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K-Pop Korner: SHINee's Back

A teaser photo released before the "Don't Call Me" music video came out. (Photo Used Under the Fair Use Provision of the US Copyright Code)

By Zoe Nix--Eagle Staff Writer

SHINee’s back, baby!

One of my favorite K-Pop groups had a comeback on Feb. 22, and it was long awaited.

Three out of four of SHINee’s members were in the military for the past three years, which means three years of radio silence from the group as a whole. Youngest member Taemin, however, released three solo albums and continued promoting while the others were away.

SHINee debuted as five members in 2008 under SM Entertainment with the song “Replay” which was a slower love song about the guys following after a girl. Twelve years of success later, the group is still together and still pumping out bangers.

The title track of SHINee’s new album is “Don’t Call Me”. It features bass along with strong vocals and smooth rap. The song’s music video showcases the group’s bright visuals and dance skills, along with some very odd fashion choices, including Key’s “chicken” hat. For live performances, the group has performed on several music shows as of the release of this review. The song is about a lover who calls far too often for the person’s liking and tells them firmly, “don’t call me” and “you say next time, but not in your life”.

“Heart Attack” is the follow up track which is more of a medium paced song, not too quick yet not too slow. It’s got an older vibe that I really enjoy and a rhythm that’s really addicting. One of my favorite parts of SHINee songs is the chorus where they all sing together in beautiful harmony, and this is a perfect example of that.

SHINee before going on stage to showcase "Marry You". (Photo Used Under the Fair Use Provision of the US Copyright Code)

When teasing the release of their album, SHINee showcased the next track “Marry You” in a live performance. The song talks about how much the person loves their partner and wishes to marry them. It’s got more of a jazzy, slower paced feel to it. It’s perfect for those moments when you want a good love song that isn’t too loud, yet still catchy and a bop.

CØDE” opens with a quick paced rap that is pleasing to the ears and then introduces the lovely vocals that SHINee possesses. This song is louder and quicker than the two songs that it follows. It’s a total head bop, and it has older SHINee vibes to it.

“I Really Want You” is just as the name suggests, another love song. This song features electric bass throughout and brass during the chorus. It’s a quicker pace and is really catchy, which is something SHINee is famous for. In fact, when releasing songs “Ring Ding Dong” in 2009 and “Lucifer” in 2010, students were advised to not listen to those songs before exams as many were failing due to the songs’ catchiness.

SHINee as five during "Ring Ding Dong" promotions. (Photo Used Under the Fair Use Provision of the US Copyright Code)

If you ever want a slower song with some electric guitar in it and soft singing, “Kiss Kiss” would be right for you. I think my favorite part of the song is after they say kiss kiss in the chorus there’s this little kiss sound effect. It never fails to make me laugh a little bit.

When I was in elementary school and part of middle school, I played the steel drums, and they really brought out that tropical feel. “Body Rhythm” gives off that same feeling. The song features steel drums and use of rhythm in the chorus that screams of being in the Caribbean. This is probably one of my favorite tracks on the album, as I’m a sucker for cool use of notes and rhythm in such a catchy way.

We go back to slower pacing with “Attention”. The song has more of that soft sung chorus that’s just like ASMR. Whistling is heard throughout the song and the group sings along with it quite often.

We finish off the album with the slow song “Kind”, which I believe is a tribute to fans all over the world who have loved them to the end and through hard times. SHINee was once five members: Onew, Jonghyun, Key, Minho, and Taemin. In 2017, Jonghyun was pronounced dead at the hospital after committing suicide. The group, and fans, known as Shawols, have never forgotten him and continue to remember him in ways such as this.

In my honest opinion, SHINee never fails to make every song they release a bop, and this album is another perfect example of that. There are a few things that I wish were different, however. Since “Don’t Call Me” was such a loud song, I was expecting at least one or two tracks that followed pacing and vibe, but no such luck. Besides that, I don’t really have any more to say in that regard.

“Don’t Call Me” is such a good song, and the rest of the album is just as beautiful. I totally recommend giving it a listen if you’re interested in trying new music. You can find the album on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube, or other places where you can find music.

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