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!

CNBLUE Returns with Energetic ‘Between Us’ MV

CNBLUE is back with yet another masterpiece!

They just released the official MV for “Between Us,” the title song of their newest album, “7°CN.”

Not only is the track energizing, but it’s a breath of fresh air, showing a new and refreshing side of CNBLUE as performers.

They definitely served us something we can put on repeat for the next couple of weeks!

Check out “Between Us” below! How do you like the song? What do you think about the simple MV?

Get Ready for PRISTIN’s Debut With Their MV Teasers

A unique girl group has caught the attention of Sweet Sweet Kpop—PRISTIN! After showing much promise through their individual teasers, the girls are definitely a group to watch out for. Most notably, their hands-on take with different concepts for each member is one that will have everyone picking a favorite.

The ten-member girl group is set to debut on March 21st with their title track “Wee Woo”. Check out the teasers for the music video below!

GOT7 Breaks Their Own Records

Following the release of “Never Ever”, views soared high for GOT7 on their new music video. In fact, within the first 5 hours, the music video surpassed 1 million views! Even right after, the views quickly climbed to almost 1.3 million views.

This has led GOT7 to breaking their own record for their music videos—the last comeback, “Hard Carry” reached 1 million views in 9 hours while “Never Ever” reached 1 million views in just 5 hours. The accomplishment means that “Never Ever” had the fastest time to rise to such a high amount of views!

Furthermore, album sales are different than before. GOT7‘s highest first-day album sales were from Flight Log: Turbulence, with an amount of 20,000 albums sold on the first day. However, within the first 2 hours of Flight Log: Arrival‘s release, 30,000 albums were immediately sold—and 4-5 hours after the release, the amount grew to 35,567 albums!

Indeed, GOT7 are breaking their own records and creating new milestones for themselves.

GOT7 Gets Fierce in “Never Ever” MV 

These long weeks for ahgases (IGOT7s) have led to the final release for GOT7‘s trilogy, Flight Log. At 12:30 PM on March 13th (KST), GOT7 dropped their highly anticipated new music video for “Never Ever”!

In the music video, each member has more solo scenes unlike before. Each scene allows the member to portray their side of the story on GOT7‘s Jinyoung—the isolation from the members, and wanting to be saved from time to time. The intensity brings back some of the vehemence felt from their “If You Do” era; however, instead they choose to “never ever let you go“.

The colors of the music video tune in just in time for the spring, exhibiting an attractive aesthetic that’s appealing to the eye.

Jinyoung can be seen enclosed in a glass cage surrounded by plants throughout the video, perhaps held back by overwhelming feelings and thoughts. Furthermore, a blue-ish green bird is also found in the beginning of the video, surrounded by plants as well. Thus the bird may be a representation of the member who seeks to escape and be saved.

Constantly throughout the music video, Jinyoung or the members are somehow around each other, but not aware of it. This could indicate them watching over each other, especially during times of trouble.

Beforehand, GOT7 eagerly braced themselves for the release of “Never Ever” with a countdown on V Live. Although Jackson was absent during the countdown, the members kept on with full strength for the missing member.

GOT7 praying

 

The song “Never Ever” charted at #2 on Genie and Mnet, and #3 on Bugs. The excitement for GOT7 has been felt all around the world with #GOT7_NeverEver_정오공개 trending #1 Worldwide, including top trending in 9 countries.

GOT7 Drops Astonishing “Never Ever” MV Teaser and Photos

After checking out BamBam‘s set of teasers from yesterday, another set was released today—this time for the whole group!

In one photo, GOT7 poses for a group shot, wearing stylish clothing. In the other photo, the members are seen walking on the earth in casual attire, set in a warm environment. However, in this photo, Jinyoung is noted to be walking a different direction than the other members, signifying that he’s taking a different path than them. This observation has led to proving some theories right—that there is something that keeps Jinyoung from sharing the same path as GOT7. Take a look at the teaser images!

In addition, the music video teaser for “Never Ever” was also released! The intensified environment includes each member in their own scenes, different from each other. Furthermore, the members appear to have stronger gazes and have a more mature aura than before, making fans go crazy with their cool image!

Anticipate their cool comeback for its release on March 13th!

B.A.P Says ‘Wake Me Up’ in Comeback MV

B.A.P is back with a meaningful new MV for “Wake Me Up.”

Not only the lyrics of the song, but the storyline in the MV itself address various issues within society, sending a subtle message to its viewers.

The MV features a diverse cast, along with stunning and emotional shots of the group members.

“Wake Me Up” is the title song of B.A.P‘s 6th album, “ROSE.”

What message do you think B.A.P is trying to convey?