Jonghyun – “Lonely” Review

(Music Video)

Jonghyun (SHINee) – Lonely (ft. Taeyeon)

Reviewed on December 19, 2017

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For this review, while I will be giving numerical values as per usual, I will not
write the analytical section that elaborates and explains the assigned ratings.
This is, in my view, to respect one of Jonghyun’s musical works in of itself: I
wish to focus less on a critical breakdown of “Lonely” and instead, I desire
readers to simply listen to the song and admire his vocals (and Taeyeon’s) and
his role in also working on the song’s composition. There are, after all, times
where music works—ironically—not in a musical sense, but in an emotional sense. The latter is what I want everyone to focus on for this review.

Edit: This was meant to be posted
yesterday, but due to personal issues—which I will share about in the next
review (though they are utterly minor in comparison to Jonghyun’s situation)—it was delayed. Nevertheless, today is still a time to give our thoughts
to Jonghyun and all those affected as well as to those who also are struggling
with depression.

Personal Message:
This was not how I intended to return
back to reviews after a two month hiatus. There are so many thoughts in my
mind, but first and foremost: I ask readers to keep Jonghyun, his family, and
his friends in your thoughts and prayers. For those unaware of what occurred,
here is a brief summary: Soompi’s article. This is an incredibly tragic
situation, and after reading more about his suicide from various sites, I
cannot help but cry. Even if I was not personally familiar or invested in him
and SHINee, he is still a part of the K-Pop community. Furthermore, I have
always respected him as an artist. And with that, what is perhaps the most
painful aspect about his suicide is how, according to one (potentially
unreliable) source, he felt worthless because of his belief that he lacked
musical talent and skills—a thought that is completely false and unjustified. Certainly
his feelings of sadness and emptiness stem more from just that notion, but
nevertheless, if that thought was true, it is deeply saddening that he did not
see the beauty of his skills—and the beauty of his loving, sweet, hardworking
personality towards members, family, friends, and fans.

Rest in peace, Jonghyun. And of
course, for readers who also feel hopeless, lonely, or worthless, I hope the
truth is realized: everyone is worth
it; you are worth it. “2018 is the year to take of our mental health” is a
phrase my friend has been using, and I feel it is worth emphasizing here as
well. No one deserves to feel depressed and suicidal—talk to others and
professionals for help. Also, take the time to share as much love as possible
to everyone. There is enough negativity in the world, so let us all do our
share of bringing in positivity.

For this review, while I will be
giving numerical values as per usual, I will not write the analytical section
that elaborates and explains the assigned ratings. This is, in my view, to
respect one of Jonghyun’s musical works in of itself: I wish to focus less on a
critical breakdown of “Lonely” and instead, I desire readers to simply listen
to the song and admire his vocals (and Taeyeon’s) and his role in also working
on the song’s composition. There are, after all, times where music
works—ironically—not in a musical sense, but in an emotional sense. The latter
is what I want everyone to focus on for this review. (Furthermore, I also wish
to highlight the music video as it is equally thought-provoking and
tear-inducing.)

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Song Score: 7/10
(6.50/10 raw score) – “Above average”


Vocals: 7/10


Sections: 6/10
(5.83/10 raw score)

Introduction, Verse,
Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge (Chorus), Conclusion

1.     Introduction:
6/10

2.     Verse: 5/10

3.     Pre-Chorus: 5/10

4.     Chorus: 6/10

5.     Bridge (Chorus): 7/10

6.     Conclusion: 6/10


Instrumental: 6/10


Lyrics: 7/10

[Introduction instrumental]

I’m sorry, it’s my fault
Thank you, it’s all thanks to you
These were words you said out of habit
Even though I knew you were struggling too
You probably think I’m a fool
If I say that things are hard with a crying face
Will it truly get better?
If I cry and say it hurts, who will have a harder time?
Everyone will be fine

Maybe we trapped each other
inside our own misunderstandings
No, you don’t understand me
Whenever I see your worried eyes

Baby I’m so lonely so lonely
I feel like I’m alone
When I see you so tired, I worry
that I’m baggage to you, that I’m too much
Baby I’m so lonely so lonely
I feel like I’m alone
I don’t want to make it obvious to you
I’m used to just holding it in
Understand me

We’re together but,
we’re not walking together
Loneliness and misery
The difference is only one memory
(Ooh)
But why do you
keep trying to write it as something else?

Baby I’m so lonely so lonely
I feel like I’m alone
I don’t want to make it obvious to you
I’m used to just holding it in
Understand me

(Ooh)
Leave me alone
(Ooh)
Baby I’m so lonely so lonely
I feel like I’m alone
Baby I’m so lonely so lonely
I feel like I’m alone
Still, I don’t want to hide it from you
But I’m used to just holding it in
Understand me

[Conclusion instrumental]

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Analysis:

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Reviews
will be returning as I am now on a month break from university. There is a lot
of personal news I wish to share—both good and bad. But for sure, I intend to
catch up on as many reviews as I can.

For
now, however, I wish for our thoughts to be with Jonghyun, his friends, his
family, and the K-Pop community at large who are affected by this news.