'View' Is SHINee's 'Beautiful Night' (And That's Not a Bad Thing)
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I know that “Fiction” is technically B2ST‘s best single. There’s just no denying it. But even though I accept that fact, my favourite B2ST hit will always be “Beautiful Night” from their follow up album, Midnight Sun.

The dance-pop production isn’t inventive and it’s not dripping in melancholy like all of B2ST’s touching ballads are, but what “Beautiful Night” does have going for it is pure euphoria. It’s a feel-good anthem that instantly lifts my mood and makes me want to party the second it comes on.

The new SHINee single, “View,” is a lot like that.

I already suspected that SHINee titling their new album Odd would probably result in a few conventional choices since that’s how it always goes with anything that obvious, but despite the lack of danger, “View” is nothing to turn your nose up at.

“View” taps into the ’90s nostalgia wave that’s currently dominating K-pop this year, with pulsating vintage dance beats, some UK garage, and Italo house piano courtesy of rising production team LDN Noise. There’s a restrained exhilaration to it, as if SHINee’s having a blast but they’re too cool to show you just how good of a time they’re having. (This isn’t a surprise from SHINee, possibly the coolest boy band on the planet.)

The MV is a perfect reflection of the song in that merges visuals from modern EDM videos, like Tiesto’s “Red Light” (which SISTAR literally plagiarized last year), with foggy ’90s visuals that look like something Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch would’ve done back in the day.

The plot has something to do with a bunch of white Sports Illustrated models kidnapping SHINee to go screw and party. I can certainly think of worse ways to spend an afternoon.

I don’t think “View” is going to replace “Beautiful Night” as my go-to feel-good K-pop banger, but it’s still one hell of a summer jam that’ll have you dancing your ass off and driving with the top down for the next few months.

As expected, it’s another inescapable bop from SHINee, who along with TVXQ and BIGBANG remain the gold standard for modern Korean boy bands. There’s been some strong contenders over the past few years, but nobody’s come close to toppling the trinity yet.

  • Bruno

    My god, this song is AWESOME. I can’t even.

    • Bruno

      I could do without those horrid red velvet haircuts, though*

  • Riley Biers

    Minho can fucking get it in this MV..

  • i’m in love with the whole album

  • KingBeaArthur

    “View” is utterly brilliant! I’ve had it (and “Odd”) on repeat since the album dropped. It really feels like the type of song only SHINee could pull off – definitely in SM, but I’ll bravely state for the record: in all K-Pop!

    The mv is good; the plot is fine, I guess. This was, honestly, one of those times I would’ve been elated with just a straight dance/beauty mv! I need to see that choreography in its full glory!!!

  • I know it’s always lame to point this stuff out, but I think the models are actually Thai. Which is pretty cool, b/c when is the last time a kpop video used pretty south asian women? Especially when they make up a big part of the kpop fan base.

  • jizabel

    Minho looks like an early 80’s L.A. houseboy in this mv and I LIVE for it omfg

    • He SO does lmao! He can get it even though my bias is Dino

      • I’m sorry but Minho now has bigger bicep than Dino, how is that possible? What have you *not* done, Jonghyun!?

  • ByronZ

    I’m not physically attracted to Asian men. I love K-Pop basically for its high quality in every sense.

    That being said, I have to admit I have a crush on Minho out of all the male K-Pop Idols <3

  • Dhruv Angrup

    Arguably the best single from SM this year so far after ice cream cake :)
    mv was nice but it needed better editing

  • Carol S

    The models in the video are not white and it irks me that everyone keeps saying so. The video is set in Thailand and those girls don’t look remotely white (no offense white girls) and it’s a big deal because it usually is white girls or pale Korean girls, but here we have tan Thai girls which is awesome.

    • hanah

      Are they thai girls? cuz when i watched thailand drama, the girls look like korean/japanesse/chinesse. I dont think the girls in View are thai.

      • Carol S

        Nope they are Thai. This was confirmed by Thai fans and one is a model there who is getting quite popular. Since they filmed in Thailand they chose Thai models and the fans there confirmed it long before the video came out because they were very excited. It’s easy to tell to me because I know a lot of Thai people. The models in View have beautiful natural tans which isn’t hugely popular in South Korea where most actresses and models are praised for having pale skin. Their facial features are different as well.

        • hanah

          Ahh i got it. I just knew shinee filmed mv in thai not about models. And I dont really know that thai has natural tans models. Cuz many my friends shared me many thai drama or thai movie which the girls have pale skin.
          actually i prefer natural tans models. Their eyes really beauty (i mean View models). Im glad shinee got natural tans model cuz yah im little bored with pale skin.
          can you tell me that who is model that getting quite popular? Im really curious. I think i like them hihihhi xD

          • Carol S

            The one getting popular is the one who has all the photos with them. With the pretty eyes :) Her name is Yolanda Thein (she has an instagram) and the other actresses name is Cherlyn Wagstaffe

        • disqus_qnJiwqFrtW

          Apparently Yolanda is half Burmese and half Swiss? I’m not sure if the other models are biracial, though.

  • Leonardo Henrique

    more like mmmmmmmmmho