While I predominantly cover singles on here, I’ve always been an avid consumer of albums. More often than not, this results in some songs that I adore but others that I detest. As a remedy to this issue, we have Beast Sides! These songs put the Beast in B-side and are either stronger than their accompanying title track or songs that are just too solid to leave out.
Much like a lot of the ATEEZ fanbase, I wasn’t the biggest fan of new single Fireworks (I’m The One). It has since grown on me a little but remains my least favourite of the groups singles by a wide margin. And its promotion is even more unfortunate when considering it comes from the same album as the brilliant Take Me Home. A track that embraces current trends and distils them into a production that reflects exactly what makes a group like ATEEZ so special.
I honestly have no idea why this wasn’t the title track. Absolutely no clue. Especially since the album contains an English version of the song too. I understand that the group want to have a more “edgy” and “cool” vibe and that a song like Fireworks lends more to the performance but there’s just no reason for a song like Take Me Home to be shafted. There’s just so much here to love, both for fans of the group and for those who want a smoother entry point into the groups discography. I can even imagine a dark, empty club based music video for it!
Taking heavy influence from The Weeknd’s equally stunning In Your Eyes, Take Me Home’s dark synth backbone is one that is pure catnip to my ears. It’s got a real weight to it, punctuated by some otherworldly ad libs and a vocal performance that’s right up there with some of the groups best. Unlike Fireworks, the vocal effects here lend to the atmosphere instead of taking away from it, enveloping the instrumental with a real sense of emotion that only few groups can truly muster. Much of this is due to Jongho’s stunning vocals, which are on full display here. I adore his vocal tone and his soaring power note before the second chorus is what dreams are made of. The groups unique vocal blend also lends the rousing chorus some real weight, supporting the gorgeous melody with a sense of ease that perfectly compliments the darker synth sound that much of Take Me Home revels in.
But as with many of ATEEZ’ best songs, the real star of the song is its showstopping climax, which builds itself from a pleading cry to a galloping beat that explodes into a truly majestic chorus. Couple this already spectacular display of the groups skills with a lengthy sax(!!!) outro and you’ve got one of the years most stunning climax’s. This really should have been a single.
Final Rating: 9.25 / 10