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.
Fans were treated to a preview of Marry You at the end of last month. And though it didn’t really point toward the album’s eventual sound, it reaffirmed the strength of SHINee’s vocals. To me, this kind of song feels more like a palette cleanser than a highlight, and because of this I’m surprised it’s placed so early in Don’t Call Me’s running order. It’s a perfectly satisfying mid-tempo – even groovy at times – but far from the album’s best track.
Marry You’s highlight is its soulful chorus. I love the tug of the melody, as if SHINee’s voices are being pulled upward by some outside force. It’s incredibly smooth, but a sense of tension keeps it interesting. Unfortunately, I tend to find any song about marriage relentlessly sappy, which makes Marry You difficult to fully embrace. What can I say? I guess I’m not the sentimental type.
Still, there’s no arguing with that knockout vocal blend. SHINee’s falsetto is layered for maximum effect, and the result will steal your breath. And even though there’s not much to the song beyond that (the verses are pretty forgettable), this irresistible glide makes for a thrilling centerpiece that brings Marry You‘s concept to life.