Despite counting many fantastic idols among its roster, Omega X’s title tracks haven’t yet connected with me. They’re firmly entrenched in the “noise music” trend favored by many modern boy groups, where “going hard” takes precedence over most other elements. I understand the appeal, but I tend to prefer songs that merge their intensity with an equally ambitious series of hooks.
New single Love Me Like dials things down a bit, though its first few seconds are definitely a test of my patience! Filtered flute and brass loops fuel the instrumental, squealing and squeaking with a persistent desire to get on my nerves. Sometimes I wonder if this is just a unique quirk of my ears, but this style of instrumental loop feels like nails on a chalkboard and makes it hard to focus on the merits of a song.
Taking that element out of the equation, Love Me Like is a straightforward dance track with strong moombahton elements. It goes everywhere you’d expect of a song like this, down to its halting, blustery bridge. This style can occasionally result in standout material, but Love Me Like doesn’t make any memorable moves. Its chorus is far too indebted to that squeaky loop, leaving little room for the guys to establish their own personality. The rap during the second verse feels more focused and compelling. Elsewhere, the group casts off forgettable melody lines. The aggressive beat keeps everything in check, but it’s not enough to compensate for the track’s overwhelming feeling of “been there, done that.”