TXT ‘The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE’ Album Review: From Goals to Chaos

Following getting a brief detour with Minisode1: Blue Hour, TXT (Tomorrow X Jointly) are turning…

Following getting a brief detour with Minisode1: Blue Hour, TXT (Tomorrow X Jointly) are turning the page even though getting us again to their Chapter collection with their second studio album The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE.

Introduced on Could 31, FREEZE picks up after The Aspiration Chapter – the group’s debut trilogy, composed of STAR, MAGIC, and ETERNITY – and continues their journey from boyhood to adulthood. Going from goals to chaos, but nonetheless with the ups and downs of youth as the key narrative thread, the new providing from the South Korean quintet will take on a significantly a lot more somber, at occasions even cynical, tactic thematically. Long gone is unrealistic idealism, and in its location, a extra pragmatic viewpoint. Sonically, however, TXT loves a distinction: lyrics about existential doom lurk beneath dance beats and cheery production.

The eight-monitor album kicks off with “Anti-Intimate,” a classic R&B-infused comfortable ballad. Keeping within just the TXT repertoire, “Anti-Romantic” is the older, wiser, and substantially extra pessimistic sister to The Dream Chapter: MAGIC’s “20cm.” If a person sings of harmless love, born in between university walls, the other ditches rom-coms and like tunes altogether. “I will not think any longer in staying romantic / As my full coronary heart burns / I’m fearful that only black ashes will continue to be,” the lyrics browse.

The title keep track of for this task, “0X1=LOVESONG (I Know I Adore You)” differs noticeably from the group’s prior title tracks these kinds of as “Blue Hour” and “Can’t You See Me?” For starters, this a single is a collaboration, a initially for the five-male act, with South Korean singer Seori (furthermore some qualifications vocals from Mod Sunlight). The very long Korean title that was when a trademark of the group’s title tracks is also nowhere to be found. Although, as Taehyun claimed for the duration of a media showcase held on Might 31, “if you go through the title and the subtitle, it’s not that shorter.”

Naming apart, it is not difficult to pinpoint why “0X1=LOVESONG (I Know I Really like You)” is not like any other TXT title observe in other aspects. A by-the-e-book arena rock track, the song’s undeniably anthemic experience blended with its coronary heart-wrenching but comforting lyrics (which BTS chief RM helped compose) and coming-of-age audio video make for an instantaneous winner. “In this entire world of zero, ‘you’ are my a person and only,” the users sing.

Even outside the house of TXT’s oeuvre, “0X1=LOVESONG (I Know I Appreciate You)” is not your standard title observe, and that is exactly why it will work. With no boxing on their own into a person individual sound, the quintet has managed to imbue a exclusive high quality in all their earlier releases. That is nonetheless current here even if the change is extra palpable than just before, a testomony to their progression and growth. (Leader Soobin uncovered there was an additional contender for title keep track of during the album’s media showcase but, many thanks in large part to RM’s persuasiveness, this track received.)