Popular K-pop group Tomorrow x Together (also known as TXT) under BTS’ label Big Hit has taken over the world and broke numerous records with their latest release which is their mini album The Name Chapter: Temptation. Within the first week, they debuted as the first #1 album of 2023 and according to Billboard, they have recorded the largest sales week for any album since Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” release in October.
The Name Chapter: Temptation follows a dreamy more sensual concept and encompasses many different genres such as western pop, dark pop, afrobeats and more. The title track,“Sugar Rush Ride,” centers a nice boy falling to the sweet temptation of a devil. The funky track encompasses beautiful vocals that turn into a dark whisper as the chorus enters “the devil said.”
With the surge of Tiktok, the b-side “Tinnitus (Wanna be a rock)” has gained a lot of attention for its catchiness. There is an afrobeat that flows throughout the song and sounds nothing like the group has ever done before.
A main thing the album encompasses is the imagery of Peter Pan and that is why the closing track is called “Farewell, Neverland.” The song follows the boys accepting a heartbreak and saying goodbye to this place that has temptation as well as irresponsibility.
Overall, I feel like the album was one of their best. There wasn’t one song that I felt stood out in a negative way; they all flow from one track to the next with a completely different sound for TXT. It is a very vocal heavy album and I appreciated how they tried to make their voices sound different on each track. It shows how TXT is growing and continuing to distinguish themselves in the K-pop industry as one of the top groups of the fourth generation of K-pop.
I think the resources of being a part of a massive label like Big Hit really helps them because they get these incredible writers and producers (some that are Grammy winners) that help their concept flow after each comeback. This album was more mature and showed a different side of TXT that we never expected. TXT is known for more innocent concepts and ever since the release of Good Boy Gone Bad, they’ve entered a more mature era of music.
I asked two University of Maryland students that enjoy listening to TXT what they thought of The Name Chapter: Temptation and who their bias (favorite) is in TXT.
Sophomore criminology major Natalia Ortega said, “I really enjoyed how unique this concept was and thought the album had no skips. My bias in TXT is Yeonjun because his dancing is just so thorough and he just has that look you can’t take your eyes off of.”
“I think the album was my favorite by them,” said sophomore business major Marta Janerio. “They brought something new to the table and each track just got better and better. My favorite is Soobin because the high notes he can hit are just so impressive and I appreciate amazing vocals.”
I think we all were very happy with this album and are very proud of them. I can’t wait to see the next concept they do and see how it continues with the storyline that Big Hit has perfected with this group. What concept would you want to see TXT to do next?