Monsta X Delves into Obsession with The Extended family Pt. 1 LOSTWritten through Camiele On Would possibly 23, 2016After a little bit of wait following last year’s Rush EP, the lads of Monsta X go back alongsidesome other mini-album, the ominously titled The Clan, Pt. 1 LOST.
For all intents and purposes, Monsta X is new to me. Sure, I’d heard of them, even noticed one in their videos (the special rooftop functionality of “HERO”). Admittedly I know very little about Monsta X, yet aneat all timeskind of pegged them as some otherprobably the most brood of “hip-pop” teams out there, one of dozens that wear hip-hop like a idea to fake to stray from the “typical” idol groups (whatever that can mean nowadays, with such so much of purporting to be more difficult edged). However, I sought after to give them an opportunityto peer what, if anything, I may justremove from this team of beautiful boys.
With that during mind, the outlettune threw me for a piece of loop. “Ex Girl” is a candy song, even supposingthe topictopic is anything else but delightful—two aspects of the similar coin lamenting the loss of the other.
I knew that you’d turn clear of me
I know you’ll think I’m ridiculous
But I just wanna be with you for one day
I’m your ex-boy, can’t we turn things back?
Back to when we were happy?
I know, my ex-girl, when Igrew to become around and left
Why am I suffering with our memories?
Also sudden are the vocals here. Seeing Whee-in from Mamamoo lending her skills to “Ex Girl” says to me someone in Monsta X is sure of their vocal prowess. To head toe-to-toe no less than in narrative with a member of a collection with large vocals to spare, he’d better. In that department, at least, I don’t think I could’ve been disappointed. The variety and scope weren’t precisely taxing on any vocalist who’d give this mild track a shot.
And just as temporarily every bit I’m taken aback with the softer pop, I am getting what I roughly expected with whatever limited wisdom of the gang I had. “All In” usesthe average dubstep/EDM mashup that’s turn out to becommon in K-pop in the outdated couple of years. That being said, I will appreciate the melodic cadence of the vocal and how it interacts with the music and how enthusiastic our protagonist is to give all or not anything for the problem of his affection (music video notwithstanding).
The album musically continues in that vein with the next track. “White Sugar” turns out more or less like an extension of the song preceding it, giving us a heavier slice of EDM, with a slight pace modulation. Even lyrically, the song is decided on expressing our protagonist’s undying adoration of his love interest:
Don’t fly beyond me like the cushy jump wind
I wanna remain with you and love you
I’m softly melting at your scent
My hardened center is blossoming
If simplest your footsteps will come to me now
That’s how our spring will get started
However, the composition is nearly identical, doing practically nothing to distinguish it. In all probability that’s the point of the album in the end: paint a story with equivalent musical themes. However, that leaves LOST sort of swimming in its own overexaggerated beats, as thoughseeking toin point of factforcehouse the message “We move hard, even if we’re speaking just abouttopics of the heart.” Inevitably one just skips ahead, if for no other reason than to locateanything else to concentrate to. To begin with I didn’t even realize I used to bebeing attentive to a other song till I went back to determine why “All In” used to besee you later without introducing such a lot as a signature change.
With track “Focus on Me” we’re given more of the fluffiness we were presented to at the mini’s opening. It doesn’t lend a hand that this song is almost just like “Ex Girl,” save for some nuances and a fuller sound. However, at this point in the story, our protagonist’s fixation at thefeminine lead is in reality bordering on obsession. If declarations of undying love and how easiest her skin is were caution rounds in the air, “Focus on Me” is indubitably shots fired:
I totally fell for you
I can’t assistance but to get greedy
The more I glance at you, the greedier I get
I’m consideringthe entirety about you
I’m now not like this to other girls
My eyes are justmounted on you
I close my eyes but I see you
I’m not gonna hesitate anymore
He even is going on to inform her pointe-blank, “From today, I’m only captivated with you. But I’m not dangerous, so little one don’t worry.” Sure, buddy. You tell me you’re passionate about me, then observe information technology up with how un-dangerous you are? That’s reassuring. And oh-so romantic. Look, fellas. Word of advice, preventwanting so hard. As an alternative of spending your time stalking and lamenting your want for this woman, why not just ask her out for a cup of coffee? As a substituteof having pissy when she smiles at other guys as you take a seat there and watch, why not means her? Cease hiding at the back of that bush with your binoculars, Cyrano, and opt for it. (But if your love hobby is your cousin, you'velargercomplications than an unlucky penchant for obsession.)
From desiring the eye of a love interest to bemoaning her loss of attention, “This Cheating” dares to be fairlyalternative by giving us a piece of a quickervelocityall throughthe primary verse and chorus, then a breakdown for the rapper to polish laterthe 1st iteration of the chorus—which manifestly goes back to an identical dubstep that makes up part the album to this point. It does serve as the album’s maximum musically appealing song, the use of a mashup of alternative musical tropes. However, it does little to get a divorce the monotony. Neither does it do much to mood the provoking obsessiveness of our leading man.
“Because of U” adds some more lightness to the heavy-handed attempts at “swagger.” Not groundbreaking, but the smoothness of the track does at the leastarrange to do something none of the alternative songs on the album did: differentiate itself from what got here before. There’s a pleasant footling swing here, the falsetto vocals fitting neatly with the music, even the rap locating a positionto take a seatconveniently in the beauty of the track. Even a little flub-up on the closing go-round of the refrain (the lead vocalist seeming to overlookthe completeleisure preceding the chorus) adds charm to the track. The song finishing as hastily as it does is actually no accident. As the closing of this phase 1, it does force the listener to sort of lean into what comes next, as if expecting something that hasn’t came about yet. So at the very least the last note of the album is effective. How high-qualityit's miles as the cap to what preceded it's questionable.
And unfortunately given the tone of the songs preceding it, the sweetness of the lyrics sort of gets tainted, drowned in the slobbering jowls of a tender man’s obsession with a young lady. Which is a shame, as itactually is a sweet song.
My working out of Monsta X turned into that it falls beneath the umbrella of “dance” groups that appear to crop up by the fistfuls each and every few months. They’ve were given their charismatic “rapper” lead, their mandatory sweet-voiced crooner, and the needful beat-driven music that makes numerous room for the boys to take on choreography. They’re a neighborhoodsupposed for the degree more than the studio, insofar as they’re intent was to discover their fit in the dance organization niche and have a look at to outdo the other groups they have got to proportion the highlight with. Whilst there were moments that strayed from this norm, the ones moments were full ofsame old popular fare—nothing really exciting or maybe interesting.
So Monsta X sort of lands in the middle—same sort of fluffiness interspersed between the same type of hardcut beats. In my very humble opinion, the album is a less convincing offshoot of the Most Stunning Moment in Life series of their dance group peers. LOST really is like a muddled affair with music that’s not bad, per se, but it indeed doesn’t leave an impression.
Fans of the group will almost definitely find much to take faraway from this first in what seems to be a two-part series. And while the vocals when they do shine are commendable and the compositions are similar to everything else available in the marketwhen it comes to decent quality, that’s with reference to it. Everything here is solely on par, not really excelling in any specific area, just sort of stagnating in a spot that’s overpopulated with exactly the same thing.
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