VIXX ditches the dark, mysterious concept on mini albums Eternity and Error for a casual, boyish image on their new single album Boys’ Equation. Fans might have gotten used to the unique concepts they delivered for their past comebacks, but their subtle alternative does not make their songs or live performances any less entertaining. Boys’ Equation, in spite of containing just four tracks (one of them is an instrumental version of the title track), has all the hallmarks of a fun, solid album.
The title track ‘Love Equation’ is not an original song written for the group, but a reinterpretation of R.ef’s 1995 dance hit ‘Farewell Formula’. The sunny-day tune feels modern despite its age – partly due to the rap bits penned by Ravi. Leo puts his thoughts on breakups front and centre in ‘On A Cold Night’ – a ballad the 25-year-old composed and written. The heart-ripping number reflects on how a man copes with the loss of the girl he loves, and is probably the album’s most striking moment in showcasing the members’ vocal versatility.
‘Memory’ – the brainchild of Ravi – feels gloomier in comparison to the other two songs on the album. The four-minute track started out slow with restrained drum beats before picking up its tempo with a contemplative rap that turns more aggressive towards the end.
Recommended tracks: ‘Love Equation’ and ‘Memory’