P-Nation have been one of those agencies that have drawn me in through the sheer personality of their artists over their musical output. Artists like Jessi, HyunA and PSY himself all have such magnetic charm that they can make almost anything, music or not worth seeking out. And though I didn’t watch LOUD, it seemed as though new boy group TNX would also follow suit, buoyed by some great personalities and equally great performers. As such, I came into Move completely blind and with heightened expectation.
What a bad idea that was.
Move is not good. Like at all. It takes some of the worst instincts of modern day boy group music and gives it an even more noisy makeover that results in a terrible listen. The descending siren loop that dominates the background of all the verses is overplayed and distracting taking away from the honestly solid, if generic performance the boys give. The chorus is the biggest clunker however, playing off a non-existent melody and noisy production that reduces the hook to a compilation of cringy catchphrases and shouty statements about how cool they are. It’s the worst possible example of these edgy boy group tracks, all bluster with no engagement. It’s even worse when you consider that Move is a debut. A debut should carve out a unique sound for a group, shine light on what makes them stand out from the crowd. Not give us a reason to believe that they’re the exact same as the competition. I said this in my ONEUS review but I mean it even more so here. It seems as though the producers here were just on autopilot, picking from the exact same sample packs as their peers and putting no extra thought
And that’s a shame because there are elements of Move that really hint towards something greater. The dramatic, string and trumpet assisted moments could have easily been harnessed more liberally to give Move a more triumphant and melodically satisfying soundscape more in line with ATEEZ’ 2019 material. A comparison I don’t make lightly. We can see this during the second verse where the production strips away the clanging trap beats and grating siren synth to deliver a killer rap verse that genuinely gains momentum. It’s the one bright patch in a song that lacks any light, dropping the listener into an endless abyss of darkness populated by an endless and incessant barrage of senseless noise.
Final Rating: 5.75 / 10