SHINee came back with their second mini album, Romeo and I was excited to get more music from them. Then, they released their concept pictures and I wanted to throw something at their stylist. Dressing up like a little kid isn’t “fashion”, it’s tacky. Anyway, I decided to listen to the album despite their choice of clothing.
The album starts ë‹ˆê°€ ë§˜ì— ë“¤ì–´/Talk to Me, with Key spelling out SHINee over percussion. Then Â a short rap from Minho. The electric piano is infectious over the random English thrown into the bridge. Â Following is the worst song from them, Juliette, that used the instrumental of High School Musical star Corbin Bleu’s Deal With It. I didn’t like Corbin’s Deal with it and I don’t like Juliette. I known Jonghyun wrote the lyrics, but this was kinda lazy on their part. Why couldn’t they just write a new song that wouldn’t get ‘Hey Â isn’t that Corbin Bleu’s song?’ on every video?
They cover Marques Houston’s Case of You, titled ì°¨ë¼ë¦¬ ë•Œë ¤/Hit Me. I do like Â SHINee’s version only because there’s no autotune and it has more of an R&B sound. Â Just like the title, Senorita has some Spanish flare with Key leading the track with a little Spanish.Jonhyun and Onew share a duet, ìž ê¼¬ëŒ€/Please Don’t Go. I really like the fact that Jonghyun wasn’t screaming all over the place and let Onew have some of the spotlight. The album ends with ì†Œë…„, ì†Œë…€ë¥¼ ë§Œë‚˜ë‹¤/Romeo + Juliette, a laid back track with little autotune.
This isn’t the best from SHINee but the mini album does have a few gems; Senorita and Please, Don’t Go are my favorites. I give this mini a 3.5/5. Could’ve been better and the concept wasn’t my cup of tea.