Just weeks after Key launched his first album, SHINee bandmate Onew dropped his debut EP, Voice, on Wednesday (Dec. 5). He is the fourth member of the quintet to place out a solo album.
The seven-track album is a testomony to Onew’s expressive vocals, with sentimental pop ballads sitting beside each other. It is fronted by the one “Blue,” an emotive, musical theater-esque monitor about loneliness with sweeping verses and melancholic, orchestral instrumentals.
The music was launched by a music video that closely leans into the title, bathing Onew in shades of blue as he ruminates on being alone amid a stormy scenescape. As he sings, the Ok-pop star interacts with a wide range of objects and blindfolded folks earlier than a glowing gem finds its strategy to him and brings some mild into his residence.
“Blue” is adopted on the album by the comfortable jazz of “Your Scent” and the mellow pop music “Under the Starlight.” The EP’s fourth monitor, “Sign,” brings in a slight shift with its vibrant, groovy, mid-tempo melody. It leads right into a rock-slanted trio, starting with the ballad “Illusion” and the restrained, acoustic guitar-oriented “Shine on You,” each that includes lyrics written by Onew. The album closes with the reflective pop-rock styling of “Timepiece.”
Onew, born Lee Jinki, debuted as a member of SHINee in 2008 below SM Entertainment. One of their major vocalists, the launch of Voice comes within the act's 10th 12 months, and precedes Onew's enlistment in South Korea’s navy and an impending hiatus of round two years from his work within the leisure business.
Watch the music video for “Blue” beneath.