Even in the middle of a global pandemic, Monsta X are reliably churning out new music. Their trilingual career is turning out to be one of modern K-pop’s most prolific. Seriously, hats off to their work ethic. Though to be fair, I’ll bet Wishing On The Same Sky was recorded some time ago. After all, the song features rapper Jooheon, who’s been on hiatus since January.
Though Monsta X are better known for their aggressive sound and strong image, their b-sides often reveal different sides to their music. Their ballads are particularly lovely, drawing upon a beautiful blend of voices that don’t always receive the spotlight they deserve. It’s gratifying, then, to hear a single take advantage of this skill. Wishing On The Same Sky is your typical sappy K-pop ballad performed in Japanese, but that’s no bad thing. Boy groups exist, in large part, on the back of this kind of material. Wispy production, swelling melodies and gentle percussion never go out of style. There’s something very timeless about a track like this.
Yet, Wishing On The Same Sky never elevates itself beyond the formula. Again, that’s totally fine. It just makes the track less memorable than it could have been. The instrumental’s driven by a pleasant, head-nodding beat that enlists guitar and piano for extra texture. I love the vocal blend during the chorus, which surges with the kind of lighters-in-the-air appeal that’s powered many a great pop song. Sky’s climax is particularly effective, as the vocal arrangement becomes more complex and rousing. If I had it my way, these final moments would grow even more dramatic and over-the-top. After all, if you’re going to tread down this path, you might as well go all out.
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