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.
Ah, the reflective, slower-paced moment that often comes at the end of an album. So much of Don’t Call Me is upbeat, so it’s actually kind of nice to hear something a bit more subdued as its finale. It helps that Kind is quite strong on its own accords.
The track opens with a beautiful a cappella introduction. This is an example of effective vocal processing, and lends the performance an otherworldly quality that instantly paints texture and tone that the rest of the song will build upon. The melody is quite nice, with a satisfying drive during the verses and surging blast of emotion at the chorus. The production is pretty restrained, but builds layers as Kind goes on. The backing vocals are especially effective during the song’s climax. They expand the sonic palette without feeling overly grandiose.
Though the energy is different, Kind reminds me a lot of Taemin’s 2 Kids from last year. As such, it’s getting a similar rating. This general style isn’t really for me, but I think it’s important to include moments like this on albums. Not only does it give the listener a chance to breathe between more bombastic songs, but it helps spotlight SHINee’s unrivaled versatility and artistry.