More to come!!!

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Hello readers sorry for the lag in posts lately. Continuing with the theme of this month more SHINee content will be arriving soon (next week.) In the meanwhile if you haven’t yet check out some of the previous SHINee posts below.

SHINee I want you teaser

SHINee -I want you MV

Top Ten SHINee songs

Top 5 SHINee concepts    

SHINee Married to the Music repost  –In depth review with a little SHINee history

SHINee memories #1

SHINee memories #2

and the ever popular SHINee dance move gifs pt1 and Pt2 !

not SHINee related but if you like Video game music check out  Summer Chill VGM zone act. 1

Stay Tuned!

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Top 5 SHINee Concepts

How fitting I post this list now after my strong opinions about SHINee’s latest teaser images.

To start I love concept albums particularly hard concept albums meaning an album that truly keeps the theme not only through images and the design of the packaging but also in the music videos and the tracks on the album.

Artists like David Bowie, Lupe Ficaso and Daft Punk have pulled this off well, in Kpop I would say Sechkies welcome to Sechkies land.

SHINee has done a decent job of picking unusual concepts and sticking to them ( like for odd they were unusual colored eye contacts even for SNL). So below I listed my top five SHINee concepts to date.

 

My to date favorite SHINee concept to date would be ……

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Album:  Married to the Music

Song:  Married to the Music

Concept: Horror/Camp

 

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Album: Everybody

Song: Everybody

Concept: Toy solider

 

 

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Album: 1 of 1

Song: 1 of 1

Concept: fake 90s/confused 80s

 

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Album: Five

Song: Get the treasure

Concept: Heist/ freeze frame

 

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Album: 3,2,1

Song: 3,2,1

Concept: comics, fun, Disney lol

 

What is you favorite SHINee concept?

 

 

 

 

Top Ten SHINee songs

SHINee who is celebrating their 10th anniversary this month has been probably one of the hardest working kpop groups in the last decade. There discography is extensive not even including their Japanese releases!

In honor of SHINee’s 10th anniversary J.R.’s Musical Adventure has created a list of their top ten SHINee songs which is no easy task as SHINee has released 11 albums! It wasn’t easy but I tried and here are the ten!

  1. Love like oxygen

While not the first SHINee video I saw with its euro music and melody it made me nostalgic which surprised me as the members of the group were so young themselves! Jonghyun’s Michael Jackson styled vocals and SHINee’s chair dancing sold me on the group. With this song and music video I just knew this group was going places!

2. Romeo+Juliet

This song is a close second as it is my all time favorite song of SHINee. The music, vocals (and stylization of vocals)and lyrics embodied what made me fall in love with kpop in the first place. Each member’s “role” vocally is showcased well (more so  than other songs from this era) and they invoke the sadness and  despair of the forlorn lyrics so well I am touched every time I hear it, even to this day 9 years later.

3. Odd Eye

 

This song sounded like no other song (in kpop). I love its beautifully smooth synth melody and the creative use of Jonghyun’s, Taemin’s and Onew’s “My eyes on yooou” in the chorus. A added bonus is the bridge reminds me of Pumpkin Hill (Sonic adventure). Even non kpop fans seem to be taken in by the hypnotic chorus! “hey what song is that with the guy going “oooo” in the chorus?” someone once asked me.

4. Replay

Especially now this song holds a special place in any SHINee fan’s heart. For most its the song that introduced the group to the world.  With lyrics many people can relate to (being in love/like with someone older than you and/or liking someone who does take you seriously.) To me its low tempo and catchy melody that wears off on you after a while Replay stood out amongst a lot of the other debuting artists in 2008 and is by far one of the best debut kpop songs ever. Replay is now a new classic.

5. One Minute Back

From the dramatic drumbeat layered with rhythmic breathing in the beginning I sensed One minute would be a fierce, enjoyable song. The whole vibe from the lyrics,  vocals to the music channels the intense feeling one may experience seeing their partner cheating on them with someone else. The change of lyrics in the end surprised me but goes to show how well the song kept to its theme.

6. Close The Door

This another song that was a little different than most kpop songs that were out at the time (2010’s). I was struck by its enchanting  electro-string melody making like a song that would play in a futuristic ballroom.  SHINee’s vocals shine brightly in the chorus which is a great feat in such a slow and delicate song. The lyrics also take the spotlight as well adding to the romantic atmosphere.

7. Password-(Japanese song)

One of the Japanese releases that really stood out was Password. Once again SHINee distinguishes itself from the bunch with a song not typically heard in kpop.  With 80s rock/pop flavor Password invokes bands like Duran Duran.  The lyrics with lines give me the password are even reminiscent of late 80s songs that often referenced computers and technology ( Automatic, Computer love). In the live version Jonghyun’s solo is just beautiful.

8. Hold You

 

This is the song I always dreamed SHINee would do. With it’s classic 80’s/90’s r&b sound it fits SHINee’s retro style to a t.

9. Symptoms

This song is one of the best SHINee songs done live. Like One minute the emotional intensity is conveyed through every aspect of the track from the lyrics, vocals and music. Like I stated above when performed they just hit it out of the park.

 

10. SHINee in The House

Clocking in at only one minute and a half this isn’t exactly a song … more of an intro, one that SHINee needed from the beginning! I first heard this awesome Intro watching my SHINee world 4 dvd. With its cute opening fooling the listeners and audience beginning with the melody and chorus from replay to then switch to some great harmonizing. Jonghyun, Onew and Taemin tell us to get ready for a great time because shinee is performing tonight and they’ll make us happy, love it. I kind of hoped they would open all their following concerts with this song but alas. Great anthem for a great group.

 

Well that’s it! For now, who knows with the new album coming out there may be some news songs on this list!

What about you? What are your favorite SHINee songs?

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHINee Month!

Here at J.R.’s Musical Adventure the entire month of May will be deemed “SHINee Month” in celebration of SHINee‘s 10th anniversary.

You can expect a month full of SHINee content such as album reviews, memories, Gifs, top ten lists and more…..

Stay tuned!

To stay informed be sure to follow J.R.’s Musical Adventure on WordPress, twitter or tumblr!

 

 

 

Summer Chill VGM Zone act 1

Music has the power to bring back memories and evoke emotions. Video game music to me has the very same effect.

Despite the wintry weather I’ve been ready for spring for quite a while. So for this chilly snowy, rainy  April  I will tap into the trove of laid back summer inspired melodies to bring the feelings and memories of summers past. This list consists of mostly low tempo relaxing music not full on summer, like spring a slight sedge way  into the bright energy of summer.

The following tracks are not in any particular order (by game or year).

Let’s begin!

Sonic the hedgehog and summer VGM go hand and hand especially the older games think “retro Sonic” games Sonic through Sonic 3d blast. Sonic adventure and beyond took sonic music in a totally different (not necessarily bad) direction. With sonic mania Sonic returned to his retro styled tunes.

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Sonic Mania- Press Garden, Blossom Haze

This cool tinged smooth jazzy track is like a cool breeze on a hot day.

Sonic Mania -Stardust Speedway

This smooth remake of the original  stage from Sonic CD continues the laid back vibe perfect for driving.

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Grandia II was a bastion of beautiful music. I remember being surprised that the game came with a soundtrack cd (they must’ve knew the music was that good lol) 

Grandia 2- Inn town Ageel

This song was always a hit with non- VGM listeners. Sounds like summer!

F-Zero  – Sand Ocean

The classic! With its unusual melody and hypnotic quality this is one of my favorite stage themes of all time. I was highly disappointed that they did not provide a remix for the next F-zero..(but they did a remix of Big Blue).

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Knuckles Chaotix-Midnight Greenhouse

Remember That super awesome game  Knuckles Chaotix? Me either! Just kidding! 😀 This obscure game had some seriously decent summer infused music.

and to further prove my point…

Knuckles Chaotix- Evening Star

Knuckles Chaotix- Seascape

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This Dreamcast game had some great music especially the character themes.

Time Stalkers- Rails theme (field arrange)

 

Retro Sonic just represents VGM summer nostalgia. Sonic cd  Japanese version took the music up a notch with the chill factor.

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Sonic CD-  Tidal tempest Present (JP/EU)

How does this not sound like total summer chill music?

Sonic CD- Crystal Quadrant Good Future(JP/EU)

We have come to the end of Summer Chill VGM Zone act 1.

Stay tuned for the next act! What are you’re favorite summer chill VGMs? Tell me in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Married to the Music (Repost)

I’ve noticed quite a few people have been visiting this blog lately to read an older post. SHINee’s Married to the music to be specific. So I decided to repost it here so that it will be easier to view and read.

 

SHINee( formed in 2008) is one of k-pop’s most famous and well know boy bands. Shinee is well known for their vocals and dances and their broad and ever broadening range of musical genres they incorporate in their discography. Shinee’s last Korean album Why So Serious? – The Misconceptions of Me was released in 2013 leaving a two year gap of no Korean releases. When their next album Odd was released on May of this year it was met with much fanfare. This review will be for the repackaged version of this album entitled Married to the Music which features four unreleased songs. This review is for these four songs.

A little SHINee music video history

 

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Married to the Music brings a genuine retro vibe to the summer music line up. The bass in the beginning is very reminiscent of Another one bites the dust which is misleading, as the song progresses it takes on a funky disco sound. Overall the song is most definitely Michael Jackson inspired (this song would fit in on his Off the Wall album) the influence is especially strong in the chorus which has a Baby be mine flavor. Retro (or retro influenced) songs have always been popular in the summer so giving its distinct sound and catchy chorus this single will be a good fit for a summer success.

Michael Jackson – Baby be mine

The Music Video
From the teaser images one can see that SHINee was going with a retro horror/camp theme with the Rocky Horror Picture Show type font used for the title. The overall feel of the photos reminded me of Little Shop of Horrors, Beetlejuice and for some reason The Addams Family lol. So did the video fit the feel of the photo teasers? YES. The video opens with a black and white scene and one may think wow this is really vintage but once the video starts it is in color and despite all the bizarre horror elements there is an actual storyline. To make it short the young men show up for a party that was far from what they expected as they lose parts of themselves (in humorous horror fashion) to the party’s hostess who uses them in the end to make a perfect man. While that may seem bizarre (or disturbing) to some this video is done very humorously and in light while watching this video I remembered two other horror themed pop music videos besides the most famous which is Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Rockwell’s Someone’s Watching Me and Robbie Williams Rock DJ.

 

Rockwell -Somebody’s Watching Me

 

Robbie Williams- Rock DJ


Shinee keeps it retro but moves it up a few decades to the 90’s (yes the 90’s is now officially retro) with Savior which is a funky dance/house track. The most standout aspect of this song for me is the chorus.
Shinee continues the 90s theme but cools it down with Hold you. The very beginning reminds me (a bit more chiptunish) of the 90s R&B single Can we talk by Tevin Campbell or more so the cover of the same song by JUNE. The music has a 90s R&B vibe like the aforementioned Tevin Campbell , Al.B Sure or Bobby Brown. The music sounds like it could have been a song that was recorded in the 90s one could totally hear the previously mentioned artists or even New Edition sing over this track. Shinee uses quite a lot of English on this track and it is done pretty well Key(?) seems to be channeling Drake in his rap in the beginning and adds a bit of edge to the laid back vibe of the song. Though the entire group sounds fantastic in this song Onew’s voice is the standout. Of all the new tracks Hold You is the track that showcases Shinee the best you can hear the voices much clearer without the music over taking them. I’m surprised that this song wasn’t released as the single from the repackaged album.

Tevin Campbell- Can we talk

 

 

June- Can we talk (unfortunately was not able to find this video anymore.. which was the best example for Hold you)
The last new track on Married to the music is written and composed by Shinee’s very own songwriter Jonghyun entitled Chocolate. Chocolate opens with a funky chiptunish melody and English phrases such as “how’d you like that” and” I just want to put the record straight once and for all” which was a bit odd at the beginning but it improves as the song continues. Surprisingly this is another track Shinee shines on (no pun intended). The chorus is almost fully in English and once again Shinee did a great job.
In all, the new tracks kept the theme of summer music evocative of the late 70’s to the 90’s which makes it an impressive concept album. As with ODD I can see Married to the Music the repackaged album (as well as the single) becoming another summer success.