Buried Treasure: Omega X – Younger

Omega X - YoungerA K-pop group’s title track isn’t always the best song on their album, even if it’s the one most people will hear. Sometimes, b-sides deserve recognition too. In the singles-oriented world of K-pop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve.

Tucked away on the end of an album that could only be described as ‘loud and swaggy,’ we find a hidden gem.

That loud swagginess can be fun in small bursts, such as the first half of the self-referential track Omega X, but the production feels all over the place. And, this is why I’m always ranting about the importance of composers. The first three songs on Omega X’s debut are crafted by AnoTHeR and HOYAS. I’ve never heard of these producers, but my taste clearly differs from theirs. However, as soon as the album moves onto a different composer, it’s like the musical waters have parted.

I haven’t heard of FAB either, and with just two other credits to their name (IZ*ONE’s Panorama and Mona’s Pizza) it’s hard to get a clear picture of their work. But, Younger is a fantastic jumping-on point. If Omega X had been pitched with a lighter sound and image, it would have made an incredible title track as well.

As you might expect from its title, Younger is all about nostalgia. The song even opens with children’s voices (presumably the guys themselves?). The members had a hand in writing the lyrics, which gives the song a personal touch. But for me, Younger’s true triumph comes via its guitar-laced propulsion, anthemic hook and emotive vocal performance. This is miles away from title track Vamos, and I mean that as a major compliment. It’s got all the great sentiment of a ballad, tied to the surging energy of a dance track. It just goes to show how big a role concept and genre plays in a comeback or debut.

 Hooks 8
 Production 9
 Longevity 9
 Bias 9
 RATING 8.75


4 thoughts on “Buried Treasure: Omega X – Younger

  1. Unsurprisingly given our differing opinions on Vamos, this is currently my least favorite track on the EP, but I still like it! A couple days of music shows later and JUST B has jumped well ahead of OMEGA X on my list of favorite recent releases, largely due to their impressive stage presence and the strength of b-side “Get Away”. Comparing them back to back, I’ve realized that I have a fairly strong preference for songs that focus vocal duties on 3-5 members – perhaps I’m getting closer to cracking the mystery of my general indifference for 10+ member groups!

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  2. This and Vamos were the two tracks that really stuck with me from the EP. Couldn’t be more different! Below is a beautiful live version on YouTube at the end of their debut showcases that is so emotional- they are literally sobbing. Jeez, I only wish these guys the best!

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  3. I only just discovered this song on Spotify thanks to the recommended section of a playlist. This song is right up my alley, it’s sentimental and the chorus is great. Glad to see that you also liked this song.


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