Review: Vixx’s Aegyo Comeback

Vixx is back! Hide your kids, hide your wives! Oh, wait. It’s an aegyo concept? Is it a really scary aegyo concept? If you’re anything like me, these were probably your first thoughts when you heard that Vixx was returning. These men have made a name for themselves with music videos like “Error” and “Voodoo Doll.” So what does Boys’ Record bring to the table? Let’s find out.

The single album starts off with “Love Equation.” It’s the main single, and also the only song which really strays from the offerings on their last album, Error, or even from Eternity. It’s a light song with a heavy Jpop feel. The fast tempo, combined with instrumentation that is both spectral and robotic, brings the song far outside what most artists in Kpop are currently producing. It has more in common with Kpop from five and six years ago, but I think that the Jpop connection is much stronger. Vixx released their first Japanese album last year, and it may be that they’re splitting their attention here.

Though some have expressed displeasure over the change in style, I guarantee the song will grow on you. There’s a definite auditory disconnect between this and what you’re used to hearing, but the chorus, especially, will get inside your head. For me, the most difficult aspect of “Love Equation” is watching these talented men perform dance steps that would be more fitting for nugus that can’t afford a choreographer or a trainer. For a group that has always wowed me, these steps are just too basic. Aside from that, the music video is a lot of fun, and gives hardcore Vixx fans plenty to geek out over. I can only imagine the gifs that are being creating. So many great shots of the guys.

But wait! There’s more to Boys’ Record than just “Love Equation.” If you turned your nose up just because this isn’t another Error, you’re letting your preconceived expectations spoil the rest of the album. Vixx needs a chance to explore and try out new ideas, and I fully support that. A single album is the perfect place for it. Another horror concept would only make them look tired and uninspired. So, as the great John Lennon once said, give Vixx a chance.

Because I think you’ll really enjoy “Memory” and “On a Cold Night.” The former makes an immediate transition to a darker key, pitting rap against classical piano. I’m also seriously digging the falsetto in the chorus. Hey, sometimes it just works. “On a Cold Night” is the ballad of the album, and a chance for Vixx to show off their vocals. But it’s also infused with a little R&B, which probably explains why it’s my favorite song of the album. So to recap, even if you’re nonplussed (pun intended) by “Love Equation,” don’t write Vixx off. Yes, I have to admit that the single on this single album is the weakest song, but “Memory” and “On a Cold Night” really do make up for it.

Zander Stachniak is a southern-born, Chicago-based writer who first discovered Kpop through ShoutCast Radio. His biases are f(x) and Block B.


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