[Review] Puzzle – Monsta X

Monsta X just wrapped up their promotions for Jealousy and is preparing for their upcoming world tour. However, in the midst of their Korean promotions, Monsta X dropped their next single and first album since their debut in Japan. The title of this new song is Puzzle, while the album has been named Piece. Their most recent comeback in Japan was Spotlight, which was released earlier in the year.

Contrary to the majority of their Korean releases and Spotlight, Puzzle is a much more colourful and bright song. While the song doesn’t feel Monsta-X-like, they do a pretty good job at bringing some of their well-known intensity to the table in this song. The song starts off with this autotuned whispering effect which is extremely repetitive but downright ear-catching. It actually turned out to be quite addictive. It then turns to Jooheon’s rapping, which does sound really awesome here. From then on, the rest of the song is a blur. I just can’t get into it and the rest of the song ends up being forgettable. The most memorable part was the bouncy chorus but that doesn’t say much. The rest of the vocals and the rapping was nice but they are pulling me back into the song. That is just what I feel personally about it and despite many replays after, the same events occur.

Similar to their song, the music video takes a different turn. In many ways, it has that Summer-time feel that Newton had channelling throughout it. So there isn’t anything special about it. Just a bunch of guys having fun in front of a camera. There is not really much that could go wrong here. However, the entire video feels a lot plainer in comparison to the said Korean counterpart. The paler colour palette just doesn’t do it for me. Maybe something more colourful (or brighter to say the least) could have given more energy to the video.

As far as I could tell, there is no performance for this comeback.

Song – 6/10
Music Video – 5/10
Overall Rating – 5.6/10

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