[Star of the Week] [Song Review] Shinhwa Flies Across the Runway with ′This Love′
When Shinhwa said it would be making a return with the most shocking choreography ever, it really meant it. Behind all the mind-spinning vogue poses and triangle crotches, however, is the song that made this concept possible in the first place.
This Love, written by the Andrew Jackson team that wrote Shinhwa its previous promotional single Venus, is an electronic track with a fizz that would blow away the sweat on your backs even in hot weather.
As they were written by the same team, Venus and This Love definitely share some characteristics. Both suddenly dip into a calm reverie at some point, and rap parts are used as a bridge while the accompaniment revs up for a full on explosion at their ends.
Despite the qualities the two songs share, This Love has things Venus doesn′t: a big push in the basses and a resultant runway twist.
Both songs share a certain dreamlike quality, but Venus tries to establish its mood with an emptiness rooted in the song′s constantly changing bass line, while This Love leaves it up to the Shinhwa members′ vocals to set the mood as the deep electronics boom on.
The echoing piano sounds fall like droplets, while the sudden change in mood at the end also adds a light touch, coming back to leave thoughts hanging in a neat wrap.
The choruses instead fall heavy, making the song not too light nor too sluggish.
This Love seems to be all about ′stylishness′, and Shinhwa definitely seems to have picked this up for its performance routine. All we have left to do now is watch on as Shinhwa unfolds its own take on combining catwalks and dance.
Photo credit: Shinhwa Company