Enough of you asked for it, and who am I to deny? It’s time to dive deep into SHINee’s long-awaited comeback album Don’t Call Me, track-by-track.
Don’t Call Me (the album) is not what you’d expect from its title track. While Don’t Call Me (the song) has a heaviness in keeping with K-pop’s current love of hulking beats underlined by skittering hi-hats, most everything else is light on its feet with a real sense of life to it. This has always been my preferred SHINee sound, so I couldn’t be happier with many of the b-sides. It’s just a shame that the group didn’t stick to their strengths and choose a different track to promote. There are at least three songs on here that have made stunning singles.
One of these is Heart Attack – perhaps the closest to a “classic SHINee sound” that the album gets. Its synth-heavy instrumental and explosive performance draw from my favorite SHINee era – the 2012-13 Sherlock/Misconceptions/Everybody years. Heart Attack would have fit right in, and instantly welcomes back long-time fans with the sound many of us have been craving.
The first thing you’ll notice is the track’s throbbing bassline. Instantly, we’re greeted by a rhythm that pulls deeply from funk. Nudges of guitar add to the exciting brew, and SHINee’s vocals make a nimble companion to the groove. The pre-chorus builds drama before we crash into the chorus. The synth textures here are thrilling, and propel the track forward with dancefloor drive. The new generation of idol acts could learn a thing or two!
This being a SHINee dance track, there are surprises around every corner. I especially love the filtered scratch that interrupts the second verse, and the squiggle of synths that offer a funky fill as we move from pre-chorus to chorus. From start to finish, Heart Attack is firing on all cylinders. It’s a good reminder of how fantastic idol groups can be.