TXT– “The Name Chapter: Temptation” review: Growing from teen to adult in five songs


The album cover of TXT’s “The Name Chapter: Temptation” album released on Jan 27. Photo from BigHit Music.

Julia Wong, Staff Writer

The K-pop boy band, TOMORROW BY TOGETHER (TXT) released their fifth mini album, “The Name Chapter: Temptation” on Jan. 27. This album surprised many listeners with a unique variety of genres in a five-track album. The album was sung in pop, alternative, dance, rap, afro-pop, and rock genres.

Debuted on March 4, 2019, this five-member band followed the concept of experiencing and enduring the struggles of adolescence. “The Name Chapter: Temptation” portrays the internal conflicts of transitioning from childhood to adulthood. Instead of instantly turning into an adult, they decided to extend to their child-like mindset.

They connected their concept to Peter Pan by referencing his story of staying in Neverland to prevent growing into an adult. Throughout the album, they depict the short-lasting pleasure and endless cycles of unproductivity while staying in their Neverland. They finally accept the significant change in their lives and escape their version of Neverland.

With such diverse music genres, each song is unique and addicting to listen to, especially “Devil by the Window” and “Tinnitus (Wanna be a rock)”. “Devil by the Window”, the only full English track, is an alternative pop song that starts off the album strong with a mixture of dark and sweet elements. The entire song switches from contrasting bass to a whimsical melody satisfying the concept of temptation going back and forth. The ending of the song, my favorite part, showcases the vocalists’ capability of creating a soothing atmosphere after the previous contradicting themes. Overall, the song depicts the beginning of neglecting the acceptance of adulthood. The devil represents how easy internal thoughts and temptations can easily take over your mindset to fulfill your desires.

“Tinnitus (Wanna be a rock)” an afro-pop song really grabbed my attention for its catchy beats and abstract lyrics. The song illustrated a situation where you’re surrounded by people, but no matter how many people are around you, you have an overwhelming and insecure feeling; in order to escape those feelings you wish to be the most basic and easygoing thing, a rock. The addictive beats and percussions add to the aspect of a mellow vibe.

Junior Caroline Chavez, a frequent listener to TXT, shared her initial thoughts on the album.

“I thought the style was funky and it took me by surprise because it’s not exactly like the music you hear on TikTok,” said Chavez.

As a teenager experiencing change, this entire album was a relatable listen and catchy to listen to. I really enjoy how each song sounds different and brings variety to the album, there’s no boring song. Even though they’re all different individually, they build up the story and concept. I could connect with the difficulty to change into an adult overnight, especially with the new responsibilities we would have to learn. I really enjoy how they are able to portray the transition from a child to an adult mindset. There are tempting moments to only live without responsibilities, but ignorance can’t last forever. I would recommend this album to anyone who can relate to their messages or is willing to explore different genres, I rate this album as 9/10.