Comeback Countdown: A-JAX (Finale)
Firstly, I would like to apologize for the how late this review is. My internet was acting up all weekend, and when I submitted it to Kari it must not have gone through correctly. However, my original review was pretty harsh, so I have to say that it was a fortunate mistake, because this song really grew on me.
Insane features our maknae Sungyeob as the patient undergoing hypnosis, but instead of curing him of his malady, it incites fits of - you guessed it - insanity. He begins to have hallucinations of the other members, who reside in colorful rooms through which they can connect to Sungyeob in his delirious state. Because of the nature of the concept, nothing that happens really makes sense, but visually it’s a pretty interesting and cool-looking video. However, without any particular sense of storyline or an idea of what’s going on, it occasionally fails to keep the viewer’s attention.
The song took me a while to warm up to. My original criticisms were that the song as a whole was too busy and that none of the parts connected to form a cohesive song. To be honest, upon subsequent listens, I have no idea why I thought that. In fact, I think the contrast between the 90s-sounding verses and the chorus contributes to the success of the song as a whole. My only complaint is that most parts of the song remain relatively static; even the buildup chorus isn’t particularly powerful. (Also I would have liked to see my boy Seungjin get a bigger rap part, but that’s just me.)
On top of that, the music and the video work together remarkably well, and it’s nice to see A-JAX doing a story-based music video like back in the days of Never Let Go. After less than three weeks, Insane already has more views than Hot Game, and all things considered, it’s for good reason.
Upon second consideration, I give this comeback a 7.5/10.