The Boyz’s last EP, Thrill-ing, was released just three months ago, but they’re already back. Their third single album, MAVERICK, takes on a totally different concept that has to be one of the best of 2021.
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We leave the beach and summer vibes to give way to a more Squid Game-like concept. To be more precise, The Boyz’s comeback takes huge inspiration from the 2000 Japanese movie Battle Royale. One could even say they pay tribute to it. That alone says it all because, yes, this is one of The Boyz’s best comebacks to date. Everything about it is not only flawless but simply genius.
To give a quick background to the concept for this comeback, Battle Royale is about a class of teenagers forced to kill each other until only one is left standing. The original movie is quite violent and requires caution when watching it. But fear not, The Boyz’s music video doesn’t show any explicit violence or deaths. However, the concept is the same and there are so many references. For example, the necklaces they wear resemble the ones in the movie and it is the same concept that every person gets one random weapon – New gets a bow and Kevin gets a grenade. In other words, the music video was really thought through and it is so telling they didn’t take this concept slightly.
With flawless visuals and a choreography that just confirms once again that The Boyz are one of the best performance groups out there, the music video for ‘MAVERICK’ is one of their best – if not the best they’ve released. You have fighting, pain, suspense, and so much more. ‘MAVERICK’ does feel like a movie, and there are so many layers to it that you can watch it a hundred times without getting bored. Believe us, we would know.
But this comeback isn’t only about the concept and the music video, it’s also about the music of course. And it’s safe to say ‘MAVERICK’ is one of their more complex and powerful title tracks. The rap verses are simply incredible but the song still gives way to melodic parts that highlight their vocalists so well – that high note delivered by Sangyeon in the bridge is one of the best things we’ve heard all year not gonna lie. As they all come together in the chorus, ‘MAVERICK’ feels so powerful and a bit anthem-like.
It’s miles apart from their previous title track, ‘Thrill Ride,’ and yet both title tracks embody so well The Boyz. It goes to show that there are so many layers to them as a group and so much left to see from them.
With the release of one of their most impactful title track to date, The Boyz also released two of their most unique b-sides to accompany ‘MAVERICK.’
The song following the title track in the single album is ‘Hypnotized.’ The sample used all throughout the song lures you right in the song, creating a dream-like sensation. The lyrics fit well the vibe of the song as they sing about being trapped in love. The sample and the ad-libs give a true R&B feel to the song, all while having that The Boyz flare. This song is truly unique to their discography but it still feels very natural for them.
‘Russian Roulette’ on the other hand fits the concept of their comeback so well – the title itself says it all. The production in this song is absolutely insane and has so many layers to the point that even after looping it you’ll still find new elements. It mixes a lot of genres together and makes them blend so seamlessly. ‘Russian Roulette’ is one of those The Boyz songs that feel somehow very sophisticated and almost dramatic, it is very subtle yet powerful. And the build-up during the bridge is absolutely incredible. This is what music is all about.
The Boyz have nothing left to prove, we already know they have it all, and yet they keep pushing the bar so high up. MAVERICK is simply a genius release that is by far one of The Boyz’s most impactful comebacks. They keep coming up with unique concepts that surprise us, and seeing how big 2021 was for them we can’t wait for 2022.
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