MONSTA X Makes Brilliant Comeback with ‘Beautiful’ (+Album Review)

MONSTA X has delivered a brilliant album and MV to us for their comeback!

The MV features stunning, visually striking scenes and elegant choreography fitting for the title “Beautiful.” They truly serve us a beautiful piece, with a masterful blend of music and story that leave us with lingering questions and a desire for more.

The group just released their first studio-length album, “The Clan 2.5 Beautiful,” which consists of 10 tracks, many of which were created by the members themselves. As per usual, they weave their individual flairs into the composition of the album, creating a memorable and well-balanced masterpiece.

Here’s a review of each of the album’s 10 tracks! (This may or may be coming from a hardcore Monbebe. You can be the judge of that!)

  1. Ready or Not
    This is the epitome of what I expect to hear from MONSTA X. It captivated me as soon as I heard the album highlight, and as expected, it doesn’t disappoint! It’s powerful, invigorating, and makes you feel motivated to tackle any obstacles you encounter. It’s nice to see ESBEE and STEREO14 in the credits for the song, as they’ve created many of MONSTA X‘s greatest songs.
  2. Beautiful (*TITLE)
    “Beautiful” is a masterpiece from its opening to its grand finish. It has an opening that pops (literally) and draws you into a powerful rap verse from Jooheon, followed by I.M. This song has MONSTA X‘s signature synth sound, blended with emotional vocals and unique music elements. Another great note is that Hyungwon received more lines this time around, enriching the overall dynamic of the track and making it memorable.
  3. Incomparable
    Of all the songs on the album, “Incomparable” is one of my least favorites–but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its share of greatness. Those great parts include more lines for Minhyuk and the rap portion towards the end.
  4. Need U
    “Need U” is just one of those songs that stick in your head the minute you listen to it. It’s sweet and bound to boost both your self esteem and lighten your mood. It’s a song you can imagine them singing on a small stage in a cafe or fanmeeting, one that has a personal and affectionate feeling to it. I’m a big fan of this song and would love to see more of this from the group in the future!
  5. OI
    I’m in love with this song. It’s a great blend of vocals and rap, creating an energizing and memorable dance track. When discussing this song, we can’t forget to mention I.M‘s rap, because it’s amazing. Can we talk also talk about the beat of this song? It’s absolutely addicting, especially when it comes to the repetitive chorus, “OI OI OI OI OI.” This track definitely tops in my list of favorites from this album.
  6. Miss You
    “Miss You” is an R&B track with beautiful vocals and a memorable chorus. What’s extraordinary about this song are the impressive background vocals, which enhance the airiness of the overall track. Although it’s not my favorite song, it’s definitely a soothing listen and appeals to those who prefer slower song.
  7. Calm Down
    Anybody can get lit to this song. It’s a perfect party song, with a heavy bass and epic buildup to the chorus, which is both catchy and hard-hitting. Even though the title is “Calm Down,” the song is way too exciting to be calm about. Jooheon‘s rap following the first chorus is bound to blow your mind (in a great way). The strong rap reminds me of “Stuck” from “The Clan Part.1 LOST.”
  8. All I Do
    This is my least favorite track in the album, but it provides a refreshing twist to the usual music style MONSTA X has. It’s a groovy, smooth song with its climax at a rap sequence between Jooheon and I.M. Despite its smooth progression, it doesn’t leave a lasting impression on me like the other songs do.
  9. 5:14 (Last Page)
    Although I’m not the biggest fan of the transition of the opening to the vocals, it provides a unique twist to the linear progression of the previous tracks. This song is sweet and soothing, the perfect way to conclude the otherwise fast-paced album. This song grows on you the more you listen to it, and every time you listen to it, you feel like you’re hearing it again for the first time.
  10. I’ll Be There
    I was thrilled to have more of Wonho‘s work included in the album, and “I’ll Be There” doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. It’s a sweet and touching song, with vocals that are guaranteed to make you melt! The music gives the vibe of innocence and lightheartedness, the gentle vocals only adding to its soothing effect.

Overall, “The Clan 2.5 Beautiful” was exactly what I wanted–and more. It’s a reflection of the group’s flexibility with various music styles, while also showcasing a consistency in their individual music style.

Feel free to share your thoughts with us on the comeback in the comments!

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