Although I love them dearly, TXT’s 2020 output has been less than stellar. Title track Can’t You See Me has only gotten more forgettable with time and the less said about Puma the better. I loved their debut year work but it almost seemed like the group were going down a route that just didn’t resonate with me. But thank god for anime productions because other than the funktacular Drama, Everlasting Shine is easily their biggest and best song this year.
I was debating on whether or not to feature this as a “Beast Side” or address it as a “Song Review”. But given the songs massive surge in popularity, I thought it would be fitting to give Everlasting Shine the full “song review” treatment. Because boy does it deserve it. Everlasting Shine acts as the 12th opening for long running shounen (and low-key Naruto clone) Black Clover and feels just as grand and exciting as you would expect a shounen opening to sound. It fixes so many of the issues I had with the groups last mini album and honestly feels so god damn refreshing. Its glorious melodic refrain is just fantastic and manages to feel perfectly suited to both an opening and an entry into TXT’s ever expanding discography.
There aren’t any needless diversions to be found and the streamlined structure here really helps shine light on the tracks many finer details. The chugging guitar that underlies much of the verses and even the chorus feels downright essential and helps paint the entire track in a kind of majestic coat. I love it when songs open with their chorus and Everlasting Shine is a song that opens with a bang. It brings me right back to the stuff I used to listen to in the early 2010’s and really just transforms an otherwise standard pop song into a full blown nostalgia trip.
But If I had one complaint about this track, it has to be the overuse of vocal processing. I don’t know what’s been up with Bighit groups over the past year or so but the almost robotic sound engineering going on has kind of reached its limit. It’s been a problem that’s plagued both BTS and TXT and one that I really wish the producers would ease up on. But apart from this minor gripe, Everlasting Shine is a very nice surprise and a fantastic first original Japanese song from TXT.
Final Rating: 8.75/10