Shinhwa: My Choice

Shinhwa - not my own choice(January 2002)

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My choice is a compilation of the highlights from Shinhwa’s first four albums, and so is a good place to start for those unfamiliar with one of Korea’s popular and longest-lived boy bands.

One of the more peculiar numbers is T.O.P. (Twinkling of Paradise), a reinterpretation of a famous Tchaikovsky melody, together with some rapping and some strange pinging noises. More fun is Wild Eyes:

I’ll spare you the toe-curlingly corny (and not terribly in-tune) First Love; and the ridiculous mix of All Your Dreams which starts with an extract from Walter Carlos’s switched-on Bach.

Nothing objectionable, but nothing to make me want to come back to this disk.

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