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Taemin's ACE mini album review

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After becoming a full-fledged SHINee fan I spent most of August being excited about youngest member Taemin's solo debut. But first of all, I can't get over how weird this EP's cover is. The bubbles in front of Taemin's face make it look like he has a white beard and a glowing blue eye. Anyway, "Ace" was first previewed in a short video and I immediately fell in love with this R&B slow jam. It took me a bit longer to warm up to the dance title track "Danger", since I feel it should've had less whisper-talking and more singing. But after watching the MV a few times too many I was hooked (I especially like the bbambbambbam part). "Pretty Boy" feat. EXO's Kai is a fun song with elements of rock, while "Experience" has a catchy opening melody and verse. "Play Me" is another slow track and I was expecting it to build up to something, but after the second chorus it doesn't go anywhere and just ends in a lackluster way. In contrast, "Wicked" plays it up with the dominant brass section and has a nice culminating point.

Objectively speaking, Taemin does not have the best vocals in SHINee and some songs like "Ace" fit his voice better than other numbers. While listening I also get the feeling that some tracks would've sounded better with the addition of the other members' voices. However, it needs to be remembered that when this kid first debuted in SHINee he didn't even have any solo lines in the title song. I think this mini album and Taemin's performances of the songs in it show how far he has progressed and, at the same time, how much potential he still has to further improve. 8/10

Favorites: Ace, 괴도 (Danger), Pretty Boy
Okay ones: 거절할게 (Wicked), Experience
Kinda meh: 소나타 (Play Me)

Comments

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haebin
Sep. 30th, 2014 10:36 am (UTC)
I lived your review. :)
I have the album on my external harddrive but I still didn't listen to it. I am always so incredible behind with everything. :|
carmine_pink
Oct. 1st, 2014 10:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D I've been catching up on older SHINee releases as well. Some songs are really good and I was like, why didn't I listen to these sooner?
haebin
Oct. 5th, 2014 11:32 am (UTC)
...why didn't I listen to these sooner?

I have this thought everytime I listen to older stuff which was released a year before. ^^
pochi_k
Feb. 13th, 2015 10:43 pm (UTC)
i didn't know you were into SHINee now c:
hi! remember me? i saw your username and how you wrote a jongtae fic and thought i'll said hi

jongtae is my otp from shinee, btw. also, i agree with your favorites from ace! i only listen to those 3 songs from that mini

anyway, nice seeying you around!
carmine_pink
Feb. 18th, 2015 11:13 am (UTC)
Hi! XD Yeah, since seeing SHINee at a concert last year they have pulled me in slowly but surely. Nice to hear we like the same songs from the mini.

Jongtae is awesome. And your icon is <3

Good to see you too! :)
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