“They say hindsight's 20/20, Maybe I'll, maybe I'll see you one day, One day, one day, I will, Yeah, I wish I could've made you love me, Maybe I, maybe I feel it one day,” sing Monsta X on their latest English single, One Day. It’s a bittersweet, albeit beautiful track on lost love and the introspection that occurs once a final break is made. It hits especially when they, together, sing, “Maybe hindsight’s 20’20...” It’s one of the reasons why we love Monsta X — us, and their global fanbase, Monbebe. Their lyrics always cut straight to the heart of the matter.
Each member — Shownu, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Joohoney and I.M — have been styled with a more brooding, monotone palette with minimal makeup, in the video, as they walk through rooms of an abandoned mansion, thinking about days past. Broken glassware suspended in the air, flickering televisions, scattered rose petals, facades of clocks surround each person — reminding them of moments they’re in the process of understanding, and letting go of. There’s no extensive choreography here and it isn’t needed, because the hero — the song — shines through. Seeing Shownu, who enlisted in the army earlier this year, singing the aforementioned lyrics, “Maybe I'll, maybe I'll see you one day, One day, one day, I will...” feels poignant and heartfelt.
Monsta X have been exceedingly busy. I.M dropped his solid solo mini-album, Duality, earlier this year. Their Japanese record Flavors Of Love and Korean E.P One Of A Kind, arrived in May and June respectively. July brought us a single, Kiss or Death. Every offering has been pure quality, both visually and sonically. Gambler, off One Of A Kind, for instance, was produced by Joohoney and has been on our playlists on repeat — it’s one of the strongest title tracks we’ve heard in years. The video had the six men suited up, paying homage to heist tropes and the character of James Bond. Beautifully produced, as was Kiss Or Death — a video we’d like to call “train-noir”. Petition to have Monsta X in suits and tuxedos all the time — no one wears them better. (Props to their stylist for the accessories — the brooches, lapel pins and chains, and corset belts are next level.)
But that was 2021, alone. 2020 was a whole different ball game. The band released All About Luv, their first English-language album, on February 14. It hit number five on the U.S Billboard 200, which isn’t surprising in the least given that it was filled with complete gems. Fantasia X, an EP, and another album, Fatal Love followed, through the year. Essentially, Monsta X have been going from strength to strength and One Day is just another reminder of their artistry, their talent and their strength as a team — all occurring in a trilingual manner — Korean, Japanese and now English, again. We can’t wait to see what the rest of 2021 has in store.
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