Saturday, August 22, 2015

SHINee's 'Married To The Music' Just Became My Favorite Song Of the Year

A few weeks ago, I wrote a review of the song saying it was good but not as good as "View," but things have changed in those few weeks ... a lot.

It's been years since a boy group took the #1 spot on my favorite songs list, and outside of BTS's "No More Dream" taking my top spot in 2013, almost never. But SHINee may change that for this year because "Married To The Music" is the shit.

I guess you could say I've been drinking the Shawol kool-aid. 

On paper, "Married To The Music" ain't nothing special. Boy groups doing the '70s disco funk theme for a song is nothing new or original. But there is something about "MTTM" that is making me love it.

I take the train to and from work, and along the way I like to read. Since people who ride the trains in Chicago suck and are either blasting their own terrible music with those portable speakers or talking at an uncomfortable volume, I enjoy plugging in and listening to my own playlist. And that playlist soon became "Married To The Music" being replayed over and over again.

I think what makes me love it is how busy it is. While most songs like this just loop the same guitar riffs for three plus minutes, "MTTM" takes twist and turns hitting synths here and there, using those warbles instruments to build (which adds a modern touch), and cheering and tons of low vocal harmonization that sounds good making it just overall a very dark-yet-exciting song without sounding jarring or forced. Hell, I'd even go as far as to say the verses are right on par with the chorus as they keep my attention just as much as the chorus does. I've been replaying the living shit out of this song lately, and it hasn't gotten boring or old yet.

At first, the main thing that stood out to me was the music video, because it's awesome and there is loads of Onew screen time toward the end. But now it's just purely the song. Yes, songs like this have tenancy to be generic, but this takes some risks and they're good risks.

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