MONSTA X are finally back and ready to liven up the K-Pop scene with their "Beautiful" new song! Launching their first studio album and already taking over the charts, 'The Clan Part 2.5 The Final Chapter' is filled with sensational tracks that are daring in sound and style.
Their promotional track "Beautiful" lives up to the name as it incorporates a funky beat, echoing sounds and a blaring instrumental. Despite the rough and loud backtrack, MONSTA X's vocals stand out and carry the melody nicely, especially during the few changes in tempo.
The lyrics aren't anything new but surprisingly work well with this refreshing tune. The refrain's higher pitch is addictive as the boys say, "You're so beautiful, I can't take my eyes off of you," and "Just like a rose's thorn, I know I will get pricked but I still want you." The references to a woman's love being natural and strong like a flower is very empowering. Check out the MV below!
The MV is quite creative and entertaining to watch because of the intricate choreography. At first, it seemed to be emulating GOT7's "Never, Ever" in some minor ways, but once you look passed that you can appreciate the MV's originality. The dancing is well-thought out and has a variety of moves that leave you impressed. Visually, the boys look stunning, alluring and who can resist all the beautiful glitter in their hair and around their eyes? Certainly not me.
After being moved by their promo track, the rest of the 'The Clan Part 2.5 The Final Chapter' is no different. The album opens up with the heart-racing "Ready or Not."
The track already gets the party started as it opens up with a rough and quick-paced clapping alongside a high-pitched electronic styled instrumental. The song has a great refrain as the boys repeat "Are you ready or not?" alongside their addicting "Oh Oh Oh." Their rapping is well-suited for this kind of track.
After comes "Incomparable." Unfortunately, despite the fun and zany beat, this song isn't as interesting as the others. The song contains a lot of rises in tempo and a very energetic instrumental but their method of singing doesn't seem to flow or compliment the melody.
The album follows up with the fun and uplifting "I Need U" and it is definitely a redemption after "Incomparable." The song has that familiar R&B sound you can't help but bob your head along too.
The melody is more playful and charming with the snapping, whistling and delightful rapping alongside their smooth singing. It is easy to fall in love with "I Need U" on the first listen. Believe it or not, it even makes for an excellent dance track.
The boys continue to test the waters with their zany instrumentals in "Oi." The song is more fun and comes to life with their odd additions of background noises and carefree rapping style. Sadly, the song has a bridge that is more enjoyable than the bridge as it suddenly switches up styles and loses the flow from the start of the song.
After that, a more serious track comes along and changes the mood. "Miss You" is calming and more gentle on the ears with its simplistic melody and echoing instrumental. MONSTA X's vocals are impressive on this track as well as their rapping. The song doesn't seem scattered by the instrumental and marries nicely with the way the boys sing.
Once again, the party never ends because the boys bring back the energy with "Calm Down." Despite the cliche instrumental that was similar to their previous tracks, "Calm Down" is way more entertaining and impressive. The 1.5 increase in speed of the track is what really excites the listeners as MONSTA X play around with the melody as they tell you to "Stop - Calm Down, Let's stop, Calm Down." The track also has some drum line influences as well.
Like "I Need You," their song "All I Do" has a cheerful melody with great use of synthetic sounds and cooing-like vocals. If the easy-on-the-ears instrumental, that features a real smooth electric guitar riff, doesn't win you over then the addictive chorus will do the trick.
Finally, the highly anticipated ballad of the album arrives! "Last Page" is elegant and melts your heart like honey as the boys sing more gently and in a higher pitch. "Last Page" isn't as distracting or relying on an instrumental to become addictive as much as the other songs do. The song is still pretty upbeat for a ballad, making it a real earworm.
Lastly, the album closes with "I'll Be There." Another heartwarming ballad, yes, but it isn't as attention grabbing as "Last Page." However, this doesn't mean the chorus and singing aren't good. MONSTA X have angelic voices and it becomes obvious through the enchanting melody of "I'll Be There."
Overall, MONSTA X's first studio album 'The Clan Part 2.5 The Final Chapter' was a real great listen. The album offers variety and is a great playground for fans of electronic instrumentals. MONSTA X are able to demonstrate their vocal growth and capabilities over the years and delivered a well-executed album that has fans, and myself, anticipating what they will develop in the future!