TVXQ is back with their newest album, Rise As God, just before they’re both off to their mandatory military service. The lead singles from the albums are actually solo tracks for each member.
Max’s solo single is called Rise As One which starts off as a mellow track but builds up to a dance track at the chorus. It kinda reminds me of Planet Shiver’s – Rainbow in how it builds up to the chorus.
The video itself is a bit washed out and dull looking to give it a somewhat melancholy look to it. It features both Max and U-Know in one short clip. The rest of the time it’s with two boys (which I’m assuming are them). The cinematography of the video is really nice, though at times I wish it wasn’t so filtered.
U-Know’s solo single is called Champagne and he’s featured throughout the baby… as a many different people… like a baby, bartender, gangster and an old man…
The song is more a mid-tempo dance song that is pretty catchy, but sounds a bit more subdued if you compare it to Max’s one which features stronger vocals and harder beats. Visually though, U-Know’s video is a lot more colorful and fun.
The rest of the songs off the album are a mix of.. The first song, Vertigo has a bit of an R&B feel from the early 2000s nd could be another single. Everyday It Rains is another R&B track that is perfect for a lazy rainy day/night. Smile (Wedding Dress), actually sounds more like an EXO song lol… Top of the World, not really sure what to make of it, the beat is a bit irregular which kinda drowns out their vocals. Dominus is a midtempo pop track with guitars and horns that actually sounds pretty mature. Lucky Star is the hopeful sounding song that was probably put there to tell the fans that they’ll be back.
There are a couple more solo tracks included. Apology sung by Max is a R&B ballad which shows off his vocal range. U-Know’s second solo track Komplikated is a dance track with some weird effects before the chorus that sounds pretty eerie, but the chorus breakdown sounds like most dance tracks today.
Overall the album is a good collection of songs to hopefully be able to tie fans over for the next 20 or so months.