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[Album & MV Review] MONSTA X – 'The Clan pt. 1 Lost'

By eric_r_wirsing   Tuesday, May 31, 2016   35,574   4,430   13
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MONSTA X – THE CLAN pt.1 'LOST'

Track List:

1. Ex Girl (Feat. Whee In of MAMAMOO)
2. All in
3. Obsess Only About Me
4. White Sugar
5. That's a Foul
6. Because of U



MONSTA X has dropped their six-track mini-album, 'The Clan Part. 1 Lost!' The EP includes their pre-release "Ex Girl" and the new title track "All In." This comeback, each of the boys had a hand in the lyrics and music. This is their 6th mini-album. The disc is part of a larger project, the first piece of a two-and-a-half album sequence.

The disc starts out with the sweet single "Ex-Girl," featuring Whee In of MAMAMOO. She's long been known as an awesome singer; her croons blend with the boys perfectly. "All In," the title track, is a trap song with big-noise synths and some great emotional rapping. With a pounding beat that grabbed me, it really gives you a sense of the guy who's willing to go the distance for his love.



The ear-catching track to me is "That's A Foul," with crunchy guitar goodness and justified rage during the rap segments. There's no song that says 'she's a cheater' better than this one. Also of particular note is the banger "Obsess Only About Me," fun, fierce and extremely danceable. The odd duck here is "Because of U," a quieter R&B tune with Prince-style falsetto. It's not a bad song, but I thought it didn't fit well with the overall tone and sound of the album.

The timing of this release is fitting, since it's their one year anniversary. And what a bash! This is really their best album so far IMHO. It's got the EDM and hip-hop that I crave so much, and it just sounds great. The juxtaposition of softer vocals and edgy rap mix well here, and create some fire jams. This album is not likely to get 'lost' on my playlist.

MV REVIEW


The highlight of this MV is the dystopian future. Far from being consumed by nuclear flames from its nearest neighbor, South Korea has instead become an oppressive police state. The boys are part of the resistance, leaving their symbol -- a blue flower -- on the bodies of fallen comrades and in the lapels of heavily-outfitted cops. This is a look at a future that should not be.

There were some powerful shots in here, including a brother-in-arms brutalized and tortured (we only see the aftermath), his spirit possibly broken. The opening has some kind of odd lowing and air raid sirens, as a dead comrade is honored before his friend dodges into a bunker. There was a part where their faces were painted and they were seemingly intoxicated, mirroring the peyote scene from 'Young Guns.'



This MV is part of a series, obviously part 1. "All In" was nothing if not dynamic. Fast-moving and sometimes confusing, this was an awesome look through a metaphorical dark lens. This promises to be a pulse-pounding story if this music video is any indication. I can't wait for part 2.

Score


MV Relevance..........9
MV Production.........9
MV Concept.............9
Album Production...9
Album Concept........9
Tracklisting..............9


OVERALL...............9.0


SEE ALSO: MONSTA X go from suave to guys next door in group teaser for their new show, 'MONSTA X-RAY'!

 

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kpopfashionista Thursday, June 2, 2016

their comeback is amazing, monsta x is starting to grow on me. Favorite songs are All In, Because of U & Sweetheart. Overall 10/10

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Exo_Leia Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Yesss this comeback was amazing, definitely made me want to get to know Monsta X

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CandyToo Wednesday, June 1, 2016

i loveeee all songs here <3 especially white sugar

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ToriVic Wednesday, June 1, 2016

you did the right thing there. including wheein on the track

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WONNORA1080 Wednesday, June 1, 2016

APRES 100 ANS VOUS FAITE LA PROMOTION

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jd_nhice Wednesday, June 1, 2016

All in is addicting!! i always like their title track...... but i must say ALL IN is ma fave out of all Monsta X song i heard............. <3

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gacilas Tuesday, May 31, 2016

6th mini album? What album did i miss?

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exoKexoM_23 gacilas Tuesday, May 31, 2016

lol probably a mistake. They've only had 3 so far.

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gacilas exoKexoM_23 Tuesday, May 31, 2016

At first i thought that it includes mixtapes, No Mercy album and OSTs. But yeah, it clearly a miatake.

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nami_chan Tuesday, May 31, 2016

I listened the album and it's really good 100% recommended and I'm not being biased ok? I'm once xD. These guys deserve more recognition =).

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sheepishly Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Just.... 9? Not a bad score, but when Aoa's Good Luck comes in with a 8.5, it kinda makes you wonder what these people's criteria for good is. Not saying Good Luck is trash, but one release is hands down a little more in depth than just "being sexy".

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cococcchanel Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Uhm, isn't the track list a little off here? Shouldn't Stuck/Obsess Only With Me the third track and That's a Foul the fifth? And there's no mention of the fourth track, Sweetheart/White Sugar. Anyways, fantastic album! I can't get over All In and Obsess Only With Me 💗

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