So I decided to write a mini-review (and fangirl rant) on their mini-album (haha! pun! …not really lols) which is just full of great songs that feature all of their impressive vocals and quick rap. It also reveals how much Taemin has improved, and how much Onew, Bling, and Key’s vocals have gotten even better, and how quicker and improved Key and Minho’s rap has gotten. Taemin actually participated more in the vocals than in the rap this time around. It has a nice mixture of upbeat, medium tempo, and ballad songs. This album is more mainstream KPOP, but also has a very unique taste to it, and is a break from their former cute, less mature, Nuna concept of their first album. So here goes, and hope you enjoy. :]
1. 니가 맘에 들어 (Talk To You)
Talk To You is a song about the first meeting between a boy and a girl.
This is a very nice, upbeat song that showcases how mature they have gotten. I mean, if you compare this song to, say, Real, this song is a total win. Not that I have anything against Real, but this is just so much more mature, you know? It has a simple but catchy beat. It has very trendy lyrics with a rhythmic rap that complements it nicely. And how sexy is Key’s intro in the beginning? I love the little bits of English. It also helps that they barely have accents.
Juliette is when the boy confesses his love for the girl.
Yes, yes I know it’s a remake of (ew, HSM >>) Corbin Bleu’s Deal With It. And lots of people are saying that it sounds like LLO (which I don’t see at all, but must I remind everyone that LLO topped charts?), but to each their own. But believe me, it’s veryy catchy, and is so much more better than Corbin Bleu’s (no bias, I swear). A better concept, a better dance, a better music video. And yeah, up to the end of the first rendition of the chorus, it sounds almost exactly like Corbin Bleu’s version. However, starting from Minho’s rap, it’s totally different. It has a fast tempo, and the arrangement and the music just perfectly complements their voices. It showcases Taemin’s husky, improved voice, Jonghyun’s impressive vocals, Key’s powerful voice, Onew’s smooth and clear vocals, and Minho’s deep, sexy rap.
3. 차라리 때려 (Hit Me Baby)
The boy and girl gets into a fight.
This is a medium tempo song. It’s very melancholy and full of regret. Their vocals are softer and sadder. The lyrics are regretful and reveal the dilemma between post-fighting couples: the fight between pride and love. At the end, the ‘talk to me’s are full of willingness to wait. Key’s slightly angry voice underscores the soft voices of Onew and Bling to demonstrate the conflict.
4. 세뇨리따 (Señorita)
The boy realizes his loneliness without the girl.
This song just oozes sexiness. How sexy is the beginning, with Key’s little Spanish intro, the beatboxy sound effects, and Bling’s husky voice? And Onew’s strong voice and lovely high notes that sets off the slightly wispy bridge which contrasts with and leads into a powerful chorus. Minho’s husky, soft-ish rap is just love. It also has a kind of electronic touch to the music. And even more sexier than the intro is SHINee’s husky acapella to finish the song off.
5. 잠꼬대 (Please, Don’t Go)
The boy begs the girl not to leave him.
Must I state the obvious? This song is just absolutely beautiful. The moving music, the sentimental lyrics, Onew’s and Bling’s wonderful voices. It starts off with soft piano music and rhythmic snaps and Onew’s soft, soft voice and leads into Bling’s husky soft voice, both of which are to die for. And the harmony in the chorus? It just gives me chills, it’s so perfect and…beautiful. Near the middle-ish end, the piano music escalates, and some string instruments and drums are added, and their voices become powerful and overwhelming for the climax. The song ends (too soon!) with a lovely harmonization of Onew’s lower, clearer tone and Bling’s high, sweet voice. This is my absolute favorite song in the whole album.
6. 소년, 소녀를 만나다 (Romeo+Juliette)
The boy and girl seperate.
This is a medium tempo song much like Hit Me Baby that gives off a regretful and slightly angry vibe. It has an interesting touch of computerized voices. There are absolutely beautiful examples of each member’s special talents such as Onew and Bling’s harmonization and vocal range; Minho’s deep rap; Taemin’s husky and neutral voice; and Key’s powerful voice that characterizes most of the angry vibe.
Overall, I have to say I’m pretty satisfied with this album. All the songs have their own merits, and I love all of them. Just makes me anticipate already what they’re gonna come out with in the future. <3
I actually wrote this a few weeks ago, but I was just waiting for a slow news day to post it. =]
Video Credits to: YoDubu1, randy19972