Henry has lived rather patiently under the shadow of basically everyone else at SM Entertainment. So, you can’t help but root for him, especially now that he’s done something out of the box. He bucks tradition in releasing the MVs for a beautiful single called “Monster” only in English and Chinese, but not in Korean. Henry, is Chinese-Canadian.
Although, there is a Korean audio version, however Henry’s courage and possibly defiance extends beyond just quasi shunning the Korean language, but also in calling his single “Monster. By doing so, he is practically taunting Exo and their fans. Because, Exo, who are not just his labelmates but also the darlings of his agency, also have a single called “Monster,” and it’s one of their biggest release to date. That takes courage.
Henry is reported to have written his “Monster” single. On the other hand, Exo did not write their single of the same name. It was written by Chikk. So, Henry likely excercised his artistic license to name his song as he pleased.
Whether Chinese or English, both versions of Henry’s Monster are equally appealing in their individually rich texture. And, the descriptive melodic context of the song, which is entirely acoustic, provides a wealth of flavor to savor in each language.
However, “Monster” didn’t have to be one speed, so to speak, and so stripped bare of instrumentals. The second verse almost begged for just a slight addition of drums and bass. But, again, Henry’s passionately expressive but soft vocals successfully makes the case for eraseing any additional embellishments.
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