Watch this! SHINee “I Want You” MV

Here it is! The second title song from SHINee’s comeback “I want you”.From the teaser it looked like it would be a upbeat, strange yet fun retro -inspired adventure.

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Opinion Post. SHINee comeback teaser umm…..

I like many fans was excited to see SHINee teasers on the web today. However the teaser image and fans excited responses had me feeling like I was in the Twilight zone.  Needless to say I am not too impressed…

 

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First the positive. The title The Story of Light is beautiful and fits in well with SHINee’s name meaning. That being said I’m not sure what the overall design has to do with the theme of light. With its primary color themes and basic shapes this teaser image comes off looking pretty juvenile. Some say they may be going for a 80s theme perhaps due to the “retro-ish” word processor type font, the “3d” render of the circles and the grid background….. but not really. For SHINee’s 10th anniversary (which is a big deal) I was honestly expecting much better.

For example

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I know this is for an event but it is a beautiful creative image that would make a great teaser. It emphasizes SHINee’s expansive discography with its central image of a spiral made up of the handwritten( which gives it a more personal feel) titles of all their (Korean) songs to date. To add color to the simple image is the title of the event in SHINee’s “pearl aqua”. Even if primary colors are essential to the theme of the teasers and comeback I feel it could be executed better.

Also, I might be worried about nothing as sometimes the initial teasers have nothing to do with the release. I will have to wait and see if it improves fingers crossed.

 

Hide 20th Memorial

In 1998 the (J) Rock world lost a superstar. His legacy still lives on even 20 years later!

As a Jrock and visual kei fan there is no way one could not know about the impact and legacy Hide and X-Japan left on the rock world (in japan as well as abroad) and society.

It’s fantastic that his fandom never let his music and impact fade away after all these years…..

Hideto Matsumoto

Hideto Matsumoto

 December 13, 1964-May 2, 1998

 

 

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Wish I could find the Pink Spider PV no luck, but here’s Rocket Dive PV

 

 

Check this out! Exo Love me right~ romantic universe version teaser

I had just spoke on how video games and video game music often finds its way into music and/or music videos and recently I have found this teaser for Exo‘s Japanese debut single Love me right-romantic universe check it out below!

What do you think of the teaser?

I will be doing a review of the album when it is released so stay tuned!

Watch this! Diggin’ in the Carts Documentary

I love all types of genres in music but here is one genre I particularly love and apparently many others do as well. you hear this type of music in the instrumentals of pop songs, R&B, EDM,  and even hip hop. Sometimes artists music videos take on the influence of this genre. so what genre is this? VGM better known as Video Game Music I can go deeper into this genre but that’s another post onto itself.  I remember hearing about this documentary interviewing the composers of the most iconic video games such as Sonic, Street Fighter and Streets of Rage and the list goes on. So I found it on youtube and its quite interesting to see the actual people who put his music together and what their inspirations were. So if you’re a fan of video games or VGM check it out!

I have this section because it highlights the music from two iconic games Sonic the hedgehog (which I love) and Streets of Rage, I am a huge fan of Yuzo Koshiro (the composer of Streets of Rage 1 and 2 and co composer of 3)

To watch the full documentary click here

Do you have a Favorite video game  composer? Or favorite video game? Tell me in the comments!

Rewind!! Teen Top mini album Natural Born

Hello readers! I’m sure you know this summer has been pretty busy with new releases, sometimes some coming out  back to back or many premiering on the same day. So with this rewind!!segment I have posted my review of Teen Top‘s mini album Natural Born which was released in June. You can check out the review here.

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What is your take on the mini album and Music video?

Let’s go back…….. to 2014 Taemin solo album ACE

Taemin has been a member of the super popular South Korean boyband “SHINee” since its inception (2008). As most boybands go SHINee’s catalog of works contained upbeat candy pop, dramatic anthems and R&B influenced pop songs. Being that Taemin is a member of this group one may typically expect his solo album to have similar influences. However this is not the case. As listeners will find out upon hearing the diverse tracks of Taemin’s first solo album ACE.

A very short video history of SHINee

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The following review is of tracks from the mini album that stood out to me as a listener.
Ace The album’s title track is a surprising intro to the album with its slight 80’s R&B ethereal vibe the airy chimes and keyboard notes creates a cool atmosphere that showcases Taemin’s lucent voice.

Danger Taemin’s debut song contains influences that is blaringly obvious from the first stanza: Michael Jackson. The song as a whole is an interesting mix of 90’s style euro-pop and Michael Jackson. MJ’s influence is heard in the details ranging from the song’s melodic rapping thru Taemin’s shouts of Danger! In case you are still not sure of  the Michael Jackson influence in threaded in Danger the video will clear that up.

Play Me brings us back to the flowy dream like sound that the opening  track Ace introduced. Taemin’s soft voice once again is complemented by lighter instrumentals and delicate melodies. Play me sounds like a homage to an older R&B song “Rock the Boat” by Aaliyah with its cool airy vibe and its repetitive chorus.

Pretty Boy This track interrupts the cooler tone Ace was leading. Taemin voice takes on a hint of base as he sings/raps with confidence and bursts with energy in the chorus. In variance with the track’s title of ”Pretty boy” Taemin tries to come across more macho and “hard” as a stark contrast to the smooth R&B crooner he portrays on the other songs off his album.

For a solo debut Ace demonstrated Taemin’s vocal talent in a musically diverse collection of tracks . The album as a whole establishes Taemin as a possible contender in the R&B realm, giving him a more mature and suave image than his k-pop counterpart (image?).

So what do you think about Taemin’s solo album ACE a year later? Did it help establish him musically and image wise as an solo artist?