and instrumentals are something you’d hear from maybe Shawn Mendes. The song doesn’t really go anywhere spectacular but it’s a nice little wrap up of the album.
For a debut it wasn’t terrible. Some of the songs were memorable. Would I call it a home run out of the box like some? Not at all. But I can see the potential in them. If the goal was to set them apart from the way that BTS debuted, then mission accomplished. It was youthful without being annoyingly sugary.
PRODUCTION : 3 / 5
VOCALS / RAPPING : 3 / 5
VISUALS / CONCEPT : 4 / 5
OVERALL : 3.5 / 5
Least Favorite Track(s): Cat & Dog
Favorite Track(s): CROWN & Blue Orangeade