For the past few years, double title tracks have been a dying breed. Although they experienced mass popularity in the early to mid 2010’s, they’ve all but disappeared from the promotional schedules of major groups. It’s a choice that would have likely solved many of the rather underwhelming single choices we’ve seen this year as most groups have comeback with singles far weaker than their accompanying b-sides. That’s why I was so excited when ATEEZ announced their return with another set of double title tracks. And while Inception won out in the end, I’m so happy they went through with the promotion of THANXX, the superior single.
Whereas Inception felt a little more soundalike to really leave much of an impact, THANXX is pure ATEEZ from start to finish. It’s a fantastic display of their pirate aesthetic and while I would have liked them to pursued a different sound for their new album series (trance or rock would have been nice), I understand why they chose a single that stuck to their guns. It’s a sound that no other group can even come close to replicating and this kind of individuality really goes a long way. It’s a strong showcase for the boys talents and the freewheeling, charisma laden verses show exactly why. The instrumentation is very strong, utilising a great guitar riff, pounding percussion and trap to create somthing that very rarely feels like its lacking momentum.
At its best, THANXX feels like Wonderland‘s less ambitious younger brother and while that may seem like a dig, it’s actually a massive compliment. Wonderland was one of 2019’s biggest and best singles so the fact that we get something even close to that in 2020 is pretty great. It’s definitely not nearly as strong as Wonderland (I mean few songs are) but it’s sheer bombast is to be appreciated. The militant chorus is just fantastic and while there isn’t much of a melody to be found, feels grandiose enough to feel like a worthy centrepiece. And just like any great ATEEZ single, it ramps up big time for a larger than life finale which just explodes with power. This is pure ATEEZ through and through and I honestly couldn’t be happier.
Final Rating: 9 / 10