Monsta X has delivered on their promise and dropped their new album Take.2 We Are Here today (Feb. 18) via Starship Entertainment. The hotly-anticipated album arrived simultaneously with the new music video for the record's lead single, “Alligator,” as well as a sizzling Steve Aoki collab track, “Play It Cool (Korean Version).”
The globally-adored K-pop group dropped the album to a massive successful response from their MONBEBE fanbase. It shot straight to the top of the U.S. Pop iTunes chart and currently rests in the Top 5, at No. 4, just beneath Avril Lavigne’s latest effort Head Above Water.
Take.2 We Are Here is a follow up to Monsta X’s 2018 album Take.1 Are You There?. It features 10 tracks, including the Aoki collab, which reflects the strong dance vibe of the album. “Alligator” is another dance-ready track which contemplates the kind of intense attraction one feels for another which is like the inescapable grip of an alligator – as the chorus lyrics suggest, “When I’ve made up my mind/I’ll never let go.”
Members of the South Korean pop group were largely involved in the new album’s writing process. Per a press statement announcing the album’s release, I.M. and Jooheon co-wrote Korean lyrics for eight out of the album’s 10 tracks, including “Alligator,” “Ghost,” “No Reason” and more.
Monsta X is comprised of Wonho, I.M., Minhyuk, Shownu, Jooheon, Kihyun, and Hyungwon. I.M. narrates the intro to the album which kicks off with the haunting sound of a ticking clock. He says, “Today is the same as yesterday. World is like a heavy downpour, and I stand alone. Even surrounded by fears, my clock is always bouncing like a heartbeat. I can feel you even when you are far away. You are not alone. We are always together.”
Monsta X had an amazing year in 2018, with their EP, The Connect: Dejavu, reaching No. 2 on Billboard’s World Albums Chart and a successful U.S. tour. Furthermore, Take.1: Are You There? dropped last October, debuting at No. 7 on the World Albums Chart. The group also made history as the first K-pop group to ever headline iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball tour.
The Monsta X boys also won big in their native country, taking home two trophies at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in 2018. Their large and loyal MONBEBE fanbase has eagerly awaited Take.2 We Are Here’s arrival since the group announced the record's release date about three weeks ago.
Take.2 We Are Here is currently available for purchase and streaming cross multiple digital platforms. Watch the Monsta X “Alligator” music video above and listen to the album in the Spotify tracklist embedded below.