ALBUM REVIEW: MONSTA X rapper I.M delves into sensuality, love & loss in his first solo album Duality

ALBUM REVIEW: MONSTA X rapper I.M delves into sensuality, love & loss in his first solo album Duality


MONSTA X’s rapper IM’s first solo album is finally out and it is everything we imagined it would be, and more!

ALBUM REVIEW: MONSTA X rapper I.M delves into sensuality, love & loss in his first solo album Duality


MONSTA X“s rapper I.M has officially dropped his first solo album ‘Duality‘ and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this album is the perfect culmination of I.M’s artistic capabilities as well as a flawless representation of his musical style and to an extent, his own personality. It is clear that I.M has put out his soul into this album and it shows. The album is composed of 5 uniquely different songs which are held together by a coherent and characteristic sound. The songs are generously bilingual with lyrics in English and Korean, both masterfully written. 

God Damn‘ is a slow burn but picks up pace right from the first beat drop. The flow of the song follows the narrative it is trying to present, from the clumsiness of being love-drunk and quite physically drunk at the same time to the pain of keeping feelings at bay. A similar sound is carried over to ‘Howlin’‘ where a trap EDM beat backs I.M’s vocals. The use of autotune is ample but it is placed carefully so as to add to the ambiance of the song rather than take away from it.  While ‘Howlin’ is entirely in English, ‘Burn‘, the next track, is mostly in Korean. Once again, this feels like a continuation of the previous song while also being distinct enough to separate the two. The past seems to be a consistent theme for I.M in at least the first half of the album. However, in the 4th track, ‘Happy To Die‘, I.M switches up to a more positive and “present” vibe and what better way to showcase that than stating openly that he’s happy enough to die in the moment. The same beat continues here as well, as if tracing a journey from where I.M was in the first song to where he is now. Finally, in the last song, ‘Flower-ed‘, I.M is a vocalist in the truest sense of the word. They’re slow and strained, echoing the underlying pain of the song. I.M is back to where he started after a fleeting moment of relief. He feels the pain of loss and it is reflected beautifully in his lyrics as well as his vocal style. There couldn’t have been a more beautiful conclusion to his album as one feels like they’ve come to the end of the road but it is, unfortunately, a dead end. It takes poetic faculty of a certain caliber to compose something like this and I.M has delivered to the fullest. 

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