I start off the new week with another album review. This time the focus is on TXT’s fourth mini-album, Minisode 2: Thursday’s Child, their first album release since their The Chaos era last year. Thursday’s Child features the title track Good Boy Gone Bad, both of which were released in May of this year. On the mini-album alongside the title track, there are four additional side tracks – two of which are unit tracks.
Another strong release from TXT with this mini-album. With the success of The Chaos era being a big driver of the group’s growing popularity, I feel that fans had big expectations that Minisode 2: Thursday’s Child would further that growth. And I believe that the mini-album did just that. Not only was Good Boy Gone Bad was an epic comeback for the group, the other tracks on the mini-album were definitely of a high quality and proves that TXT are indeed artists that we need to keep on eye on for future releases.
1. Opening Sequence – Kicking off the mini-album is the track Opening Sequence. And this is one really strong track. The development of the song as Opening Sequence progresses was one of the key aspects of the song that I was drawn to, with haunting piano and breathy vocals starting off the song. This last until the first chorus, which brings a heavy beat to the mix. We then get electric guitars to bring forth a rock tinge in the second chorus, and an even heavier rock presence aided by boastful synths came about in the final chorus. The melodies, particularly in the chorus, were iconic and super memorable. As for the vocals, they were very well done and you can definitely hear the emotions behind the vocals of the TXT members. (9/10)
2. Good Boy Gone Bad (Title Track) – Click here to read the full review for Good Boy Gone Bad. (9/10)
3. Trust Fund Baby – I remember having a bit of a giggle when I saw the title of the song for the first time – it just felt so random as a title. Interestingly, I got reflective vibes from the indie ballad, which in turn intrigued me into understanding the song. When you read the lyrics, you read about how the members feel empty and meaningless following the breakup with their partner they tried so hard to be with in LO$ER=LO♡ER. Both the lyrics and balladry style represent a tonal change from their previous title track LO$ER=LO♡ER, with references to that song interwoven into the lyrics of Trust Fund Baby and a clear acceptance of their current circumstances. Again, amazing melodies and heartbreaking/emotive vocals are featured throughout the track. I also enjoyed how atmospheric the instrumental was. (10/10)
4. Lonely Boy (네 번째 손가락 위 타투) – An interesting mix of acoustic guitars and trap makes up the instrumental for Lonely Boy, the mini-album’s first unit track. It features the vocals of Yeonjun and HeuningKai. Their chemistry in this paced song was quite good. HeuningKai’s vocals oozed charisma, while Yeonjun’s rapping gave the song some much needed oomph. The English lines in the chorus were quite repetitive, but they did it in a way where it wasn’t overbearing and actually came off as memorable, instead. (8/10)
5. Thursday’s Child Has Far To Go – Thursday’s Child Has Far To Go features the balance of TXT members (i.e., Soobin, Beomgyu and Taehyun). I quite liked the ease of the song, as it was easy on the ears and easy to get into. The retro synths and mid-tempo upbeatness were quite pleasant and enjoyable. The trio’s vocals had a tinge of hopefulness, which pairs well with the lyrics of the song. The melodies were also quite soothing and light. Everything in Thursday’s Child Has Far to Go came together nicely and created a track that eases you off the album in such a perfect manner. (9/10)
Overall Album Rating – 9/10