Looking back over the past two years, The Boyz’ strongest material hasn’t been promoted as title tracks. There have been a number of missed opportunities – songs deserving of a bigger audience. Last Man Standing continues this pattern. As a collaboration with the TI League Of Legends team and DJ/producer Raiden, the track might pass some listeners by. That would be a shame, because it’s much more successful than any of the group’s past three singles.
As a song designed to pump you up, Last Man Standing accomplishes its goal. It’s a rousing rallying cry, built on tense guitar, thundering beats and a general vibe of impending battle. The verses develop this energy, whether it’s via melody the first time or rap the second. A catchy pre-chorus brings us into the track’s choral centerpiece. Much of the production drops out to shine full spotlight on the vocal melody. This hook is successful, but I was hoping it would vary as the song went on. How cool would it have been to change the arrangement each time the chorus came around? I want to hear that melody underpinned by the full brunt of the instrumental.
Instead, Last Man Standing reaches its climax through a double whammy of electric guitar solo and standout rap verse. These dramatic flourishes should be mainstays of The Boyz’ sound. I guess it takes a video game tie-in to deliver the goods. Hopefully, their next comeback will pick up where Last Man Standing leaves off because there’s a ton of potential here.