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Song Review: MCND – Movin’

MCND - Movin'Nearly all of MCND’s title tracks follow the same path for me. For the first few days, I’m largely unimpressed and craving choruses that are more melodic and less shouty. Then, I watch the live stages and the guys’ energy brings the song to life. As the weeks wear on, those shouty hooks become total earworms and I find myself obsessed. This year, Crush and Not Over quickly grew into favorites despite an initial review that was less than glowing. I feel like I need to take this into account when approaching new single Movin’ (너에게로…).

I wanted to buck my trend and write effusively about this song. But, I’m afraid MCND could follow the same path yet again! Movin’ is characterized by the same brash energy that’s fueled past titles, but it doesn’t feel quite as fun. There’s a seriousness to the track that keeps me at a distance. If Crush and Not Over were playful smiles and a wink, Movin’ is grit teeth and puffed up chests. I’m fully prepared to be won over, but I think MCND have a steeper hill to climb this time.

On the plus side, Movin’ continues to develop the group’s signature sound. I appreciate their consistency, especially when it comes to delivering thrilling climaxes. The song’s strongest moment arrives right at the end, when everything forges together for a wall of sound. Elsewhere, the track relies heavily on its repeated instrumental riff — and that production doesn’t carry as much groove as Crush did. It’s more leaden than light on its feet. Thankfully, a pounding pre-chorus adds exciting drive. I don’t know… we’ll see how this ages. Watch me be proven wrong yet again!

 Hooks 7
 Production 8
 Longevity 8
 Bias 8
 RATING 7.75

22 thoughts on “Song Review: MCND – Movin’

  1. The Song is okay but I really prefer the mini-album, BowWowWow is a big favorite of mine…Love that song so goddamn much! I hope MCND quickly follows the path of this funky style, they can put out some real good showstoppers!

    Off-Topic: But I am (once again) Kind of disappointed by the ATEEZ teaser. We’ll see how the full song is, Eternal Sunshine sounds great (except for that shoe horned trap-rap segment) and Deja Vu…sheesh. I thought it was gonna follow the path of psy-trance or Synth rock and I am really disappointed on that. Let’s Hope the album has some treasures though.

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    • In all honesty, why are there so many songs with the title Deja Vu. These days when people say,” Oh I love Deja Vu!” I’m like, “Which one??”
      And yeah the teaser didn’t seem too impressive to me, but then again I only find a few Ateez songs interesting.

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    • You’re so right! I just listened to it and my first listen ratings are:

      Movin [8,8,8,8] = 8/10
      Cat Waltz [8,8,7,8] = 7.75/10
      BowwowwoW [8,9,8,8] = 8.25/10
      H.B.C [8,9,8,10] = 8.75/10
      Play Pungak [9,8,8,8] = 8.25/10
      Reason [8,9,7,8] = 8/10

      This is amazing for a first listen! I love how they always go full out with the instrumentals for the finale of each song. It brings so much power and momentum to the tracks! H.B.C is easily the standout imo, it’s totally my thing. 🙂

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  2. I absolutely love the dance break+climax but this track doesn’t really feel fun compared to their other titles which were instantly memorable. Feels a bit like NCT…along with the styling

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  3. .

    It is very shouty.

    Well at least MCND have a sound and image, and look like they are having genuine fun. Bow Wow wow is a fun quirky song, perfect for live performances.

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  4. I lowkey like this! I think MCND’s greatest talent is somehow making me enjoy songs that, on paper, I should hate. I do miss the goofiness of some of their past releases here, but like their other title tracks, I think this is one I would revisit, in small doses, when I am in the right mood. A bit much for me at 8am, but I think 4pm me will appreciate it lol.

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  5. I enjoyed it but wasn’t as immediately thrilled. it doesn’t feel as musically notable as “ice age” which ear wormed on first listen.

    We’ll see how the performances go, because it was the their music show performances that definitely sold me on them.

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  6. Haven’t heard this one, but your reaction to this is like mine to Ateez. One minute it’s “WTF is this, you pirates?” and the next it’s “Bulgogi-ya!”

    (Yes, I do realize I mishear a lot of lyrics.)

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  7. My boys are back! I try not to become too emotionally attached to idol groups, especially the younger ones, but I’ve got a soft spot the size of the moon for MCND. This fits nicely in with their past title tracks, which I’ve liked okay on first listen and then grown to love, as seems to be the case for many others. I’ll admit to being a little nervous about the stages though – nothing in the bits I saw in the MV or the (admittedly poorly shot) showcase jumped out at me the way parts of their prior choreos did. I also think it’s a little funny that, after a couple of years of conservative styling, Castle J has joined the ranks of the oldest-member-showing-some-skin club. We’ll see if it’s a one-off, al la ONEUS’ Seoho, or if he develops a shirt allergy, al la SKZ Chan.

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    • For some reason I can’t stop laughing seeing the last part of your comment 😂 At first even I was like “Why???” for all those people but then I realised something.

      In most of these cases the one who does the fanservice is NOT the visual/centre and I sometimes feel this is actually an attempt by the older members to take on the “responsibility” and protect their younger members 😂

      Another recent example was a live stage by Verivery for Trigger. Hoyoung and Dongheon, the older members had the most open shirts etc though the others were dressed a bit differently including the official visual/centre position, their youngest Kangmin I think 🙂

      I believe what Castle J did here is the same – they are all young but the oldest takes charge of the fanservice wing purely for the sake of not having it pushed onto the younger one 🙃

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  8. For some reason I can’t stop laughing seeing the last part of your comment 😂 At first even I was like “Why???” for all those people but then I realised something.

    In most of these cases the one who does the fanservice is NOT the visual/centre and I sometimes feel this is actually an attempt by the older members to take on the “responsibility” and protect their younger members 😂

    Another recent example was a live stage by Verivery for Trigger. Hoyoung and Dongheon, the older members had the most open shirts etc though the others were dressed a bit differently including the official visual/centre position, their youngest Kangmin I think 🙂

    I believe what Castle J did here is the same – they are all young but the oldest takes charge of the fanservice wing purely for the sake of not having it pushed onto the younger one 🙃

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  9. Tch I messed up the comments with a misplaced reply. Really sorry, Nick!! 😭

    I agree wholeheartedly with what you said about the song. It’s exactly the same for me.They win me over with their fresh energy and fun in the live stages 😉 Also the hooks are exactly like you said – there are very few musical bits but they are damn good and I’m sure I’ll be humming it in a few weeks. The power of the MCND sound! ❤️

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