Coming into May I expected to be raving about each and every single one of TXT’s three expected music videos. But after the good but unspectacular Can’t You See Me and the disastrous PUMA, my hopes for any further TXT releases had pretty much reached an all time low. Given this current disappointment, I’m actually surprised that we got an mv for Eternally. And while I would have much preferred Drama or Fairy of Shampoo to have been given the music video treatment, Eternally is not a bad choice.
Given the structure of the groups past two promotional cycles, I knew that the final music video would be a more downbeat track. Nap Of a Star and Magic Island were both wonderfully serene tracks aided with equally fascinating and enjoyable videos and Eternally follows suit with a near 20 minute long epic. Truthfully I haven’t even gotten around to watching it! But where the music video and concept align, the actual track deviates heavily from the songs that preceded it the trilogy.
As a song, Eternally is a weird beast, transitioning between traditional, almost heavenly balladry and a dark sinister electro throb. On my first run through the album, it was one of those songs that I didn’t know what to think of. And that sentiment still remains today. The transitions have gotten much more fluid over further listens, but I would have really loved for it to really take over near the end. While it’s strong in parts it feels much more disjointed than I would have liked. I enjoy both parts of the song equally, but I don’t really feel like they work together in cohesive unity. I love the hazy, almost dreamlike texture of the tracks downbeat segments and the upbeat portions are gritty in the best way possible. I just wish that rather than feeling so disjointed, the track could have found the perfect middle ground. Much like INFINITE’s masterpiece Back. But while I have some issues, Eternally is still the strongest track promoted from the album.
Final Rating: 8.25 / 10