When Shinhwa debuted in 1998, I was happily playing in dirt as a pre-schooler and blissfully unaware of their legendary existence; fast forward 14 years later and here I am in a puddle of fangirl goo. After four years of hiatus where the men went off to perform their duties in the military, Shinhwa returns with an upbeat electro dance song, “Venus.” Its a good song, the chorus is upbeat and enhanced to the max, but you can still hear the melody. My only qualm is with the dubstep, I wished that drop was a lot harder, but it blended well in the end nonetheless. However, as good as this song is, every time I hear it I feel like it would be a song played at the Homecoming dance of a rich, mainly Caucasion high school (personal experience guys) in the suburbs along with Taio Cruzs “Dynamite” and Cascadas “Everytime We Touch.” Personally when I think of Shinhwa, American Suburbia is not the image that comes to mind.
Venus is a song about a man (Shinhwa) finding their Venus’ and heralding her with praises. Venus, just as a brush up, is the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Being the nerd I am, I would much rather be compared to the Goddess Athena cause she was a boss but I digress. Now on to the awesome that is Shinhwa.
Shinhwa went with gray, black, and white hues giving the music video a very dark feel. It clashed with the upbeat feel of the song, but just based on the video and the shots alone, I thought it was done fabulously. The shots of the individual members facing various obstacles were taken well and effectively, using some pretty nifty CGI effects. The one scene where Venus is expelled into the air in slow motion with the other members in various poses around her was executed nicely, as was the one with her nest exploding and the debris flying out in slow motion. The CGI effects in this MV were brilliantly done and it didnt look tacky or unnatural. Bravo, so 5 out of 5.