On Tuesday January 23 the late Kim Jonghyun’s posthumous album Poet | Artist was released to the public. As expected, the singer-songwriter had heavy input on this album as he has had with all of his past albums. 9 out of 11 were written by him alone while eight out of eleven he helped compose and arrange. If you don’t follow SHINee or K-pop you may not know, but Jonghyun has had creative input in SHINee’s music since 2009, just a year after the group’s initial debut.
The album opens with the upbeat melodious lead single “Shinin’” a song that could be described as one perfect for a Saturday morning car ride. An easily enjoyable track and sprinkled with a hint of She Is flavor, Shinin’ is bound to be one you’ll have on repeat.
As the album continues we hear that signature Jonghyun smooth and lovely R&B sound that takes listeners to another place in Grease and Take The Dive.
With Rewind, we get an easy-to-listen-to choppy techno beat with Jonghyun’s sultry vocals on top of it.
This work of art ends with the awe-inspiring ballad Before Our Spring. Even the lyrics shine the light on Jonghyun’s incredible talents as a writer. He was a real poet and artist.
I would recommend this album to anyone I happen to run across who wants something fresh and new to listen to. In my honest opinion, this album is a top contender for his best body of work. Not only does it highlight his deep involvement in the outcome showing how much he loved his work. But also how much he loved his fans. Poet | Artist truly lives up to its name. Thank you, Jonghyun for gifting us with this masterpiece. You worked hard, and you did well.
“We can be together in this space, while being on the other side of the earth. We can be together at any time, not just at 12 o’clock. Physical matters certainly remained indifferent in our space. I only hope for this to never cease. I hope this space that belongs to you & me, be the site for anyone to rest in tranquility. I hope for our memories to rise as reminiscences and embrace you like no other. This is dedicated to those who have created our space together. Thank you”
Please support Jonghyun by purchasing/streaming his album, all revenue made from it will be going to founding a charity by his mother to help those who are in a difficult environment:
If you would like a physical copy, here are some websites where you can purchase it:
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