[Single/MV Review] TVXQ ‘Spellbound’ 7th Album Repackage
This review is solely my opinion, written based on my own taste and preferences. I am not a professional music critic, I can be very harsh and biased, please don’t take my reviews too seriously, the most important opinion is your own.
By RageX @HeartofThe9
TVXQ celebrated their 10 year anniversary with the release of their 7th Korean album ‘TENSE’. It marked a milestone few pop acts reach in their careers, but comes with it the inevitability that this could be the duo’s last project before their military service. With ‘TENSE’, Yunho and Changmin adopted a more lighthearted yet classy style with Swing Jazz influences, moving away from their past “hyper masculine” music driven by thundering bass and electronic sound (although they continue to use a variation of this style in Japan, a la 'Scream'). 'TENSE' turned out to be one of the most coherent musical efforts, with the funk & jazz flavor and the use of brass instrumentation well intact throughout, it gives the impression of being more “real music” than “idol music”. I was fine with this new approach, even if I regret losing the usual oomph that came with SMP and eletro-dance. This is a mellow album you can listen to for a long time without getting tired or overwhelmed.