[Review] Cold – Key (SHINee) ft. Hanhae

It has been a while since I have reviewed an SM Station track, so it is time to get back to those very special singles and collaborations. This week, we have Key (from SHINee) gracing our screens and music apps with Cold. The song features Hanhae, a well-known South Korean rapper who actually enlisted into the military in the past week. Key previously made his solo debut at the end of last year with One Of Those Nights and you can read my review for his solo debut by clicking the link. But let’s continue on with the review for Cold.

Cold is an R&B track that feels reminiscent of the R&B sound that artists like Crush and Heize have released previously. The song doesn’t seem to be that memorable in my books. There are a number of reasons why I think that. Key presents us with a nice voice in the song but it isn’t as capturing as Heize or Crush’s husky or raspy tone when it comes to their own solo work. The instrumental feels very standard and doesn’t offer anything interesting. There is some soft electronic piano featured throughout the song which did make the song slightly appealing. But that wasn’t enough to really consolidate its overall appeal. It isn’t all bad news though as the song is still pleasantly sound and Hanhae’s rapping did attract some more attention towards the song. I wouldn’t mind listening to it every now and then. Just constant replaying will bore me out of it even more and I wouldn’t personally go out of my way to find the song.

The music video revolves around Key as an artist and that he has fallen in love with a certain camerawoman or director of the music video that he is shooting within the music video. I guess he becomes so invested in his interest that he forgets what is there for and continues to have the video filmed despite all the staff members cleaning up behind him. I thought that was an interesting way to show that his crush wasn’t interested. I liked how they shot everything used vintage cameras and the vintage filter that was applied to the scenes. I found that the music video was suitable for the song, overall but equally as dry as the song.

Song – 6/10
Music Video – 7/10
Overall Rating – 6.4/10

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[Review] Baby U – Hoya ft. Hanhae

And now we return to the catching up phase of the week as there are a few more reviews I want to get done. This review is for Hoya’s latest single, Baby U, which was released during the week. For those who don’t remember. Hoya departed from Infinite last year and made his solo debut with Angel and All Eyes On Me earlier this year.

For Baby U, he takes a different approach with the song. However, it remains neatly within the vicinity of All Eyes On Me. Baby U is described as a pop R&B track. And personally, I think this is his best song yet. Mainly because the song was quite catchy around the chorus. It is simply some repetition but it is done in a way that feels nice and laid-back. The instrumentation wasn’t that special, while Hoya’s voice was nice in this song (though I am still not too sure about his vocal approach). Hanhae features in the song but it felt too short. I feel like the song could have been extended. The ending felt incomplete and this could have provided a chance to Hanhae to have a longer sequence, which could have added some energy to the song. It is good and I like the song. Just some things could have been better.

I liked the music video for this release. We see the love story between Hoya and a friend’s friend (played by Kriesha Chu) come to life. It is shot in a home-style format, which I thought was rather interesting as another friend was documenting their love life. In the end, we see the two of them in a club and this incorporated some choreography into the video in a very smart way.

Song – 7/10
Music Video – 8/10
Overall Rating – 7.4/10