EXO, now composed of ten members, came back with a stunningly made album “EXODUS”, showcasing each of the members’ improved skills in singing and rapping. It only goes to show that their group is totally moving forward to what happened in their last comeback. We welcome the new and improved faces of the group.
Stronger and Sexier. These are the two things that I saw in this album. More hip thrusts, flirtatious lines that will surely make the fangirls faint. From school boys who transformed into wolves, to sexy men in a cool sports car, let’s see and dig deeper to what has improved on each of the tracks on this album.
Let’s get right to it, shall we? Continue reading
SM is opening 2015 with a delightful suprise!
Today, SHINee’s Jonghyun has announced his solo debut through a music video teaser and image teaser on SMTown’s website and official YouTube Channel.
Witihin a mysterious tagline: “There are reasons to be attracted to Danger” Jonghyun will be releasing his solo mini album on January 12th entitled “BASE”. So make sure to watch out for more teasers!
I was tasked (I volunteered, actually) to make an album review for SM the Ballad’s “BREATH”. I got very excited and today, I am much honored to be the second ‘guest author’ in this blog (Yes, I am a guest author). So, I will save the introduction for later :)) .
So, last February 13, 2014, SM Entertainment released the most awaited album, entitled “BREATH”. With the gathering of the new line- up of artists to sing for the album, it surely is interesting to see another concept that defies love in an instance. It consists of 10 tracks, including three versions (Korean, Japanese and Chinese) of the songs ‘Breath’ and ‘Blind’.
The day I watched the teaser for the full album, I concluded that it is a compilation of BREAK- UP songs. The album is a story that is being unfolded at each of the tracks, and it created a very successful portrayal of “Heart Break”. Cheers to SM! Anyway, let’s get right through the tracks, shall we?
Note: The following plot is made from the writer’s weird imagination. Some parts of the plot came from the lyrics, others are just for internet humor.
**A melody starts off. The clouds are not in good terms with the reader’s feelings. There goes thunder and rain, a story is about to be seen, DEAR**
This one is a good starting point before hearing the full album itself. I consider this one- minute audio as the ‘mood setter’. With the sound of the rainfall, to the slow piano melody and to the mixing of orchestral sadness, this gradually made my very jolly day into a very sad one. A very effective start for the upcoming BREAK- UP songs.
** Both people are holding their phones and they are waiting for each other’s calls. Both are reminiscing good memories and keep letting out a sigh while tears fall to their faces. Each of them shows that they regret their parting to each other, and that they still both love each other the same way as before. They both want to achieve one thing, which is to at least hear each other’s BREATH (Award- Winning Plotline Level: SM)**
2. BREATH (sung by Taeyeon (SNSD) and Jonghyun (SHINee) in Korean, f (Krystal) and Changmin/Max (TVXQ!) in Japanese and Chen (EXO) and Zhang Li Yin in Chinese)
This is the best BREAK- UP song I have heard so far. This is the ballad that continues the melody of the first track ‘Dear…’ For what I have seen, it is has a very lonely tune that has a feeling of ‘REGRET’ to it. The lyrics of the song jive to the feeling of the melody itself, making it my frequently played song on this album. Also, even when you watch the music video of this song, it creates the most intense gloom. A complete package for a BREAK- UP song. Since it has three versions, the version which struck me the most? I’ll leave it up to you people. (Those three versions are freaking good I can’t even choose which is better!)
** In the aftermath, a man had a great loss for his love. He blamed himself for being too into her that it made her tired. The crucial time where he realized that ‘love’ is already gone, ‘greed’ came on a rise instead. He was too BLIND to see it at first. The man tries to forget the past but finds it very hard to do for his love still remains for her.**
3. BLIND (sung by Yesung (Super Junior) in Korean and Japanese, and Zhoumi (Super Junior-M) in Chinese)
This song is the best representation of how can love gets to a point that it is too CRAZY to continue. In the lyrics it literally described HEART- BREAK as VERY CRAZY THAT IT LEFT A VERY CRAZY DEEP SCAR (soo crazy). This song created a good feeling that the listeners can relate and follow through until the end of the song. It taught me a great lesson: BEWARE, OVERFLOWING LOVE KILLS. LOVE MODERATELY. I can say it is a hell of a good story. (fan-fic worthy, everyone!)
**The boy thinks it’s too easy for her to forget their love, but it was the same instance for her. She tries to put those good memories on a blur but it gets clearer after. She kept on shedding tears. Therefore she shouted…**
4. SET ME FREE (sung by Taeyeon of SNSD)
I love this song as well. I think it is the girl version of the song Blind, looking like it is the response of the girl to what the man is feeling right now. For what I have experienced, the lyrics are so remarkable that everyone can follow through unlike other songs that do not repeat the same lines.
Looking at the plot, you can feel the way the woman tries so hard to forget those past memories of them, resembled to the song as her precious stones to him. The heartfelt melody gradually puts you into sadness that the song should give. Nice Job Taeyeon.
**After some time, the man has moved on, and he disregards what his love would be thinking on what he does before. He is now thinking only for himself. But he still remembers those good days, feeling like he already had no reason for his doings to be hated nor loved. (The writer stops his too heartfelt plot and goes on shopping. He sees Chen of EXO, got excited for some time. Being an EXO-stan, he gets back to typing his album review and tries not to be too biased about his review for “A DAY WITHOUT YOU”)**
5. A DAY WITHOUT YOU (sung by Jonghyun of SHINee Chen of EXO)
(I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I SO. LOVE. IT!! CHEAN IS SINGING THEN.. oops, sorry XD) *coughs. Let’s get straight to the point.
The slow beat in this song slightly gets rid of all the sadness in the earlier songs, since it changes from very sad to moderately-sad-to-happy state. It’s simply exceptional to see how the flow of the tracks in this album gradually changes your mood. (When I hear this song I feel like shopping, which is my unique compliment.) In the song, it was described that he feels free after his break- up with his love, but he is still longing for her.
It’s a good duet by Jonghyun and Chen. I also like the part where they said, “I can’t believe, yes it’s true…” in English. Their extraordinary vocal ranges always give me goosebumps, a good blend of singers in a nice song.
**Both stated: “WHEN I WAS with you, WHEN YOU WERE with me, we used to have those good times. I keep on recalling them. But today, I think it’s time to really let go of that feeling. Like what they say, there will come a time where we will change. I hope you will be happy. Goodbye.” And thus ended their wonderful love to each other… *END**
6. WHEN I WAS… WHEN U WERE…(sung by f (Krystal) and Chen of EXO)
This song is so meaningful it made my mind appreciate love and acceptance. Each line of the lyrics is closely related to each other, signifying love and its deep connection to the seasons. It’s also fun to read in the lines of the song in which it recalls the good things that happened with his/her love, and they look at it positively than before. As what the song says, ‘seasons endlessly change’, and therefore the same as through with love: it endlessly changes until we find the right kind of meaning to it, with the right one at your side.
The melody of the guitar and more feels like it came from Flower Boy Next Door OST. It fits in the part where they look afar from each other through their glass walls and windows. It’s a good HEART BREAK song that keeps its melody moderately up. The part where the long ‘ooohs’ occur gives me a relaxing feeling. It’s a nice song, my favorite song in the album as well.
All in all I liked all the songs in the Album ‘BREATH’ . A nice way to see SM Entertainment do some artist collaborations to keep making and developing wonderful voices, as to what is present, showcasing their balladeers. Even though I used the word ‘HEART BREAK’ six times and made a plot for this album, I hope to see another volume of SM the Ballad that did a great job this year. Congratulations SME!
By the way, thank you very much to Try A Little Kpop for this opportunity.
SM the Ballad’s Breath? We got this Pen Sealed! (My blog: http://pensealed.wordpress.com/ )
It’s their third time to return to the stage this year and yes, that’s the most amount of comebacks I’ve seen from a SM Ent. group in my whole stay in KPop and add that this is their fourth time to release an album (I know, this is a “mini”-album but still, it is an album). It looks like it is SHINee’s year this time and SHAWols are none the less happy about it.
Before releasing their MV for their title track, they have teased us with Symptoms which I have to briefly commend because it did showcase how powerful the vocals of this team. Their rappers can sing too. That surprised me.
Everybody is more electro than what I previously thought this is going to be. It is electro with a mix of a lot of dubstep, since the beginning of the song, and everything, thus, they’ve said in a press release that this is “complextro”. It is not as electro as f(x)’s electro nor as electro as Lucifer but they are nearing it again because of the dubstep that is thrown all over the whole track specially the chorus. It is nothing like Dream Girl, which they’ve released earlier this year, this one has the avant-garde concept and this is way stronger as oppose to the light and colorful ensemble they’ve had with Dream Girl. Maybe to add variation to balance what they have released earlier.
We first heard this song at their comeback special which had a live-stream on YouTube (Note: the stream was very lag-y!) and my first impression was quite good and the chorus part together with the synth/ dubstep it has in between it attracts you and you will find singing to it and, yes, even copying synth sounds after you’ve watch the stream (again, it was lag-y. Yes. I can’t get over the fact that it was lagging the whole time even if YouTube had disabled the comment box. It was crazy!).
As to the story-line of the music video; There was masked child at the start who “plugged” them which lead to their “activation” and it looks like the whole world became masked people who look like each other (I really didn’t get why there was an angry scorpion at the start and why was the plug bigger than the child) but then after that I did not know what was the story anymore. Maybe if you are a bit of curious and you really wanted to know the whole truth about the song and music video, you’ve probably researched a little about what the lyrics mean (yes, I did that) but just like what the lazy version of myself whispers to me I wanted a more obvious story just like that mysterious girl they put on to Dream Girl and Alice in Wonderland-like jumping around falling into a dizzying maze house kind of thing which was a concrete story until the end or you can stick with your own version of the storyline, yes, the one you concocted in your head.
You did not doubt them ever for any of their choreographies right? ‘coz, sure! SHInee’s dancing was never a question and I bet that they suit every dance there is. I even think that no matter how awkward the choreography is if you give that choreography to SHINee it will look one thousand times better. The whole dance routine looks really cool I can’t choose my favorite part but I think that part where Minho is kind of reviving the other members and the other members kind of shake when they are “revived” and the air running thing are all cool ideas.
The ever reliable box set is the setting for this MV and yes, we’ve last seen it on SNSD’s Galaxy Supernova and SHINee’s very own Dream Girl MV. The reflective floor never loses its charm and magnificence, isn’t it? I just wish SM could do something else with the setting of their music videos. They’re love for their reflective floor box set is equivalent to YG’s love for their great white set (although YG is venturing on bringing their MVs out on “the real world” now which SM should take consideration of).
I won’t really be surprised of this single does better than Dream Girl because, for my taste, I like this more. Honestly, the whole dark concept suits them. They all look great (Yes, I wish Key will keep the black hair color for the rest of the year and Jong Hyun looks really hot on the teaser images!) but with the surge of comebacks the whole KPop has for this month let’s see how will this SHINee comeback will par with the rest of them.
Mini Album (Mini) Reaction Part:
- The first thing that I realized upon hearing the whole album was that the tracks are arranged in decreasing order from the song with the strongest vibe to the softest.
- I did not like Queen of New York upon the first time of hearing it but it kind of grows on you on the second try
- One Minute has a Hip Hop-ish RNB feel to it
- I know that it is really weird of me but I like Close the Door best because I think it is pretty unusual for SHINee to have a soft relaxed ballad track and, surprisingly, it actually works!
- Colorful is your typical pop.
- Although I like Everybody more than Dream Girl but I think Misconceptions of Me has a more cohesive collection of tracks than Everybody. The songs in this mini album are meant to stand on their own.
credits: SMTown’s YouTube Channel
SHINee will be officially be back in 2 days but they seem to be enjoying the way they are teasing their fans. So here’s SHINee’s Everybody Music Video Teaser (
and get ready to see Taemin’s upper body, not that you have never seen it before. Remember those Sherlock Days?)
credits: SMTown on YouTube
Last night they have performed “Symptoms” and “Everybody” during their Comeback Special but SHINee will be having their official comeback stage on M!Countdown this Thursday. BUT before that the boys decided to tease us, yet, again with what to expect for their upcoming music video for “Everybody”. Click the play button above!
SHInee’s 5th mini-album “Everybody” will be officially available on the 14th.
credits: SMTown’s YouTube channel
UPDATE: Where to livestream SHINee’s Comeback Special you say? HERE’s the link => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oAXyu24TdQ
Before making their first performance of “Everybody” tomorrow at Gangnam Hanryu Festival and after releasing their “Symptoms” lyric video yesterday, they continue on teasing us on their upcoming 5th mini-album with a highlight medley! Check it out above!
The highlight medley video starts with a minute of their Symptoms lyric video (which will make you think that you are watching the lyric video that was released yesterday, but No! You are wrong!) then followed by snippets of their other songs from the album. It also features some photos which are not released through the teasers.
Again, catch them tomorrow at Gangnam Hanryu Festival where they will first unvail their title song “Everybody” and if you cannot be physically be at the festival you can stream it live via YouTube.
Their 5th mini-album “Everybody” will be released on the 14th and their comeback stage will be on the 10th at M! Countdown so watch out for that.
(We honestly did not expect this teasers today, I am so used to them releasing it day by day, one member after the other)
SURPRISE! SM dropped Jonghyun’s teaser just hours after they released Minho’s and man! He’s looking hot. SHINee’s official smtown site is also updated with Jonghyun’s photo above as it’s front page.
Again, their comeback song “Everybody” will be performed for the first time on October 6th at their comeback special at Gangnam Hanryu Festival which will be also be live on YouTube and their mini album will be released on October 14th.
More Jonghyun teaser pics!
credits: SHINee’s smtown site
Yep. Here it is, Chapter 2 of SHINee’s album with the single ‘Why So Serious’. The song will be released on the 26th at noon KST (as stated at the video’s description box). However, the boys will promote as a four-member group due to Jong Hyun’s apparent injury.
Two albums in a year huh? Yep. Shawols might miss them that much but I think SM is satisfying your longing this time.
Let’s all look forward for this song’s release! SHINee (& Shawols) fighting!
It’s becoming a cliché by the minute but YES! SHINee’s Back and they are back with a strong vengeance.
Let’s be honest about it, SM is the master of teasers and they will always succeed in making you giddy and will always push you to the edge of your seat, which is (1) great and (2) really annoying but either way you will always end up being intrigued and enthusiastic about the main thing. (Great marketing there SM!)
There’s one thing I wanted to point out, I was a bit confused with ‘DREAM Girl’ and ‘DAZZLING Girl’ at first. What’s up with describing ‘Girls’? Tagging the previous blogs for SHINee’s comeback was a bit confusing because the browser continue to suggest ‘DAZZLING’ and not ‘DREAM’. (Holla there GURL!)
As you have already known (and in case, you don’t) they released both the dance version & the regular version (yep. we’ve decided to go for ‘regular version’ instead of calling it ‘plain’) at the same time. We don’t really know if there’s still a practice version of this but without the practice version these available versions can stand up for themselves. It did us (the audience) a great favor and it did benefit the company because we do demand for a dance version every time. (And when we say every time, we mean EVERY SINGLE TIME)
The song is has a hint of 80s with a synth (that made it to sound like a dance music ready for clubbing) therefore this can pass as a club music. (yey! this thing is really hard to describe guys.) I really have to agree with Electro Acid Funk this time (but we prefer to call this ‘Synth-ing Acid Funk’). It really sounds like a psychedelic synth disco track. However you describe this, it sure makes you want to dance.
Have you seen that mic stand stand move? (yes, two stands in the last sentence) It is really awesome!!! I am not really sure if Jonghyun and Taemin are both light weight or something but that thing is really ill dude! It’s great! So using mic stands for a dance routine is not always used in Kpop (aside from Nobody where the stands just stands on the stage). Who would have thought that you can manipulate them like a mop? That (children) is a very nice idea. They stand on the mic stand, toss the mic stand, and posed with the mic stand. (Damn! I wish I was the mic stand) SHINee will always be known for their innovative dance steps and this one is not an exemption.
The MV – how do I start this? (Okay, there are 2 music videos and we will not MV review the dance one because it is just dance and it falls on the dance review paragraph above. I hope you all understand) So, the MV is full of falling and being caught on a bed. That’s pretty cool though (because this talks about ‘dreams’ right?) and it is not just full of waking up and falling again to sleep (but those kind of scenes still exists in this vid). The trampoline-wormhole thing is black and white (and not so astigmatic friendly because, yah, I have one) but the scene when Minho didn’t know if he’ll stand up or slide down did played my mind off. It disoriented me if the thing really rotates or not. Aside from being black and white, this video is also colorful and playful. Taemin is sitting on a ladder beside a humongous painting wearing cute stuff with a cap while Key is sitting on the floor looking cute in pink. They look really kid-like while Key is pulling the red cloth off the frame. Then Onew is acting cute before (and we couldn’t snip that scene, we’ve literally played and pause the vid for nth times and no we can’t freeze the scene) the mic stand scene. Jonghyun did the mic stand stand first it was pretty really cool. Key is with his megaphone again (First Kiss perf, yes?) and Minho is being pulled by another Minho using a red string. Isn’t that Alice in Wonderland-ish? Sort of. The tilted room is sort of fantastic too.
It is really, indeed, refreshing to see SHINee again. We all missed them. Powerful dance moves is never the same without SHINee right? KPop feels really kind of empty without these energic young men right? I really have to point out how Taemin grew so much from the last MV. He is indeed now as a man. He was once a skinny young lad but, look at him now, isn’t he a dreamy young man? He is. (Then flash backs from a variety show starts) Do you remember that scene from a variety show (I can’t really remember which one) where he was faced with Minho’s height and he told him that he is still young and he will surely grow up still. I don’t know if he is already taller than Minho but still is not a kid anymore (Although he is still the maknae)
Here goes my minor rants) First, I really don’t like those ‘almost static’ screens that they used as transitions for the scenes in this MV. They kind of disturb my viewing. Why do they have to ‘flower-fy’ the face of the girl? (To protect her? err.) Viewers like me always wanted to see the beauty of the leading ladies in all MVs or maybe she was only just a dream and they can’t remember her face? Maybe.
I know that most of Shawols are a bit frustrated by the Sherlock thing that happened last year where the group only got to promote one track and (poof!) they were catapulted to Japan. People, Shawols waited for SHINee for one and a half year and you will only give them one song?! That’s very cruel of you there SM! (You’re bad…hmp!) I really hope that this time, SHINee will be around longer IN KOREA. (Have you heard about the PV though?) It’s not that I hate them being in Japan or such. No offense to Japan and the Japanese fans but I hope they promote more in their home country this time. They deserve to reclaim their limelight in KPop where they are greatly missed. (I remember how happy are we when we saw them perform Sherlock during MAMA.)
Overall, this MV is great and the song is good. This is not their best song out of the entire album (my mini album review will be in the P.S. section). But whatever, I am just really happy that they are around (again, finally!).
P.S. [Album Thoughts]
I have decided to listen to the full album so here it goes (my opinions about some songs)
- I like Hitchhiking & Runaway the most (they are on repeat on my phone’s music player) and I think they should’ve made Runaway their carrier single but yah, I think Dreamgirl made through well.
- Punch Drunk Love really sounds like a Jackson 5 song.
- Aside can actually make it as a Kdrama OST.
- Beautiful seems out of place (or something, it somehow sounds like it didn’t fit in the album)
- Finally, Dynamite is definitely a club music
credits: SMTown’s YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/SMTOWN)