Kicking off the week is TXT with their first comeback in over eight months! Last time we saw the group was through their single Blue Hour and their third mini-album, Minisode1: Blue Hour. Since then, we have seen the group make a comeback in Japan with the track Force, and their first studo length album in Japan titled Still Dreaming. On a brief side note, I have not been able to review it this new Japanese release as there is no music video as far as I am concerned. But we are here today to talk about their newest Korean release. Today, the group returns with 0X1=LOVESONG (I Know I Love You) and their second studio length Korean album, The Chaos Chapter: Freeze.
TXT takes on a different sound with their new song, opting for rock influence in 0X1=LOVESONG . Since the unveiling of the highlight medley last week, I was excited for this comeback based on the various upbeat tracks on their new album. But it is the rock influences on the album that really caught my attention. For me, there is no feeling like finding just the right rock song that has the right amount of intensity and energy to put on. There is just something about being able to head bang to a song and tap my foot away that gets me all giddy and excited. 0X1=LOVESONG really ticks those boxes for me. What I also really liked about 0X1=LOVESONG was how pure it was. Not in the sense of it being innocent or cutesy. But rather, in the sense that it was untouched by any synths. With a lot of the pop music relying on electronic and synths to some degree, it is nice to hear something a bit traditional in terms of instrumentation. And in this song, it somehow gives the rock sound a chance to be easy on the ears, which is a rather interesting thought I had about the song. When it came to the chorus, the energy exuded by the rock sound made for a thrilling dynamic that made the song even more appealing to me. Another aspect that I really liked about 0X1=LOVESONG is that it shows off the members’ husky and raspy tones. It made the song more impactful and allowed emotions to be poured into their vocals. 0X1=LOVESONG is also quite catchy. While the instrumentation and energy of the song is already quite memorable, they really hone it in during the post-chorus hook. Seori features in this segment, and she adds a very crisp and refreshing vibe to the song that I find to be ideal. It cuts through the intensity of the rest of the song (so it just doesn’t become a relentless track) and boldens the hook to be even more memorable. If I were to be critical about the song, I do feel that 0X1=LOVESONG there might be a potential overly consistent issue in the song’s sound if it gets replayed too many times in a short period of time. A substanital rap sequence would have been nice to relieve this issue. I think it would have been a nice addition to the song, adding further momentum to the song to drive it forward. But as it is early days, I think 0X1=LOVESONG is a fine song that showcases TXT in a new light.
The music video seem to tell a story of being alone. Yeonjun, who plays the main character in this video, is alone in this world. His parents are fighting, which causes him to find escape. He steals his car keys and go on a drive. The reason why I think he is alone is that this didn’t seemed plan. But yet, his ‘friends’ are awaiting him at the car, welcoming him to his adventure. Throughout the video as well, we see Yeonjun physically separated from the rest of the group highlighting the loneliness that he has. But as I said before, it is his escape from reality. At the end of the video, we see Yeonjun wake up alone. Aside from the story, I really like the grey filter that is on the video and the choreography shot with all the speakers behind them.
I like how they added to the song’s initial energy with their angsty approach to the choreography and vocals. It made the performance look really good and even more powerful that what you would expect. However, there wasn’t really a memorable move for me in this performance, which is a pity. But the routine is still worth watching! I also want to give a shoutout to their stylists who hit the brief perfectly with their grungy outfits that feel so fitting for the song.
Song – 9/10
Music Video – 9/10
Performance – 8/10
Overall Rating – 8.8/10