SHINee – Sherlock

March 19, 2012 at 5:49 PM | Posted in SHINee | 3 Comments

SHINee – Sherlock

1. Sherlock (Clue + Note) (셜록)
2. Clue
3. Note
4. 알람시계 (Alarm Clock)
5. The Reason
6. 낯선자 (Stranger)
7. 늘 그 자리에 (Honesty)

♦ ♦ ♦

Sherlock is the fourth mini-album by South-Korean boy group SHINee, it was released on March 21, 2012.

Sherlock (Clue + Note) (셜록) is such a fierce song, and the very beginning gives me such a good feeling when Minho whispers ‘SHINee is back, SHINee is back‘. The title song appears to be a ‘hybrid mix’ between Clue and Note so I’ll probably hear some elements again in the next two songs. This first track is made up from pretty cool beats and a grand arrangement with lots of high pitched synths and brassy elements and the boys sounds great in the chorus. SHINee really is back!

Did I say ‘some elements’? Clue is the very same song, no changes whatsoever… Okay I heard some new parts but the entire arrangement was the very same (synths and brassy and such). The ending is the only thing that is a little different and I really liked the whispered rap part, but it was a little too recognizeable.

The same things count for Note, a little TOO recognizeable and no changes made in the arrangement at all.

Finally some new material after three times the same song. 알람시계 (Alarm Clock) is a smooth ballad song with a little beat to it. There’s a funny riff during the intro and I just can’t figure out what instrument it is, but it doesn’t matter anyway. The funky distorted guitar riffs and nice strings arrangement make this song the first memorable one on this mini-album to be honest. It’s a bit of the ‘same old’ stuff, but at least it has a unique arrangement and I really like it.

I like how Taemin opens The Reason accompanied by a soft electric guitar. This track is another ballad and it’s slower paced than the previous. I also like it a little better because it appears to be more emotional and the arrangement is close to perfection with some strings, percussion and a really great electric guitar solo. Actually, I believe this is one of the best ballads the group ever released ❤

낯선자 (Stranger), oh how original. NOT. This track was the bonus track on their Japanese debut album ‘The First’. Still it’s nice to finally hear the Korean version, I already liked the Japanese. This track takes the mini-album to a more uptempo part after two ballads and I like the aggressive synth arrangement while SHINee chants ‘oh lalalala‘ in the chorus. Very good song to dance to.

늘 그 자리에 (Honesty) is a nice bouncy acoustic guitar ballad, very simple and sweet. The boys from SHINee all have really good voices, and each one of them manages to stand out thanks to the simplicity of the arrangement. Key was the big star in this song with the best vocals that fit the ambience best of all. In my opinion, this is a great way to close the mini-album, another lovely track.

Thank god things got better after Note, because I was afraid everything was going to sound alike. But again, SHINee came with a great mixture of electropop, R&B and pop ballads, the exact things they do best. It’s a pity they started with a song that is made up from the next two, because you kinda get the idea you’re listening to the same song three times in a row. The other four songs were all pretty much masterpieces, especially The Reason and 늘 그 자리에 (Honesty). I only found out about this mini-album today, but in fact I’m glad I did!


4 stars



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  1. Can someone tell me, what is the purpose of “Clue” and “Note” when there is “Sherlock”? It kind of bugs me. Two other songs could have gone on this mini album! But, apart from that and “Honesty” (not a fan of that one), this is almost perfection…but not quite…just almost.

    • That’s something I have been wondering about too, never quite grasped the idea of what it all meant. But hey, at least we have Sherlock just like you said 😉

      • If I ever find out the purpose behind “Clue” and “Note”, I’ll definitely let you know! 😉

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