I watched the new NCT Limitless video (randomly picked the dance version). These are my first impressions: the choreography was unnecessarily busy for the pace of the song. I was getting so distracted that I actually had to just close my eyes and listen to get a neutral feel of it.
It's good in some areas, definitely. It's strength is the chorus. Which is why I can see it's compared to EXO's music. EXO's songs have very dramatic/romantic chorus breaks. This song had it as well with how to instrumentals and vocals "climbed up" dramatically. Taeyeong(?) with that throat thing though (stank face inducing). One thing that alarmed me was that, to my newbie ear, no one outside of 2 or 3 voices stood out (again I'm just going off of just audio at this point). I was hearing the same voices I've heard in the other NCT songs which is probably why they stood out a bit. If you close your eyes and pretend you didn't know this was NCT, this release could've come from a number of groups. Right off the top of my head, I thought of 2 or 3 Baby Gen to 3rd Gen boy groups who could've sung this. It's not horrible but pretty standard with some style biting from their sunbaes. With very little tweaking it could have easily been any boy group singing this. Not the end of the world but something to keep in mind.
As far as the aesthetics go, they shouldn't have all been wearing red, dancing complicated steps in the dark. I know it's the dance version, but you should actually be able to see them dancing. After a while, they bled into each other with the red color. In fact that's really what stood out to me about the aesthetics. Busy.Red. Which is why I just had to close my eyes. Overall, an interesting mix of "ok", "good" and "mess". It could be a grower though if you completely dismiss the visual direction and don't care about who's singing it.
Meh. Don't know if I'll go to itunes on this one, but maybe I'll listen to the audio a couple more times. Oh and, I did finally see the rough version. Not as busy of course, but directionless and cheap looking (guess that's why its rough). Didn't add or subtract to my overall impressions.