SHINee will release a new edition of their 3rd album titled The Misconceptions of Us on August 8.
The new edition, binding SHINee’s 3rd album Chapter 1 ‘Dream Girl-The misconceptions of you’ with Chapter 2 ‘Why So Serious?-The misconceptions of me’, includes two new songs, ‘Selene 6.23’ and ‘Better Off’.
Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of SHINee’s 3rd album showed contrasting feels of music with distinctive concepts, colors, and stories. The bound edition of the album, praised for its completeness, is expected to deliver a variety of emotions and feels. It is also designed to contribute to SHINee’s efforts to clear up ‘misconceptions’ and communicate with fans. SHINee members participated in the album design through their own drawings.
‘Selene 6.23’ is a ballad song that mixes SHINee’s touching voices into the harmony of orchestra and piano. New Age pianist Iruma participated in the song. ‘Better Off’ is a pop ballad song with medium-tempo melody and impressive lyrics that deliver the sad feelings of break-up beautifully. Jonghyun participated in writing both songs’ lyrics.
[Source: http://www.newsen.com/news_view.php?uid=201308011016410310 | trans by jujugal]
I still need more time to get used to THAT face on the bound edition album jacket. I just LOL whenever I see it. Can’t help it. All kinds of questions swarm in my head: Is SME testing shawols’ loyalty with THAT? How can it ‘clear up misconceptions’ and help SHINee communicate with fans? If it is drawn by SHINee members as said in the blurb, what do they want to tell us by putting it on the album jacket? Are they asking whether fans could love SHINee even without all the glamorous embellishments? even when SHINee got old and wrinkled? Is this a gesture to show SHINee is not just one of the pretty idols?
Then this inevitable question: Is this a good selling strategy for a group whose position is still “idol” however much praised “artist-like”? for a group with fans buying 10, 20, or a lot more copies to support?
Enlighten me with your views and insights! Anyway, I’m very excited about the two new songs. Curious what ‘Selene 6.23′ means (its Korean title=’Distance between You and Me’) and how it fits in with the other songs. Is ‘Better Off’ (Korean title=’Leave Me and Get Away’) about a change of heart after ‘Sleepless Night’? Hope to see them perform any of these on music programs even just for a week.