[Review] Love or Die – TNX

As mentioned constantly throughout this blog, I have many artists and releases that I have yet to review. One of those releases come from TNX. For those who don’t know TNX, they are a relatively new group in KPOP who debuted as a six male group, formed through the survival audition program Loud in 2022, with Move. This week, the male group returns for the first time with their second single, Love or Die and second mini-album Love Never Dies. The group also pre-released the single I Need U ahead of the release of both Love or Die and the mini-album, which I promise I will review one day.

Love or Die is a definite improvement from their debut track. The group moves away from the standard and typical sound that male groups put out constantly that TNX (and their producers) fell in the trap of releasing as their debut single. Instead, TNX went with a different sound in Love or Die, opting for a punkish rock influence sound. Love or Die is by no means a new or innovative sound, but at least it comes off as refreshing and different from the rest of the competition. The autotuned beginning was quite striking, while that punkish rock influence gave a boldness to the song. The energy that is exuded from the verses is very neat and just gives a fresh breath of life that allows the members to really pop out from within the song. I also felt like their vocals and rapping were super clear throughout the song, and I really appreciated that. The choruses goes a slightly different direction to what I had expected. There was a clear incline in momentum and forwardness in the verses and pre-choruses. Naturally, I felt the choruses were going to add more to the song and at least progress that energy and momentum. But instead, Love or Die‘s main centrepiece switches it up with taking it all down a notch. I felt this cuts the flow and dampens the potential to the song, to a degree. Something harder, stronger and more intense felt like it was more ideal. But to be honest, this isn’t much of a deal breaker for me, as I still thought TNX did a really good job with what they presented to us in the choruses of Love or Die. And likewise, the same can be said with the rest of Love or Die.

Based on what I saw and my interpretation of the lyrics of the song, it looks like the members are coming to terms of a rejection from someone who they thought loved them. Hence, there was dejected emotions and facial expressions on the members’ faces. And given their young ages, it was fitting they did this in the more typical school age concept that we see in KPOP often for groups starting out. But even with that, there is a slightly edgy visual tone through some of the other scenes in the video, such as the abandoned plane scenery and some of the warehouse. All of these complimented each other quite well, and created a cohesive video.

I really liked the forcefulness and aggression the routine had during the verses, which channels the emotions expressed in the song quite well. Particular mention needs to be made to the start of the final chorus, which is where the aggression was the strongest. It makes for a riveting performance on stage and highlights the group’s potential. My only qualm about the performance is how the latter parts of the chorus didn’t feel fitting alongside the rest of the song.

Song – 8/10
Music Video – 8.5/10
Performance – 7.5/10
Overall Rating – 8.1/10

[Review] MOVE – TNX

Something I have been doing unintentionally this year is pushing song reviews for rookies aside to cover the bigger releases. So, as we are gearing towards award season (nudge nudge, hint hint), I thought I take some time to cover some more rookies. I kick things off with TNX (stands for The New Six), a six member male group under P Nation. The group was formed through the TV show LOUD and features Taehun, Kyungjun, Hyunsoo, Junhyeok, Hwi and Sungjun as part of its lineup. They debuted back in May of this year with the single MOVE and the mini-album WAY UP.

MOVE doesn’t offer anything new or make much of an impression on me – probably why it was bumped so often. And this is the biggest downfall of MOVE for me. It just felt like a standard electronic dance release from a multitude of male groups currently active in KPOP. If you were expecting something fresh, different or intriguing, than I would not recommend TNX’s debut. But if you are after a release that is mainstream, then MOVE is the release for you. Per usual, there were aspects of the MOVE that I did enjoy. But if you read through my blog, the things I am about to point out are pretty much common in other releases as well. I did like the thumping aspect of the instrumental, which gave off a dramatic flair. For this song, it was much needed to give the song some definition, which I thought was lacking in MOVE. The group shows off solid rapping and vocals through the verses and pre-choruses, respectively. There is some potential, but I just wished we got to hear them in a less polluted atmosphere (i.e. the instrumentation). Some definition (again) would have helped the members in MOVE, just so they sound and appear bolstered alongside that thumping and synths used. Talking about synths, the producers of MOVE used pretty ordinary ones throughout the song. I wished they went with more abstract or unique synths than the usual siren-like synth in the verses/choruses or the crunchy one in the choruses. The strings in the bridge were a nice addition, and I liked the way the instrumental concentrates in the final chorus. Moving onto MOVE‘s choruses, I felt the instrumentation overpowered the members, and again I wished there more definition. The hooks weren’t as memorable here, as opposed to the pre-chorus, which was disappointing. Overall, MOVE is a fair release. But I hope we get something better for their first comeback.

Again, the concept for this music video was pretty ordinary. It features a rebellion, lead by the members. The main reason to why I am describing the concept as ordinary, however, is due to the fact that we don’t get much of a backstory. Based on the ending, it appears the rebellion is successful, with the members leaving the lab without anyone hindering them. What I did like about the video was the striking nature of the colours in this video. Probably the most noticeable is the red coloured straps and jumpsuits donned by the members and the background people on the sterile white/light silver clothing and settings. The green (see the feature image) was also striking by dominating much of the set, and I liked the subtleness of the navy in some other scenes (though still striking enough).

Choreography wise, I think this is the strongest aspect of the debut. I really liked the aggression and energy behind the different moves throughout the performance. Their stage presence was definitely strongly felt. I also enjoyed the final sequence, where the song concentrates itself. We also see a similar effect in the performance.

Song – 6.5/10
Music Video – 7.5/10
Performance – 8.5/10
Overall Rating – 7.2/10