JONGHYUN – THE 1ST ALBUM [VOL. 1]
1. She Is
2. White T-Shirt
6. Dress Up
9. Suit Up
Following the success of 'Base' and 'Story Op.1,' SHINee's Jonghyun is back, showcasing his songwriting talent on his first full album! The LP has nine tracks where he once again shares his unique charms with lucky fans.
He leads with the title track "She Is." It's a sweet piece of electro-funk that drills right into your skull. It lures you with sweet rhythms and catchy hooks. It's obvious that Jonghyun likes falsetto, as he uses it more on this song than he did on 'Base.' It's a great track, even if the chorus sounds like "oh shizz."
The very next track, "White T-shirt," has a very different feel from "She Is." This tune is full-on pop. I love Jonghyun's voice here; it sounds very sly and sardonic, deeper than on the rest of the LP. Not only is it upbeat and fun but also the hooks are gold.
"Cocktail" is the odd duck on here. Partly because it's hard to define; the structure is different. The pre-chorus is rapid fire, like he was in a hurry to get the message out, and from there it sort of crosses into pop. He sounds as if he's pleading during the chorus, begging her to understand. It was enjoyable as a tune, simply because I didn't know what was coming next.
The experimental tune, "Moon," didn't work as well to me. The falsetto is a bit jarring when it shows up, and the cadence of the vocals doesn't flow well with the rest of the melody. Plus, I'm more a fan of falsetto for effect, not as the main vocal.
Much of the album is dominated by smooth R&B cuts, reminding me a lot of the 80's -- Prince's style, sans the outright lewdness. But much of this is still very much Jonghyun, as I hear some of the rhythms and stylings from 'Base.' There are also a couple ballads that have almost a laid-back house style.
The variety of melodies here is pretty impressive -- and the fact that he was able to master the full album format is also no small feat. All this is a testament to his skill as a singer-songwriter. Yes, this is Jonghyun's first full album, and let's give it a lot of love so it won't be his last.
MV REVIEWJonghyun is an inventor in "She Is." Or apparently. This is another of those MVs where they may have lost the story halfway through editing. We see him designing this and that, combining chemicals, dancing with an inexplicable line of girls outside his house, and all while earth movers are busy moving nothing in particular.
Overall, it's a bit confusing. Especially the line of girls. Are they fans? Robots? Clones? They don't just cut to them in the dancing scenes -- they appear to be part of the world shown in the video, so why?
But not every MV has to make sense to good. Jonghyun is a passable dancer; his moves are as good as most others. The set design was reminiscent of sets we've seen before, just not as brightly-colored. The wardrobe was fun, with the SHINee singer sporting different sets of glasses, sometimes upside down. Final verdict? It's fun, if not the best thing I've seen.