- Muzik First
NEW ALBUM: MONSTA X | THE DREAMING
K-pop supergroup Monsta X have released their new English album titled "The Dreaming." The album features contributions from songwriters like David Stewart (BTS, Jonas Brothers), Teddy Geiger (Shawn Mendes, Lizzo), and John Ryan (Harry Styles, Maroon 5). Much has been said about K-pop borrowing liberally from American hip-hop culture, but on their second English-language album, "The Dreaming," K-pop group Monsta X pays homage to boy-band culture, with Nineties-style harmonies, slick choruses, and head-bopping beats that come together for an infectious and joyous 27 minutes. Recorded while COVID still kept much of the world on edge, "The Dreaming" is an ode to simpler times, with Shownu, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Jooheon, and I.M. belting out lyrics about falling in love as they plead on the disco-funk track “Better,” They’re even more direct on the acoustic-driven “Tied to Your Body,” which loops a groovy guitar riff over a syncopated chorus performed in near-perfect falsetto. “Everyday I’m a little more obsessed, I’m a little more attached, you know that you got me just a little more tied to your body,” they sing. While Monsta X’s first all-English album, 2020’s "All About Luv," drew heavily from dance pop and R&B, "The Dreaming" showcases the group’s versatility, mixing synth beats and EDM with indie pop, rock, and even traces of New Jack Swing. In conjunction with ‘The Dreaming”s release, the boyband have also released their debut feature film titled "Monsta X: The Dreaming," which had premiered first in South Korea on December 8, before the worldwide release on December 9 and 11.