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K-Pop Songs of the Summer: SHINee- View*

Updated: 23 hours ago



Over time, the K-Pop Review community has grown from a few individuals into a full subset of the internet. Now, TheBiasList, Kbopped, 10/10 - Music, Hallyureviews, Jei’s Kulture Notes, Deforested Music, A Floating Realm in the Corner, 8.5 Music, and Kpopreviewed are working together, to create a series, where we review our favorite K-Pop summer song.


Be sure to check out everyone’s posts in the links below!


10/10 - Music

Blueraspberrysyrup

Kbopped

Jei’s Kulture Notes

Hallyureviews

8.5 Music

Kpopreviewed

Deforested Music

The Bias List

 

Before the review, I appreciate 10/10 - Music for inviting me to this collaboration. I think this community of K-Pop bloggers is essential to K-Pop, as it serves the purpose of critiquing the genre we love, hoping that people from the industry can somehow stumble across one of our blogs and read the reviews. At least, that's what I hope.


In any case, this community is a haven for us to voice our own opinions without putting each other down. Sure, we can disagree on a song, but we're not conforming to any stereotypical trait of a toxic K-Pop fan. It's a healthy environment that offers constructive input about the genre/industry.


With all of that said, let's move on to my review!

 

When I first read we're doing a summer-theme K-Pop collaboration, I was stuck on which song to review. I don't have a K-Pop summer favorite yet!


There are a lot of candidates I could've picked - BTS' Dope, Super Junior's Devil, Red Velvet's Red Flavor, etc. I could've been obvious and chosen one of Sistar's summer hits. The list of songs to review is endless!


That's when SHINee's View came into play.


When thinking about what makes a song perfect for summer, I imagine the vocals and instrumental to sound lively, expecting a brass instrument inserted. A summer song should be perfect for loudspeakers, played on the beach for people to jump up and down.


However, View is the opposite of what I described.


When hearing View, I imagine walking to a bar on a hazy summer evening. Once I enter, the song starts playing, gradually getting people's attention one by one with its build-up. When the chorus arrives, people start grooving, not resisting View's incredible hook. As a shy person, I also love to get into action. Therefore, I drink alcohol until I'm slightly drunk, allowing me to be more open and dance the evening away without any worries.


That's the scenario that comes to mind when listening to View.


What makes it so irresistible? It doesn't bring the same intensity as some of the other K-Pop summer songs. To understand its value, let's go in-depth with its production.

 

Intro

The track opens up with an infectious synthesizer, setting up a calming, yet striking melody.


First Verse

The first verse is relatively short but provided tight vocal performances from Taemin and Onew. There's nothing massive about this section, yet the breathy deliveries are enticing to listen to.


Pre-Chorus

The pre-chorus picks things up a bit. While Key and Jonghyun offer great vocal melodies, the instrumental is the true backbone here. The ongoing synth from the intro alongside the percussion and rising synth effect makes for an exciting build before the drop.


Chorus

We arrive at View's apex moment.


Compared to previous releases such as Why So Serious, Everybody, Dream Girl, and Sherlock, View presents a more subdued production. Despite not opting for another stadium-like sound, View still impresses with its combination of songwriting and instrumentation.


The repetition of "daun daun daun daun view" is the song's ultimate trump card. I think it's one of the best songwriting for choruses that K-Pop has to offer, presenting itself as a total earworm. The bassline underneath the melody provides a solid foundation for the chorus' appealing nature. It's brilliantly produced!


Post-Chorus

The song gets better with the post-chorus!


While the chorus is dominated by vocals, the post-chorus is all about the synthesizer.


Between the members singing "Neomu areumdaun" and Taemin spewing out three words, the synthesizer comes in to deliver a captivating melody. To add the cherry on top, this section ends with the elusive phrase "daun daun daun daun view".


Second Verse

Just like the first verse, the second verse is also short. Even though it only lasts 15 seconds, Jonghyun and Taemin made sure this section doesn't go to waste by offering vocals that are stout and heavenly.


The main difference I can pinpoint in this section is the addition of the percussion, making this verse livelier than the first. It's a cool little change that doesn't stand out much.


Bridge

The bridge, as always, offers us a chance to take a quick breather. Still, it's hard not to get swept up by the vocal performances of Taemin, Onew, and Jonghyun. Each delivers a sweeping vocal delivery, successfully showing what makes each shine on his own, all the while summing up a cohesive group effort.


Ending

The final 37 seconds of View focus more on the performance aspect of SHINee. It's not as high-energy as some of their other tracks, but its tempo and sound are tight enough to conjure a dance break.


Oh, and this section blesses us with the post-chorus synthesizer. Do I need to explain more?

 

Conclusion

If you compare this to Sherlock and Lucifer, View falls short of delivering something overwhelming. However, it realizes its strength based on the phrase "simple, yet effective". The vocals, songwriting, and instrumental created a K-Pop song that victoriously replicated the deep house genre.

 

Next up is Kpopreviewed. If you are reading this and aren't a part of this collaboration, I don't have any good hints about what song he's reviewing. The only thing I'll say is it came before this song.



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