Charged with an exclamatory vocal inflection and punchy high noted guitar chords (this bold and punchy production courtesy of d-work), Tuxx’s “The Games We Play” is a seemingly gleeful and melodic, succinct track.  Complete with soothing harmonies courtesy of Tuxx’s singing, as well as a catchy hook, the song is rather upbeat and replete with hope. Upon further listening though, Tuxx has the ability to enrapture you in this colorful trance that is akin to a thorn coated in a thick layer of honey–it’s the lyrical vulnerability and relatability that shines beneath the surface as a scornful light.  

    The opening hook is alluring and repetitive:

Love’s a shitty game and I’ll just say that shit again // Don’t mix love with the drugs don’t mix love with the friends…

After imploring the listeners to act responsible with their hearts, Tuxx goes on to recount personally the titular “games” he’s been a participant of and the unforgiving circumstances of them through heartfelt and somber lines. Very prominent and increasingly well sung ones being,

It’s a game I don’t really wanna play // It’s okay for you cuz I don’t wanna lose at these games // When I turn around the world is burning down and it’s hurtin’ now just to see you… my heart’s your toy… Feelings I’m lost and confused // I’ve seen better days with you right now I could care less about you I finally found it out…

The lines possess an emotionally charged disposition to both relationships and romance in general, something incredibly relatable that can be based upon the artist’s own experiences. Not only within the lyrics is there a compelling element, with all the wordplay that encapsulates both the title and theme wonderfully, but Tuxx as a traditional singer (whereas I first discovered Tuxx through his rapping prowess) is refreshingly unique and dulcet to listen to. Run it up.