[Review] Reveal – The Boyz

The Boyz had another busy year with three Korean and one Japanese release. This is quite similar to their jam-packed debut year. Could 2020 be a repeat with multiple comebacks from the male group? Well, we will have to wait and see. The group does kick off 2020 with the release of their very first studio album, which shares the same name as their title track, Reveal. The music video was released 18 hours prior to the actual album drop, which is a rare occurrence. Unfortunately, I was asleep when the music video was revealed (and was busy yesterday) and couldn’t cover it until now.

I am torn about Reveal. The song has been out for a while now and I think my feelings to the song have budged at all. I thought the song is rather typical for a male group. That edgy and dark territory is pretty much a phase that majority of male groups must touch on in some capacity and is much preferred by many fans (myself included). So creatively, I don’t see anything new about this dance track (with trap synths and other trendy styles). And this was my mentality during the verses. It felt flat and disappointed me with its lack of memorable hooks or synths. The chorus was a lot better. There is definitely a kick to it with the ‘Down for your love‘ repetition (though, it took me a while to try to decipher what they were saying during this moment, as I thought they were chanting ‘devil’ or ‘dev-u-lah’). Vocally, The Boyz did an okay job. It was like how I thought the song was. Plain during the verses and a lot more lively during the chorus. The rapping was a lot more impressive, especially with how the rapping was incorporated during the lively choruses. Overall, I am on the fence when it comes to Reveal.

The music video had a ‘wolf’ concept. But I didn’t get much of a ‘wolf’ concept as it lacked canines. I think the only canine-related moment that I could detect in the video was the line ‘Time For Dogs and Wolves‘ just before the final chorus. It honestly just felt like a standard edgy and dark concept that majority of male groups do throughout their career. The video ended up being very mysterious, which I guess goes well with their dark concept. I did like the use of colour within the darkness of the video, which helped the colours pop out.

While the song and the video have been disappointing for me, the choreography is quite the opposite. I thought the performance they put on was actually quite cool. I liked how minute everything felt during the start, but the aura they had was very intense. That could be used to describe the rest of the choreography, with it being powerful in some parts and subtle in other parts.

Song – 6.5/10
Music Video – 6/10
Performance – 8/10
Overall Rating – 6.7/10

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