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Posted by Lorr-Ye Friday, May 28, 2021

[ALBUM & MV REVIEW] TAEMIN - 'Advice'

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[This review reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of allkpop.]


Track List:

1. Advice

2. Light

3. If I could tell you

4. Strings

5. SAD KIDS

Before TAEMIN officially leaves for enlistment, we are gifted with his third mini-album, Advice! K-Pop standards are constantly being lifted by TAEMIN, who is ostensibly the genre's most impactful soloist. Advice features 5 new songs- all of which are phenomenal.

The album begins with the title track "Advice," which serves as an effective and dramatic intro led by a piano instrumental. As the beat hits, TAEMIN proceeds to showcase a wide vocal range that captivates. The song is immediately impressive and large, a testament to TAEMIN's abilities. We are then transported to R&B and house fusion track, "Light." Featuring an ultra-bouncy feel, "Light" is suave and rhythmic with a jazzy chorus.   

TAEMIN enlists the help of Girls' Generation Taeyeon on the electronic love song "If I could tell you." The song is a sweet duet between the two artists, and both deliver high register vocals in harmony with calculated ease. The focal point of this track is, without a doubt, the spitfire lyricism.

"Strings" and "Sad Kids" close out this mini album with downtempo songs that slow the intensity of the tracklist down quite a bit. "Sad Kids" offers a progressive build-up with an uplifting feeling, while "Strings" opts for a sensual and emotional approach. Despite their huge differences in concept, both songs feel impressive and unique to TAEMIN. Overall, this release's biggest issue is that there aren't more songs to enjoy.

MV REVIEW

With a haunting piano melody and spitfire lyricism, TAEMIN returns with a particularly artistic appeal in "Advice." TAEMIN continues to solidify his place as K-Pop's most prolific luminary through his insanely bone-chilling performances and stage presence. "Advice" MV features intricate choreography and styling that suits TAEMIN's unique colors extraordinarily well. Production-wise, we are graced with several gorgeous sets and shots that contrast between cold blues and dark reds, giving the MV a multitude of different feelings. TAEMIN urges that it is best to 'take his own advice' as he ends the MV in an ethereal pose. If this is how TAEMIN wants to be remembered before heading off to enlistment, consider our recollections of his abilities etched permanently in our memory.


MV SCORE:

MV Relevance…..10

MV Production…..10

MV Concept……..9

MV Score: 9.70

ALBUM SCORE:

Album Production…...10

Album Concept……...10

Tracklisting…………...9

Album Score: 9.7

Overall: 9.7

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yvangelica
yvangelica8,736 pts Friday, May 28, 2021 0
Friday, May 28, 2021

I was waiting for this review. I think this album is a great gift he gave us so we can wait for him till the act 2 begins. It is a masterpiece, and those who has follow Taemin's career knows how much he has grown and how he has create his own style and colors. No one can be like him... His voice and performance, can't be compare. The idol of idols, our Taeminnie

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Sarangjonghyun
Sarangjonghyun1,042 pts Friday, May 28, 2021 0
Friday, May 28, 2021

I have been waiting for his new solo album and once again I was not disappointed ! He gives such a gift before his enlistment we can only be proud of his achievements in 13 years he has grown up before our eyes and not once did he disappoint ! After Shinee’s comeback album this was the album I was the most looking forward too ❤️ We will miss him but he’ll be back soon 🥰

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