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!

What’s in GOT7’s Flight Log: Arrival Album? 

JYPE followed up on the individual members’ teasers from the past couple days by releasing the album user guide for GOT7‘s Flight Log: Arrival album! Focused on a more earthy theme for this comeback compared to their previous albums, it deviates from the wind element in Departure and the water element in Turbulence.

The Flight Log: Arrival album will be available in two versions, the Never version and the Ever version. The complete package is expected to be the thickest album yet from the group.


Flight Log: Arrival albums sales for pre-order have already surpassed +38,000 albums from just Chinese IGOT7’s alone, and expect to continue rising. The album will be released on March 13th.

Pre-order the album through KPOPTOWN, KPOPMART, Synnara, or YES24.

Hyuna Releases 5th Mini Album “A’wesome” + MV for “How’s This?”

Hyuna is back with her 5th mini album and a new MV!

On the 1st of August, former 4Minute rapper, Hyuna, came back with her 5th mini album “A’wesome” and the music video for its title track “How’s This?“. For her first solo comeback since 4Minute‘s disbandment, Hyuna wanted to show off a new sexy concept, suitable for summer. Before releasing the full album and MV, she had teased us with two beautiful album images, which showed off both the sexy and cute side of Hyuna. If you missed the teaser pictures, you can check them out here and here.

Check out below a review of Hyuna‘s mini album “A’wesome” and the MV for “How’s This?“:


Hyuna – “A’wesome”

Hyuna‘s 5th mini album “A’wesome” is composed of six songs, including the title track “How This?” and two songs featuring Brand New‘s rapper Hanhae and rapper Isle Qim. Hyuna participated in the writting of all the songs on the album with the exception of the song “Freaky“.

Full tracklist:

  1. U & Me
  2. How’s This?
  3. Do It!
  4. Morning Glory (Feat. Isle Qim)
  5. Freaky
  6. Wolf (Feat. Hanhae)

Songs I Recommend:

  • U & Me – I loooooove this song! It is so addictive, the melody is really nice to the ear and Hyuna’s voice is amazing. It’s a dance song perfect for the summer or to throw a party! Easily the best track on the album in my opinion!
  • Wolf – Ok so… Right at the intro I knew I was going to love this song! Both Hyuna and Hanhae sing, rap and harmonizing perfectly. The melody isn’t as heavy as most of the songs on this album, it’s more of a R&B melody and it’s nice. Definitely a track you need to listen on this album!
  • Do It – I actually only recommend this song for the chorus. I didn’t really like the electro part, it was too much and overwhelming. A part from that, Hyuna’s rap was good and the chorus was for me the best part. It’s nice to listen to and it felt light although it has an heavy melody.

As for the title track “How’s This?“, I don’t think it was that great. There’s definitely much better songs on this album, because we barely hear Hyuna sing/rap. When she does, it’s to say 3 times the same line. I think her previous title track “Roll Deep” was and still is one of the best. Although I’m not a fan of the song, it’s a perfect song to put on at a party or a club. “Morning Glory” and “Freaky” are ok songs. I thought the songs didn’t really stand out compared to the other ones, “Morning Glory” was too monotone, while “Freaky” sounded a bit repetitive.

Note: 7/10

I give it a 7 because I only really liked half of the songs on this album. Although the other songs are not bad, as I said earlier Hyuna can do better and last year’s album is proof of it. Overall it’s not a bad album and it’s still worth listening and supporting our lovely Hyuna.

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Hyuna – “How’s This?”

The music video for “How’s This?” is a huge fun twerking party showcasing alcohol, booty, and sexual allusions. For this MV, Hyuna asked more than 100 professional dancers to star in it, her biggest scale MV so far. The song sounds like a club song, making you wanna dance and move your body. This explains why the MV is happening in a club~ We can also see Hyuna showing off sexy dance moves and ruling the party as the beautiful Queen she is~ The MV is worth watching although I’m not a huge fan of the song. I think she has done better in the past and that some of the songs on “A’wesome” are by far better.

Check out the MV for “How’s This?” below:


What do you think of Hyuna’s comeback? Which song is your favorite?

Rapper Microdot Releases Album “+64” + MV for “Wave” Feat. Ravi and Lil Boi!

Rapper Microdot is back with a new album and music video!

On the 18th of July, Korean rapper Microdot cameback for the first time after joining the label Culture Think with his first 8 track album. Entitled “+64“, which refers to New Zealand’s country number, the album features a lot of great artists you probably know. Plus, not only did Microdot released the album, but he also released the first music video, out of three, for the title track “Wave“.

Check out the full tracklist and songs including the MV for “+64” below:

  1. Aukland City [MV]
  2. Wave (Feat. VIXX’s Ravi and Lil Boi)[MV]
  3. Talkin Bout (Feat. Jessi)
  4. Forest Gump (Feat. Dok2)
  5. I’m Yours (Feat. Times x Two)
  6. Live Fast (Feat. Wise from Teriyaki Boyz)
  7. Hella Trill [MV]
  8. Still The Same
  9. Wave [Instrumental]

You can check out more information on the album here. For the moment, only the music video for the title track “Wave” has been released. According to the tracklist released previously, two other songs will include a music video to be released soon. A change might occur, as Microdot posted recently on his Instagram a picture with Jessi and the caption announcing the MV for “Talkin Bout” coming soon.

As for “Wave“, the song features the amazing rappers, VIXX‘s Ravi and GeeksLil Boi. The MV only stars Microdot and Lil Boi, possibly Ravi might have had a busy schedule with his group. This time Microdot and Lil Boi are going for a hard hitting MV, something quite new and unusual for them. It still sounds good and it’s worth the watch! So make sure to check it out and support them!

Check out the music video for “Wave“below:

What do you think of Microdot’s new album and music video?

Zhoumi Asks “What’s your number?” In New MV

Super Junior M’s Zhoumi, is back with a new MV! On July 18th he released his MV for the song What’s Your Number.


His album, also named What’s Your Number, will be available on July 19th. The album includes 5 songs:
01. What`s Your Number? (Title)
02. 이제는 없다 (Empty Room)
03. Half of Me (Chinese)
04. What`s Your Number? (Chinese Ver.)
05. 空房間 (Empty Room) (Chinese Ver.)

You should definitely give it a go! My personal favorite is Half Of Me.

One of the songs, Empty Room (Chinese Ver), has a MV! Watch it below!


Let’s review the MV and song!

MV
The first thought what popped in my head, was how alike this MV was to Jonghyun‘s, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The style in my opinion is really unique and creative. It seems that SM has found a new style!
The MV started with a plain office; It looked a bit like the set-up for Super Junior M’s Swing (but less yellow lol). What we see a lot in the MV, are shots of Zhoumi posing and dancing. That was quite disappointing because the directors could have played a bit more with a storyline to make it more interesting.
I’d rate it a 2/5

Song
What’s Your Number is an upbeat dance song. The song itself is great! It makes me want to dance in the living room! One thing that disturbes me a little bit, is how Zhoumi pronounces some Korean words. You can feel a tiny bit of awkwardness in the Korean version. The Chinese version is a little bit smoother, so it’s a bit easier to listen to in my opinion.
I’d rate it a 3.5/5

Rate it yourself! Listen and watch it below!

Don’t forget to buy the album on Itunes (coming soon) & Yesasia (Only available starting July 21st).


Bonus! Here are some teaser pictures of Zhoumi if you haven’t seen them!

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FTISLAND Releases 6th Album “Where’s The Truth” + Drops MV for “Take Me Now”!

FTISLAND is back!!

On the 18th of July 2016 KST, legendary rock group, FTISLAND, made their comeback with their 6th album “Where’s The Truth” and dropped the music video for its title track “Take Me Now“.

Check out a quick comeback review of FTISLAND’s 6th album “Where’a The Truth” and its title track MV “Take Me Now” below. Make sure to support them!


FTISLAND – “Where’s The Truth”

Where’s The Truth” is FTISLAND‘s 6th album and is the first release for the group after more than a year since their last album “I Will” was released. The album is composed of nine tracks, including the title track “Take Me Now“, the tracks were all written and mostly composed by the members. They’re all so talented *.*

Check out the full tracklist below:

  1. Out of Love
  2. Take Me Now
  3. Lose
  4. Mask
  5. Becoming You
  6. Stand By Me
  7. Paparazzi
  8. Wonderful Life
  9. We Are…

The songs honestly all sound amazing and you really need to check out this album! To have a taste of it, you can check out the highlight medley of the full album here.


FTISLAND – “Take Me Now” MV

The MV starts off with close ups of the boys and a little girl with background music that sounds very dramatic. The warm background color and fire add even more drama to the scenes. The music starts and you can see the boys are very into the music as they start playing their respective instruments and Hongki starts singing. After that the MV flips between the little girl walking and the boys playing their instruments. Even though all this sounds super basic, the MV production team actually did a great job with all the colors and lights to make the music video look dramatic. The song is also great, if you like hard rock you will love this song. Plus, the little parts where Hongki sings while the instruments are not loud are golden! I’m not disappointed by FTISLAND‘s comeback and think this is a must watch/listen!!

Check out the music video for “Take Me Now” below:


What do you think of FTISLAND’s comeback? How about their music video? Make sure to support them!

Jay Park & Ugly Duck – “Scene Stealers” + “Ain’t No Party Like An AOMG Party” MV Review

AOMG‘s Jay Park and Ugly Duck collaboration EP and MV are finally out!

On the 13th of July 2016 at 0AM KST, AOMG‘s CEO Jay Park and rapper Ugly Duck released their collaboration EP “Scene Stealers“. One word for it: “A-M-A-Z-I-N-G”!.

Check out below a quick review about the whole EP and the music video for its title track “Ain’t No Party Like an AOMG Party“.


Jay Park & Ugly Duck – “Scene Stealers”

The EP “Scene Stealers” is composed of six tracks, including the title track “Ain’t No Party Like An AOMG Party“, it’s non explicit version and a remix of SMTM5 ‘s team Simon Dominic and Gray song “Who You“.

Full tracklist + quick review of the songs:

  • Put’Em Up
    • Even though the title is “Put’Em Up”, I wasn’t expecting something that slaying this hard. I was really surprised (in a good way) when Jay started rapping. This song is definitely one of my favorites and the chorus is really catchy.
  • Ain’t No Party Like An AOMG Party (Explicit)
    • I really enjoy listening to the five seconds of the melody before you hear Jay start rapping. BUT!! Even though the melody changes it’s ok because it’s a good change. It’s even more lit and the “chorus” melody will make you want to start dancing like crazy. Just like the previous one, this song goes hard and oh boy!!! Ugly Duck killed it!!
  • PLP (Feat. Far East Movement)
    • This song is my least favorit, although it’s still not bad. Aaah not everything can be perfect, right? I guess it’s just not my style. I didn’t really like the melody, I thought it was too “loud”. I also didn’t really like the way everyone rapped.
  • Nowhere
    • OMG one of my favorite songs! There’s nothing special about it, but I loved it! During Jay’s verse, he mentions Tablo and Epik High, which Tablo thanked him for on Twitter. This whole song, from the melody to the rap and the chorus… is awesome! If you had one other song to listen to after the title track, this would be it!
  • Who You (Remix)(Feat. Loco, Day Day and Simon Dominic)
    • Ahah when I first listened to this song I was expecting One to rap right after Simon Dominic‘s voice (too used to the SMTM5 version) buuut no! It’s Loco! Still good though, he literally killed it, as always! Next up is Day Day and whouaa…. He should sign under AOMG!! Another great rapper! I think when it came to Jay he used his part in the remix he released a few days ago. The song was finished by Ugly Duck and everyone… Please support him! He is not recognized enough, but he is really talented!
  • Ain’t No Party Like An AOMG Party (Non Explicit)
    • Same as the title track just not an explicit version 😉

All of the songs have heavy beats and go hard. As expected from AOMG, this EP is lit and will damage your replay button! Please support it!


Jay Park & Ugly Duck – “Ain’t No Party Like An AOMG Party” MV

We were talking about how the song was lit, right? Yeah…well the music video is too!! It has a lot of dance breaks where we can see Jay Park‘s amazing dance skills. I love the places they chose to film the MV, especially the circus scenes, they are dark and moody, but I feel like they fit well with the song. The body painting you can see at around 40 seconds and later remind me of Jay Park‘s “New Breed” album cover. There are really well done and they glow in the dark. I’m just gonna mention quickly that Ugly Duck’s part was one of the best! He did so well and I can’t wait for more from him! To make the MV even more fun while you’re watching it, you should turn on the English CC! Be ready to laugh!

Check out the music video for “Ain’t No Party Like An AOMG Party” below:

What do you think the EP “Scene Stealers”? What about its title track and MV?