MONSTA X – NEWTON
On the heels of their world tour, MONSTA X have dropped their new special summer song "Newton!" The jacket shots show the boys definitely enjoying the sun.
The first thing you notice is that it's very upbeat. There's no concept album flourishes or dark sounds -- it is simply what you hear. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.
The boys' smooth vocals contribute to a refreshing sound. The chorus is completely uplifting. It's also a much softer sound for MONSTA X, largely abandoning their hip hop stylings and the edginess that characterized the Clan series. Also, some of their traditional EDM elements are downplayed or entirely replaced by more natural sounding instruments. And that's entirely appropriate for this summer anthem. The song itself talks about stars and attraction and how that relates to love and attraction, making me think the title "Newton" has to do with the late astronomer and physicist Isaac Newton. Which just makes it that much cooler.
One of the things I like about "Newton" is that it shows off the boys' range. With the first few bars, we hear a completely different side of the band from hip hop songs like "Trespass" or the harder-edged EDM style "All In." It's nice when a band throws you a few well-crafted surprises, and that's happened here. "Newton" is definitely one for your summer playlist.
Follow MONSTA X as they hit the road in "Newton."
The boys head to a campground, apparently near the water, as they get to pilot jet skis, motorboats, and even go flyboarding and wakeboarding. Some of them play ball, others are reading, and still, others are setting up a dance party. There are some classic bromance moments in here as the MONSTA X members horse around.
It's definitely a summer vacation style MV, as they take a road trip to a vacation spot. And they enjoy themselves. At least, they seem to be all smiles as the camera pans over to them. And all the grins are contagious as you watch them having fun. They finally end up around a campfire, still jovial as the stars come out.
It's well-filmed, and the mix of close-ups and wide angle shots give you a bug's eye view of the action. Everything is sharp and easy to see. Combine this with a kickin' song and you've got a good MV.
So there are no complex themes that need examining, just fun in the sun. It is what it is, and that something is enjoyable. I definitely want to try flyboarding -- it looks like a riot! I love camping, so camping MVs hit that sweet spot for me.
MV SCORE: 8.7
SONG SCORE: 8.3