TITLE: Don’t Call Me – The 7th Album
LABEL: SM Entertainment
RELEASED: February 22, 2021
SHINee’s Back… Legit was saying that the moment Minho came home from the Marines. SHINee will always hold a special place in my heart because I think there were the first group where I truly had no bias, all 5 are my bias. This comeback is a bittersweet one because it is truly the first 4-member comeback since Jonghyun. Either way, let’s see how these kings show the children what real music is.
Don’t Call Me – Title Track
Oh baby no… this is not it. Everything about this song should work but it just falls flat. I know what they were going for but I think what makes SHINee such an amazing group is missing from this. It feels like SHINee is putting on someone else’s jacket and trying to fit in it. The song has this weak repetitive beat and it doesn’t really go anywhere. The hook does get stuck in your head but not in the good Ring Ding Dong way. Either way, this should have been a hidden B-side.
THIS SONG WAS ROBBED! This should have been the title track. It feels like the real SHINee came to play with Heart Attack. It has a modern twist on a retro vibe that they really excel at. I automatically get in a dancing mood when I hear it and makes me want to just let loose.
I had heard this when they teased it on youtube. I thought this could have also been a second title track or was hoping for it to be a pre-release. It’s a simple song in the same way Don’t Call Me was but it was 100% less annoying. It was sweet and very romantic. Yes, I will Marry You SHINee.
A futuristic dance track that really feels like it was made for Taemin. I don’t hate it but it feels like something that would go on his solo albums. I think it’s a good filler song for the album. And I do love when Key gets to do some rapping.
I Really Want You
I LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH! It gives me 90’s energetic pop vibes and I think it’s really fitting for every one in the group. It’s so good to have these grown men sing about grown men things and attraction. Key and Minho’s shared rap is cute. But Onew’s voice is a highlight in this.
The beginning of this song felt weak to me but when it gets to the first chorus, I find myself jamming out to it. It’s another pop song with some retro undertones. It feels like this song goes hand in hand with the one previous. From attraction to finally getting that kiss. Romantic kings.
This feels like a highlight of the album. I don’t think I’ve actually heard SHINee do a reggae stylistic song and it actually fits with them. I thought I would like this song more but by the middle of the song, I know this isn’t going to be anything more than what it is. Sexy reggae song, check.
Sing it SHINee. Those are the first words that come to mind when I hear this R&B pop track. It allows the members to highlight their vocal skills and I really love that for them. But I’m completely obsessed with Onew’s voice. It’s like being dipped in a warm bubble bath.
I want to like this song way more than I do. I love SHINee’s ballads almost as much as their dance ones. But the beginning of the song wither all the augmented voices leaves a nasty taste in my mouth. It’s an okay ballad, that’s about it.
SHINEE IS BACK! They really came through and showed what makes them amazing as a group. A level of professionalism and talent that a lot of these newer stans aren’t ready for. But Shawol’s waited and knew that when they were all back together that this would be nothing less than greatness. Even though I wasn’t feeling every song, I would call this an absolute success of a return album. This is so good to have them together and happy that it almost distracts us from realizing Taemin has to enlist soon. Almost.
PRODUCTION : 4 / 5
VOCALS / RAPPING : 4 / 5
VISUALS / CONCEPT : 4.5 / 5
OVERALL: 4.5/ 5
Favorite Track(s): Heart Attack, I Really Want You
Least Favorite Track(s): Don’t Call Me