• http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

    Actually, SHINee does ballads and midtempos very well, and are known for it, despite being mainly known as a dance group. Their first full album “SHINee World” was a critical and commercial success, and one that many K-pop fans love. Their successive releases are always sure to have many ballads and midtempos.

    Try checking out some of these songs:
    From the “Replay” mini-abum:
    In My Room

    From “The SHINee World” album:
    Love’s Way
    Romantic
    One For Me
    Graze
    Best Place
    Y Si Fuera Ella

    From the “Romeo” mini-album:
    Hit Me
    Romeo+Juliette

    From the “2009: Year of Us” mini-album:
    Y.O.U

    From the “Lucifer”  album:
    Your Name
    Obsession

    From the “Sherlock” mini-album:
    Honesty

    Oh and Shawol is shortened from “SHINee World,” with the first syllables of both words combined. Meaning SHINee’s fanclub members are all part of the SHINee World, whatever that world may be. Weird, cheesy fanclub name, but it’s still miles better than ELF.

    • 33rainynights

      you missed The Reason, One and Life. those are some of my favorites, along with the songs you mentioned :)

    • Ee5

      SHINee have quite a few Japanese ballads too.

      Run With Me

      Keeping Love Again

      Kiss Kiss Kiss

      Better

    • Ee5

      SHINee have quite a few Japanese ballads too.

      Run With Me

      Keeping Love Again

      Kiss Kiss Kiss

      Better

    • Ee5

      SHINee have quite a few Japanese ballads too.

      Run With Me

      Keeping Love Again

      Kiss Kiss Kiss

      Better

      • happy_slip

        Kiss Kiss Kiss is gold, that is all.

        • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

          “Kiss Kiss Kiss” and “Replay” are the songs that got me into SHINee.

    • justsaying09

      try quasimodo too from shinee’s 2nd album

      • maritza_maja777

        and Love Pain :’(

      • maritza_maja777

        and Love Pain :’(

    • Gaya_SB

      I think Mark is referring to SHINee’s promotional songs, which have been dance songs (thanks to their own image as a strong dance group). Even for comeback stages, they haven’t performed ballads, going instead for other more upbeat tunes. I think “Hello” is the closest they’ve gotten to a ballad, promotions wise–at least before “1000 Years” which I also LOVE.

      That said, though, I have to thank you, Camille, and the other commenters below for  the list of SHINee ballads–just looking at them has made me realise just how many of  these songs I love, which is astonishing because ballads aren’t really to my taste. 

      “Romeo + Juliette” will always be favourite, though.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

        Yeah, I do hope that SM lets them promote a ballad song here and there. The last time a ballad of theirs ever aired on a weekend music show was when they performed “Romantic” in Inkigayo during their debut year. I mean, DBSK has promoted ballads before, like “My Little Princess,” “Mideoyo,” “Tonight,” and “Before U Go,” but they’re still primarily a dance group. I don’t see why SHINee can’t do so as well. :)

        • girlatsea

          MTE. I hope 1000 Years does well in Japan so SM can possibly think about letting them promote some ballads in Korea.

  • Shinydream Lim

    Thank you for doing such a great review for this song.
    I love this song a lot and can’t wait to hear them singing it live.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NSZNUD3OCZI4A6WOUDZNHU274M Yellow Wasabi

    You might have skipped an important note that the video wants the viewers to think. They want us to believe that it is the child that is going to die and the father is alive. We should know that SHINee is waiting for the kid to arrive but it turns out that it’s the father they’ve been waiting for. It’s kind of a twist that goes unnoticed but once you do, it just makes it more beautiful.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NSZNUD3OCZI4A6WOUDZNHU274M Yellow Wasabi

    You might have skipped an important note that the video wants the viewers to think. They want us to believe that it is the child that is going to die and the father is alive. We should know that SHINee is waiting for the kid to arrive but it turns out that it’s the father they’ve been waiting for. It’s kind of a twist that goes unnoticed but once you do, it just makes it more beautiful.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NSZNUD3OCZI4A6WOUDZNHU274M Yellow Wasabi

    You might have skipped an important note that the video wants the viewers to think. They want us to believe that it is the child that is going to die and the father is alive. We should know that SHINee is waiting for the kid to arrive but it turns out that it’s the father they’ve been waiting for. It’s kind of a twist that goes unnoticed but once you do, it just makes it more beautiful.

  • jellypeaches

    Thank you for this lovely review. I really like this song because it stands our from the rest.

    Was wondering why you didn’t mention Taemin vocal together with the rest. Personally I think his vocal improved so much that it is starting to outshine many. His voice is so suitable for ballad, very smoothing and captivating.

    I heard Minho has great vocal too.. hope to hear more from him next time.

    In all, SHINee is such a great band that each of them is so talented and unique that it is so hard not to love them all. :)

  • jellypeaches

    Thank you for this lovely review. I really like this song because it stands our from the rest.

    Was wondering why you didn’t mention Taemin vocal together with the rest. Personally I think his vocal improved so much that it is starting to outshine many. His voice is so suitable for ballad, very smoothing and captivating.

    I heard Minho has great vocal too.. hope to hear more from him next time.

    In all, SHINee is such a great band that each of them is so talented and unique that it is so hard not to love them all. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anna-Hendrick/100003617013790 Anna Hendrick

    Yes, This is not SHINee’s first Ballad.. They had have some Ballad Songs as mentioned by fellow friends below..^ ^.  All their Ballad Songs are very Nice and Marvelous Like their Voices/Vocals..Not to mention their Dance Songs..!!  Anyway, Thanks for the review.. :)

  • KrisMyStar

    I’m so proud of my SHINee boys :) This was a lovely music video that has easily become one of my favorites. Props for SM (or rather their Japanese company) for giving them such a great music video!

  • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

    I’ve heard that there was going to be a longer version of the MV…?

    Can I just say, SHINee has sung some excellent ballads? “Quasimodo”, “Obsession”, “One”, “Y.O.U.”, “Yi Si Ella Fuera”, “Romantic”, “The Reason”, “Honestly”, “Life”…so many good songs. >__<

    • girlatsea

      I agree. It’s shame they usually get stuck with some really weak singles. I wish they could showcase their vocals more.

    • Gaya_SB

      yeah, it’s at the link Mark gave at the end of the review, and it’s going live in an hour!!!

      *Shawol mode ACTIVATE!*

      • SB_Mark

        “The Uploader has not made this available in your country.” So much for that. And since when did SHINee get a VEVO?

  • http://twitter.com/PlumAusten Plum Austen

    I have always liked SHINee and as I think about all that I have read about them in SB  and the comments from the SB readers, (I don’t really check out any other K-POP site actually), I have often felt that they are perceived as this rather bland, average, risk-averse group lying somewhere between absolute brilliance and total failure. In layman terms, I think they are like the middle child in a family, or or the quiet student in the classroom – often overlooked or underestimated. I wonder how SHINee would have fared had they been with any other company but SME boasting of the formidable pantheon idols – TVXQ, Super Junior, SNSD. 

    I loved this Japanese ballad.Given good music pieces and exposed to less of the manufactured idol process, I am sure they can tap into the full extent of their potential. SM also needs to market them differently from TVXQ or SuJu. And my personal wish: Please, no more quasi-risque images. And let them shine through their music – not those ghastly, eye-ball rupturing clothes.

  • http://twitter.com/PlumAusten Plum Austen

    I have always liked SHINee and as I think about all that I have read about them in SB  and the comments from the SB readers, (I don’t really check out any other K-POP site actually), I have often felt that they are perceived as this rather bland, average, risk-averse group lying somewhere between absolute brilliance and total failure. In layman terms, I think they are like the middle child in a family, or or the quiet student in the classroom – often overlooked or underestimated. I wonder how SHINee would have fared had they been with any other company but SME boasting of the formidable pantheon idols – TVXQ, Super Junior, SNSD. 

    I loved this Japanese ballad.Given good music pieces and exposed to less of the manufactured idol process, I am sure they can tap into the full extent of their potential. SM also needs to market them differently from TVXQ or SuJu. And my personal wish: Please, no more quasi-risque images. And let them shine through their music – not those ghastly, eye-ball rupturing clothes.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R5BKARJWK7NNOXYOIUSP76YJW4 Aj

    I love this song but I was putting off watching the mv thinking it’s going to be spooky. But I love it when I saw it, I find it very touching.I’ve always known Shinee is talented, they are just too under the radar.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R5BKARJWK7NNOXYOIUSP76YJW4 Aj

    I love this song but I was putting off watching the mv thinking it’s going to be spooky. But I love it when I saw it, I find it very touching.I’ve always known Shinee is talented, they are just too under the radar.

  • Marionne S

    Thanks for the review! I only understood about half the plot beforehand and having been able to watch it again with a greater understanding, it’s become that much more moving. 

    MV: There are definitely some really nice visual moments in the MV, from Shinee’s “Death Inc.” outfits with their trinkets to the scene with the balloons. I think it’s a really strong MV and it’s unfortunate that now I’m going to be eternally craving MVs with a plot from SME artists…..which is like not good since it’ll rarely happen hmm…

    Song: I absolutely adore this song. Beautiful vocals from Shinee which of course is not new or surprising, but the momentum in this ballad just keeps your emotions up and pokes at your heartstrings when you hear it. ALSO, Minho not having the least solo vocal activity? This like NEVER happens….. Okay, that’s not fair since he gets to rap, but aside from rapping, I always wish he had more opportunities to sing. One of the best thing about ballads is that he gets that chance. Don’t get me wrong, I’m part of (what feels like) the rare breed who is fond of Minho’s rap (listen to Run with Me – I really wish they hadn’t taken down all the live versions on youtube), but one of my favourite things about DBSK (5x version) is that they all brought equal amounts of vocals to the group. It would be great for even more songs that have room to cater for Minho’s voice as well. I can only hope that Shinee become like that one day! That and you know, getting enough exposure in SME considering how brilliant they are….
    End mini rant. Can’t wait to see this live!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gmaretta Geka Maretta

    deeeeeeeeeeep

  • FlaminMinho

    This MV is very Japanese. I am not sure about it. I think this Korean band should just be Korean. That’s what made them appealing to fans in Japan in the first place. The Japanese want to eat Korean food, and they are being offered sushi. 

    This MV is quite grim. It’s hard to understand what’s going on. Also, the music … I didn’t like it. I think they should do what they do best. Catchy fast-paced, light-hearted songs, sexy dance moves. It doesn’t seem to be them – it seems like some producer thought everything up and put the SHINee members in as actors and they just went along with it. 

    I like their ballads like “Graze”. Graze is so romantic and soft and beautiful. It’s one of my favorite songs of theirs. I don’t know why they don’t make it a main song on their album. The movie sequence at the beginning of “Romantic” where each member talks and reveals their inner thoughts and reflections is well-done. If they want to go in this direction, these sorts of ballads and MVs is the way to do it. It seemed deeper than their normal stuff, without it being too contrived, like the 1000 Years thing.  

    I hope they don’t too much of these arty MVs. And come back to Korea soon and make more of their fun songs.

    • Kyana512

      ” I think this Korean band should just be Korean. That’s what made them appealing to fans in Japan in the first place. The Japanese want to eat Korean food, and they are being offered sushi. ”
      I’m going to have to disagree with this statement. I think it’s greatly appreciated in Japan when a Korean artist that they like comes over and produces new material in Japanese. Of course they started off liking a K-pop group and their Korean songs, but I think when material is produce that is made specifically for the Japanese fans then it is liked even more. 

  • Jenny Hua

    I really want to see the full MV, but I missed it Q_Q Anyone know where I could see it now?

  • Gail Sinclair

    Ah, ‘SHAWOL’ is a shortened version of ‘shinee world’. The reason there is an ‘a’ in it is that when writing ‘shinee’ in hangul (샤이니) the best you can get sounds like ‘shya-ee-nee’
    So there is an ‘a’ sound instead of an ‘I’ but it would sound pretty weird if it was ‘shiwol’ anyways xD