VIXX – EAU DE VIXX
1. Scentist *Title
2. Odd Sense
4. My Valentine
6. Good Day
10. Navy & Shining Gold
12. Scentist (Inst.)
Following the success of 'Shangri-La,' VIXX are back once again with a brand new concept -- one centering around odors and colognes. The members are all into fragrances of various types, according to Metro, so the concept fits them well. Their newest release consists of 12 tracks, including 2017's title track "Shangri-La." The members got several self-written tracks on the album for this comeback.
The upbeat "Good Day" has a funky groove to it, and it has some banger-like aspects, such as an easy hook and repetition. It's a fun song, but is it VIXX? I have to ask that, simply because it is so upbeat. It's a little uncharacteristic for them, though the last couple albums seemed to do the same. "Escape" starts out subtle and spare, and soon develops into their trademark harmonies and some impeccable vocal work. Ravi's raps here give this song an edginess that helps it stand out. "Trigger" is a piece of super-smooth R&B with some killer beats and a dance-floor aesthetic. I like the chorus in this one -- for once they sort of eschew the harmonies and make the tune harder. The track is all the better for it.
The members of VIXX said they wanted to showcase a number of genres on their album, and that shows here. Everything from R&B to various types of techno and pop to boot. A good cologne should possess a certain kind of persona, something that lets everyone who smells it think of the person wearing it. The same with music to the listener. There's more than just a hint of the band here, this LP proudly announces who they are. And, like most VIXX concepts, this one will at once satisfy, tantalize, and leave you wanting more.
Leave it to these guys to put a sense of foreboding in a video about cologne. The concept is that they're perfumer's, but you've never been in a lab like this. There are blood-like colors and packages that remind me of nothing so much as blood supplies. There are snakes and a bar-like setting where you can drink the stuff, and even guns pointed at the viewer. If you were hoping for something to calm your nerves, think again.
True, this kind of thing is hardly new, but VIXX has become associated with it. And frankly, their concepts are more interesting because of this. This video is in some ways unsettling, and in other ways startling. But it's a kind of a sinuous thing. Rather than jump scares, they present us with images and flashes of danger, and the flow of the MV goes right along with the song.
The nice thing is that the choreo is usually pretty tight across all their MVs, and that is the case here. While it's not the most amazing job, they move with confidence and force. That alone will get you points in my book.
Arresting, striking, and disturbing, this MV has the aroma of awesomeness.
MV SCORE: 9.0
ALBUM SCORE: 8.6