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SHINee DON’T CALL ME: In-Depth Album Review – Attention

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.


1. Don’t Call Me // 2. Heart Attack // 3. Marry You // 4. CØDE // 5. I Really Want You // 6. Kiss Kiss // 7. Body Rhythm // 8. Attention // 9. Kind


Attention

For me, this is where Don’t Call Me starts to become a little more generic. But, the album has been so strong up to this point, so that doesn’t mean that songs like Attention are bad. Quite the opposite, actually. Its nimble electropop fits SHINee well, and sounds as if it could have been part of their 2016 album 1 Of 1.

Built around a slinky beat and whistled hook, Attention is incredibly smooth. I think I’ve mentioned before how I dislike whistling hooks, and that might play a part in my hesitance when it comes to this song. But, Attention has a nice, sprightly energy to it. As usual, SHINee’s effortless vocals steer the entire thing, culminating in a wispy hook that sees their falsetto layered to create a satisfying texture.

Attention’s understated groove makes me picture a smoky jazz bar, even though the song is anything but jazz. It has a sense of laidback cool to it, which befits an idol group of SHINee’s stature. But although it makes for a solid late-album track, it’s not one I would search out often on its own.

 Hooks 8
 Production 8
 Longevity 8
 Bias 8
 RATING 8


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15 thoughts on “SHINee DON’T CALL ME: In-Depth Album Review – Attention

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  7. This song is actually probably in the top half of my favorites from the album. For me, it comes across as a mix of “Romance” from Odd and “Feel Good” from 1of1.

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    • I feel the same. It’s my least favorite song on an absolutely stellar album, so it’s still a good song. The first part of the post-chorus really stands out as the best part.

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  8. This is actually my favorite track on the album right now. I adore that post chorus hook, and I love that it’s first sung by Onew, then Taemin, then Key. The different vocal textures within groups is a big reason why I seek out Kpop, so the tradeoff of that hook is something I love.

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  10. This is in my top 3 of the album. Idk how you can hear this song and think “generic” but… to each their own I guess.

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