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[Album & MV Review] VIXX - 'Zelos'

By eric_r_wirsing   Monday, April 25, 2016   19,691   2,074   18



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Track List:

1. Dynamite
2. Six Feet Under
3. Farewell Hands
4. Dynamite (Inst.)

VIXX is back, and this time with a brand new concept. One of three albums in their year-long "Conception" project, they bring you the three-track disc 'Zelos.' Zelos is the Greek god of rivalry and jealousy, and the boys portray guys who have been bitten by the green-eyed monster (i.e., they're jealous). This is their fifth single album.

"Dynamite" is the title track, and I'm not as enthused about this as I could be. It's a good herald for summer with its expansive, horn-like synths and the danceable beat. The hooks and harmonies are actually really good, along with the staccato nature of the bridge. It's got that heightened tension in the main verses, giving you a nice progression to the chorus. It's bright, upbeat, and a pretty good pop tune. But is it VIXX?

The standout track, IMHO, is "Six Feet Under." This is much closer to the dark concept we've come to expect from VIXX. While I'm not much for their brighter, happier songs, I'm very into the dark stuff. Starting from the title to the lyrics, this song has a lot of dark written into it. Lines like "She's just like a transparent coffin" and "My love is already DOA (dead on arrival)" pretty much give you a good idea. While I like the body-moving beat, it almost sounds like they're happy singing it, which is a bit weird. Still, it's a good listen.  

"Farewell Hands" is a ballad, starting out somewhat stripped down, then about 30 seconds in the boys are joined by a beat and strings. There's a nice tinkling bell effect right before Ravi's melancholy rapping, and then the boys join in a skilled harmony before splitting off again. They do a good job here, Ken's moving falsetto and Leo's tenor add some emotional heft to the song. As to what it's about, these lines say it all:

I'm sorry
I don't feel a thing
When I hold your hand
When we hold hands together

Ultimately, I'm not sure this wasn't an experiment, though I think it came out okay. VIXX seems to have strayed from the dark concept we're used to into more of a traditional K-Pop mold. I'm not sure if I'm happy with it, but I do know the other albums that are planned have to do with Kratos (personification of authority) and Hades (god of death), so hopefully we'll see a return to the dark concept. Ultimately, I liked 'Unchained' better, even though this album definitely shows a creative shift. Misfit and Ravi wrote the title track, and Ravi had a hand in all the rest. This album wasn't bad, but I was hoping for something a bit different.


Watch as the boys of VIXX dance their way through different environments. That's it. That's literally all they do. The imagery is a bit odd, too, from a room that is stacked with TVs to claustrophobic hallways to an area with unclothed mannequins and lots of neon lighting. If there was a plot, it got lost somewhere.

What the MV does feature is tons and tons of dancing. If you thought they were switching away from the dancing scenes in MVs too fast, this one's for you -- but not really. If you look pretty close at the dancing, there's a couple outstanding scenes, but a lot of it's individual locks, or even them moving their arms in a half-assed way. There's precious little synchronization, the camera switching from one scene to another willy nilly.

Ultimately, this is a good showcase for the band, but that's about it. You get lots of shots of each one doing his thing and a few group shots. The sad thing is that unless you're completely distracted by how handsome they are, it's not much of an MV. Oh look, here's some dancing. Oh look, more dancing. And it's not like it's that much on point either. The choreo just didn't seem that interesting. I don't know what they were looking to achieve with this MV, but I don't think they succeeded. 


MV Relevance..........7
MV Production.........7
MV Concept.............7
Album Production...7
Album Concept........8


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Queen2Skully (Banned) Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Also let me just say every comment below Right? And I can bet you 100% they are saving the dark concept for the Hades album. There concept is gonna be split into 2 different ones. So don't you think you are speaking too early to judge?

big_kpop_lovers Wednesday, April 27, 2016

next time please ask starlight in case you run out some source to make review, thanks

katiririn Tuesday, April 26, 2016

"Ultimately, I liked 'Unchained' better, even though this album definitely shows a creative shift." if you mean chained up by this sentence you are so unprofessional to even write reviews about vixx if you don't even get their album names/title songs right....

alyangel Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Why are your reviews so unprofessional? You continually downrate great albums from your own preferences. If you don't like the concept, don't review it at all. There's surely somebody else who could give a fairer rating. "It's bright, upbeat, and a pretty good pop tune. But is it VIXX?" Seriously? Have you not even tried to look at their earlier years? Superhero, Rock Ur Body, GR8U, Love Equation? There's even a lot of nontitle tracks of theirs on the 'dark concept' albums with bright and fun songs.So, please, resist the urge to put in all of your opinions in a professional review.

skullsheep Tuesday, April 26, 2016

I respect that it's not everyone's cup of tea, but as a fan it's getting a bit tiring when people use "concept idol" as an excuse to dislike their "bright" concept when in reality they only expected dark stuff from Vixx. It's clearly just a biased opinion, that I understood very well because I prefer their intense concept because let's all admit it, not anyone in Kpop can nail the boys range in that sense (yet). Concepts are a variety of things, they were coined as Concept-dols because they nail a certain idea that are usually fragmented into billion other pieces in other kpop groups to not overwhelm the fans only to end up underwhelming them.Even if I know for a fact that Vixx has gotten popular for their dark/intense concept, I think I want new fans or people who wanted to try their music to not be locked on one concept only and embrace their bright upbeat concepts. Don't make your expectations focus on something they're  already good at because the boys are good at other things as well, and although their work even know lacks recognition for what it actually deserves (they're getting there...), I hope fans and new fans would appreciate the wide variety of genres that VIXX can bring in the table. Don't be afraid to try something new and honestly some of their music is just something you have to listen more than just once to get. It never hurts to try yah know. You can't appreciate if you have single line of thought and expectation. :)

Myst1cal skullsheep Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Right? Like, for example, Superhero, Rock Ur Body, GR8U

Melisandre Tuesday, April 26, 2016

I'm not the sort to get upset when someone expresses opinions different from mine, so I'm totally cool with this review. Except for one thing: VIXX do not have a song called Unchained. Please check your facts next time ;)

hottest_aileean Tuesday, April 26, 2016

i really like this album :)

scarlettpiercexo Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Being into the "dark stuff" is fine, but I don't believe one should stereotype a group into one genre just because the group was famous for it. Vixx started out with an upbeat and bright concept, so not liking Dynamite because its not "Vixx" is not accurate, isn't it a good thing that Vixx could pull off a concept that is NOT dark? The plot wasn't too obvious, and that wasn't a big problem. Clearly, with music as good as Dynamite, it shows that they don't need a plot. Go and see MRJKPOP's reaction of Dynamite. He gives a reallyin-depth analysis of the actual music, and how it is one of the best comebacks ever. Dynamite is not a traditional Kpop mold either. Dynamite is its own genre of music, pop, funky with a bit of Jazz implemented into it. Some people said it sounds like Shinee, and thats a good thing. Not every group out there can pull of that Shinee sound, because to be honest its very difficult. Just because Vixx didn't do a dark concept doesn't mean you can't listen to it objectively. If you didn't like it, at least sound more objective and professional before posting it here.

Myst1cal Monday, April 25, 2016

"It's bright, upbeat, and a pretty good pop tune. But is it VIXX?"Have you not heard of Superhero, Rock Your Body, GR8U, Love Equation (even though it was a remake)?

SugaBomb Myst1cal Monday, April 25, 2016

he clearly didnt. he only cares about girl groups and writes shit reviews for boy groups.

renyrells Monday, April 25, 2016

wow a sub 8. im impressed AK

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