With Cravity having two X1 members and two Produce X 101
finalists, you can already tell that Starship's new boy group is going to be a thing. Their debut record Hideout: Remember Who We Are
shows why we should pay attention to these strong and hot rookies.
"I'm on the top of the chain! Get out of my, out of my way!" Starting off with the very powerful, aggressive and forceful anthem Top of the Chain (Track 1), the opening of Hideout: Remember Who We Are leaves a strong impression with assertive lyrics that voice the group's aspiration.
After the intro comes the urban hip-hop title track Break all the Rules (Track 2). Gionata Caracciolo, who took part in Super Junior's Animals and Red Velvet's With You, produced the title track alongside hitmakers Drew Ryan Scott and Sean Michael Alexander. To be honest, the song didn't live up to my expectations at first, but overall it's very catchy, and it's the perfect way to express Cravity's worldview. Jung Mo, Seong Min and Woo Bin's singing tones caught my attention the most, and Se Rim and Allen's rap sections are captivating – they don't sound like rookies at all. I also particularly love Jung Mo and Min Hee's pre-chorus duet parts!
Monsta X's Joohoney gifted the dope and fierce dance track JUMPER (Track 3) to his Starship juniors. Fiery and intense, JUMPER also brings out their group concept: "It's your world! Just do what you wanna do! Jump up and high, we are the jumpers!" As soon as I listened to the song, it immediately came to my mind that it's a very Joohoney-ish style of music – and I can totally imagine him singing the whole song! As for the urban future trap number Blackout (Track 4), it's a slightly rockish plug written by Naitumela Masuku (TXT's Angel or Devil).
The promising newcomers also reveal a little of their soft sides through some soothing tunes in the rest of the tracklist. Star (Track 7) is my favorite among the three. Cravity sings to their dear fans in the R&B pop ballad produced by team GALACTIKA*. Woo Bin, Jung Mo and Min Hee's high notes in the song are so beautiful. Sentimental future bass track Stay (Track 5) offers a groovy ambience with Won Jin's vocals standing out, while Cloud 9 (Track 6) brings a refreshing and upbeat summer vibe that is totally different from the first half of the album.
Though Break all the Rules is hardly rule-breaking at all, the entire Hideout: Remember Who We Are album pretty much proves Cravity's capability, ambition and eagerness to climb to the "Top of the Chain."