Review: TXT’s album “The Name Chapter: Temptation” lures in listeners


Gianna Galante

In the grass, TXT’s latest album “The Name Chapter: Temptation” is set up for a picture. Senior Michaela Bojorquez anticipated TXT’s release. “I’ve been so excited since they announced they were having new music come out,” Borjorquez said. “This album was everything I could have ever wanted.”

Gianna Galante

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Eight months after their last release, “Minisode 2: Thursday’s Child,” TOMORROW X TOGETHER, also known as TXT, returned Jan. 27 with the release of “The Name Chapter: Temptation.” This album tells a story full of Disney-esque themes alluding to Peter Pan, and is a huge turning point for TXT’s musicality and message. TXT continues to impress fans with out of the box concepts and quality releases.

“Devil By The Window”

“Devil By The Window” is the opening song on this album. It is the only track that is all in English, making it easier for international fans to interpret the message behind this album. A lot of these tracks feature anti-drops, and this one did it great. This is personally my favorite song off of this album. It has a 5SOS sound to it, which made me like it even more. It heavily relied on drums, and a good bass line, which is a focus for 5SOS’ sound. Towards the end, the song switches from a robust sound to something more dreamlike. It felt luring and escapish, maybe alluding to the idea that they followed the temptations and were lured in. All in all, this track is easy to follow and a very different, but admirable, sound for TXT.  10/10

“Sugar Rush Ride”

“Sugar Rush Ride” is their highlighted title track on this EP. It begins with a melody that sounded summery to me. It is sweet and easy to enjoy, much like their title track “Blue Hour.” Soon after, when the chorus hits, we get led into an anti-drop that sounds much like the darkness of their newer title tracks. I really enjoy anti-drops when they are done correctly, and this is a great example of that. This song has a luring aspect to it and makes you want to listen to it over and over. They really pushed boundaries with this song in my opinion, and this really set them apart from the other boy group sounds in the K-Pop industry right now. 10/10 

“Happy Fools”

“Happy Fools,” featuring Coi Leray, is a rap-pop song with a very upbeat tune. The intro has you fooled that it would be a coffee shop, bossa nova vibe of a song, but it quickly transitions into an upbeat pop sound. All of the tracks have some melodic switch, and play around with deception – which is a leading concept for this album. I was shocked to find that Coi Leray and TXT meshed really well together. I appreciate the break from the serious tracks to something like this, almost like a comedic relief character in a show. It serves as a great transition from the first few tracks to a calming sound. Although it is probably my least favorite track, I still like it a lot. 8/10

“Tinnitus (Wanna be a rock)”

“Tinnitus” is a great song with an extremely addictive beat. It is one of those songs where you just want to move. It borrows elements from that of an Afro Pop song, which makes it so addictive. I am surprised at how well TXT adapted this concept of the song. This track really shows that TXT is talented enough to fit any concept they are put into. This song is probably my second favorite if it comes down to it. 10/10

“Farewell, Neverland”

“Farewell, Neverland” really grew on me after a few listens. It highlights their crazy talented vocal ranges, which captivates any listener. The lyrics depict that they grew up, and aren’t children anymore. They are saying goodbye to “Neverland” – a place in the popular story “Peter Pan” where children never grow up. At first, I didn’t appreciate the calming and simplistic guitar instrumental as the backbone of the track, but I grew to really love the lyrics and overall sound of the song. It serves as a great closing song to the album by making you yearn for more, which follows the overall theme of this album. 10/10