As an enthusiastic watcher of PSY and JYP’s build-a-boyband series LOUD, I’ve been waiting for its two groups to debut. I’m more excited for what JYP’s group will bring, but PSY’s rearrangements and concepts were incredibly creative. Some of my favorite LOUD contestants ended up becoming part of his team. As P Nation’s first idol group, TNX seem poised to bring something fresh to the market. And coming off the heels of a very strong album from PSY himself, I was eager to see what unique touches he’d bring to their music.
This is the danger of heightened expectations. Given that hype, title track Move (비켜) is a massive disappointment. Take the pedigree away from the song and we’ve got another “fine” boy group release in a sea of similar-sounding hip-hop tracks. But, even that’s a problem. When it comes to debuts, I always crave something that sets their music apart from existing acts. I want to know who TNX are and what their perspective is. Move offers none of that, relying instead on tired beat drops and incessant vocal effects.
LOUD more than vouched for these guys’ talent and charisma. Now, it’s up to the song to act as an effective vehicle for those qualities. Move brings the requisite bluster and in-your-face attitude but forgets the hooks. The verses cater to the group’s rappers, while the pre-chorus shows off some vocals in a familiar way. Then, we’ve got a beat-drop chorus that highlights very little beyond the same plug-and-play percussion we’ve heard a million times before. I have faith in these guys (and in PSY!), but I hope the first comeback ends up being far more memorable than this.