Posted by: sauder | May 26, 2008

On the Radar–SHINee

The New Kids on the Block–SHINee

So there’s a new all boy group joining SM Entertainment, the agency responsible for creating some pretty popular K-Pop bands such as TVXQ (DBSK), Super Junior, and Girls Generation (SNSD). The new group SHINee is composed of five strapping young lads shown below. As said by SM Entertainment, SHINee is supposed to be the new rolemodels of today’s generation, in terms of contemporary music fashion and dance, as well as shooting for a variety of singing genres.

Onew (18 ) Group Leader/Sub Vocalist

Jonghyun (17) Lead Vocalist

Minho (16) Rap/Sub Vocalist

Key (16) Rap/Sub Vocalist

Taemin (14) Lead Dancer/Sub Vocalist

Suprisingly, I have very little to say about the boys themselves, and more about their latest single Replay that released on their mini-album on May 23rd, (and their Debut Television performance May 25th.)

SHINeeReplay(Live) on SBS’s Inkigayo

SHINee–Replay

The Look: The first thing my Korean friend said when before he showed me the video was “They’re a little fruity.” I’ve got to admit he’s a little right…in this video there was a little bit too much smiling and oh-girl-I-love-you-from-the-bottom-of-my-heart~~~looks, but it does have a more R/B feel so thats to be expected isn’t it? I think if they got better haircuts and came off a bit harder, they could change that easily. Apart from that their outfits that are supposed to be bringing in a newer type of style to Korea, were a little shocking to me.

Such tight pants…

And in such bright colors…

I suppose that they could potentially pull off creating their own style if there’s a big enough reaction to it, but skinny jeans and forces have always looked odd to me, especially on slender men.

The Sound/Music: All in all they don’t sound too bad. The lead vocalist Jonghyun’s voice was easily the strongest to me, as it should have been. (I’m gonna call this, he’s ultimate fangirl material.) It has a deep rusty feel, I like it, especially since he comes off as a badass anyway. The actual song Replay sounds refreshing with some loud and quiet beats mixed in to make it semi-interesting. To tell you the truth after I watched the video for the first time, I forgot about the whole song until the next day I found myself saying “Replay, Replay, Replay.” It might just be “one of those songs” that clamps itself onto your head until you have listen to it again before you drive yourself crazy.

The Dancing: I’ve got to say was pretty spot on. The moves however, were a little iffy at times, especially when mixed in with some cheesy looking smiles, but hey, they’re new– give them a break. The pants though! I can’t get off of this, the overly shiny pants made some things look weird, but in contrast to that their shoe shape made the moves seem tighter. Sometimes there was too much sliding, or jumping, that to my many thanks was interrupted by painfully simple storyline. Other than that I think the choreographer did a good job (if only they were more badass)…

Long story short–I hope these kids do well, especially when following in the glory that is the ever amazing DBSK/SNSD/Super Junior. Maybe you won’t like the song at first, but just give it a try. Who knows, maybe they’ll be bigger than any of us can imagine.

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  4. Wow they sound cool since they’re new there arent many reviews out there for them yet.

    SNEE FTW!!!!!

  5. They have alot to go before becoming adored stars like SuJu or even TVXQ.
    I like them because they are doing their best, they are working so hard to produce good music. But hey, they’re still kids aren’t they?

    When they become older in SME i know they can be as good as any other boyband.

    I know little about this boyband too, since they had just debuted as singers.

    I hope they could become better! ^_^

  6. Finally someone agrees with me on the pants. The shiny pants are just a tad too much. But right now I really like their stlye minus the pastels.

    Their sound…eh. Besides Replay (Which I’m addicted to) I can’t too much about.


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