[Album Review] The Dream Chapter: Star (1st Mini Album) – TXT

TXT, the newest boy group from Big Hit Entertainment, made their official debut last Monday. And due to their association with BTS, we all know that we have to check out their work. Hence, today we will be looking further into their very first mini-album. For those who don’t know, TXT is a 5 member male group consisting of Soobin, Yeonjun, Byeomgyu, Taehyun and Huening Ka. The group’s name, TXT, stands for Tomorrow X Together. Now, let’s get on with the review!

The Dream Chapter: Star Album Cover

1..Blue OrangeadeBlue Orangeade is a fairly light song to kick off their first album release. While the start kicks off in an intense fashion, the rest of the song felt very ordinary. The melody was not that strong, and the song felt repetitive. But while it may be ordinary, it does have some good aspects that do draw my attention to the song. I think the song managed to showcase their vocals and rapping in a decent manner. It matches the lightness of the instrumental and doesn’t feel overwhelmingly bold. I also enjoyed that acapella effect that was built into the instrumentation. It is something a little different to what we hear often nowadays. Overall, I think just wanted more grabbing, like the title track, since this is the first song on their first album. (7/10)

2. Crown (어느날 머리에서 뿔이 자랐다) (Title Track)Click here to read the full review for Crown. (9/10)

3. Our SummerOur Summer is my favourite sidetrack on the album. It features a nice light tropical house instrumental. But what sets this song apart from the first song (as I described them both as light) gradually builds up and launches itself into an upbeat instrumental that manages to be very appealing. Yes, it is a song of an overused genre, but it doesn’t mean it is a bad song. I liked how peaceful the verses of the song is and how they continue on with the peacefulness and pleasantness in the chorus despite adding more to the instrumental. Their vocals are very refreshing. I think the track would have been nicer with a rap sequence but what we got is already amazing. (9.5/10)

4. Cat & DogCat & Dog has a very neat hip-hop influenced style. It also shares a cute message of wanting to be their lover’s pet, as that way they will be closer to their lover for the majority of the day. And I do like the song quite a bit. It is fun, youthful and inviting to listeners. I do think the autotune was a bit much and that they could have gone easier on that front. I think given the hip-hop influence, their rapping does shine considerably. I also quite like the ending as it is memorable as it goes that extra mile for me. From the ‘I Just Wanna Be A Dog’ line to the barking, the song ends with a unique touch and made me chuckle yet wanting more. (9/10)

5. Nap Of A Star (별의 낮잠) – This ballad starts off with amazing vocals. The breathy nature and the soft volume they add to their usual vocals really give the song impact. The harmonies are also very beautiful, while they also seemed to be heavily utilised in the song to give it some definition. Otherwise, the song would have been very bare. The instrumental is simple, featuring guitar all throughout and some deep percussion, which was added later on. Nothing else was used, so it solely relies on the vocals. The combination of everything really makes it an amazing ballad that ends the album on a very peaceful and warm note. (10/10)

Overall Album Rating – 8.9/10

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