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VIXX – Chained Up (Album Review)

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VIXX is back with their second full K-Pop album called Chained Up.  It came in two different editions… Control and Freedom (which matches the concept in their latest video for the title track).

VIXX - Chained Up (Both Editions)
VIXX – Chained Up (Both Editions)
[ultimate_heading main_heading=”Track By Track Review” spacer=”line_only” line_height=”1″][/ultimate_heading][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Mistress (Intro)” header_color=”#dd3333″]Like all of their previous mini albums, the intro is just a lead in into the main track.  It’s a pretty eerie sounding intro… perfect for Halloween.[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Chained Up” header_color=”#dd3333″]The title track of the album.  It’s not their typical uptempo song like Error, Eternity or even Rock Your Body.  It’s more a mid-tempo song with darker connotations.  It took a little more listens to get into the groove of the song, but the sing-songy chorus “na-na-na-na-na-na-na” kinda hooks you in…[/td_block_text_with_title]
[td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Maze” header_color=”#dd3333″]Maze would be a good follow up track to Chained Up.  With it’s shifty beat and synths make it a really good pop song.[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Stop It Girl” header_color=”#dd3333″]Ballad-ish R&B song which slows the tempo of the album up to this point.  Could see them performing this as a goodbye stage.[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Hot Enough” header_color=”#dd3333″]Another R&B mid-tempo jam…. to the point it kinda doesn’t sound like them.   Not bad, just a little different.[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Spider” header_color=”#dd3333″]Somewhat aggressive sounding pop and almost rock-ish song.  Kinda could see EXO singing this too.[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Out of Sorts” header_color=”#dd3333″]Another mid-tempo pop song.  Sounds like a song for a lazy afternoon where you’re just lounging or relaxing… or something lighthearted and fun.  Just has that carefree feeling.[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Heaven” header_color=”#dd3333″]Ravi sings… sorta… during the chorus.  This song has the elements that I like… bright and uplifting sounding.  If they did a video, I would picture it being like G.R.8.U[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Us Now” header_color=”#dd3333″]Another slow song…  Sweet sounding…[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Eternity” header_color=”#dd3333″]Their prior single Eternity was also included… and I think you know how I liked this song…[/td_block_text_with_title]
[td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Error” header_color=”#dd3333″]Another prior single… with the same comment as Eternity…  The video is just full of feels…[/td_block_text_with_title]
[td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Can’t Say” header_color=”#dd3333″]A prior Japanese single… done in Korean.  At least they redid it so you can hear it in either form now 🙂  Here’s the Japanese PV so you can compare.[/td_block_text_with_title]

So what do you think of their latest album?  Let me know in the comments.  As a bonus… here’s my unboxing of it…

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