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)