Resolver (Shinhwa album)
|Studio album by Shinhwa|
|Released||May 5, 1998|
|Producer||Lee Soo Man|
Resolver was Shinhwa's debut album. It was released on May 5, 1998 and became quite popular among the fans. The boy band was first seen performing on KM Music Tank with their first song, Resolver. The song grew to be popular and reached a few number one on some chart. Their second single from the album was Eusha, Eusha. Because Eusha, Eusha was a lighter song in comparison to Resolver, which was a dark mood song, and climbed up the chart quickly. However, around the same time, a water accident had occurred on a beach, causing people to use the song, Eusha, Eusha, as a reminder of the accident, despite it being a happy, light-hearted song. Quickly, Shinhwa move to their third single, Chun Il Yoo Hon, which charted fairly well as well.
- Note: Those that are bolded are their singles.
- 해결사 [Haegyeolsa] (Resolver)
- 으쌰! 으쌰! (Eusha! Eusha!)
- 천일유혼 [Cheoniryuhon] (Sharing Forever)
- Rock & Roll Summer!
- 늘 내가 원하는 것은 [Neul Naega Wonhaneun Geoseun] (The Things I Always Want)
- 눈물 [Nunmul] (Tears)
- 키가 자랐어요 [Kiga Jarasseoyo] (I Grew Up in Height)
- 비상구 [Bisanggu] (Emergency Exit)
- 누에 [Nue] (Silkworm)
- 감사 (Thanks)
Shinhwa's music video for their three albums can be seen contrasting each other. In the music video Resolver, Shinhwa can be seen wearing matching shiny yellow outfits, dancing on a swing-like platform. The storyline that follows the music video cane be link to the American movie, Terminator, with Seoul, South Korea being destroy by a huge blast of fire. A girl can be seen in the music video, walking with a guy following her. As the music video continues, the guy shows the girl various clips of pictures from the holocaust to even Marilyn Monroe.
In contrast to their first single, Shinhwa's Eusha, Eusha, which was a remake of Manfred Mann's song Doo Wa Diddy, was a bouncy song, with the members dressing in white and blue costumes. They also filmed the music video near a beach as well, with the members dressing in yellow basketball uniforms. Eusha, Eusha became Shinhwa's first bubblegum pop song, with the members showing a different side to them in the music video, from jumping around to playing in the water.
Chun Il Yoo Hon
With Resolver being a dark song and Eusha, Eusha a light-hearted song, Chun Il Yoo Hon (Sharing Forever) was considered a sad song. The music video features Eric Mun, the leader of Shinhwa, as a photographer, taking pictures in the park when he stumbles upon a blind girl. She became his model and he fell in love with her, only to accidentally kill her in a car accident, thus causing him to become depress. The girl would later return as a ghost who can now see and visits Eric while he is sleeping. He woke up, feeling her presence, and would eventually embrace her.
Although their debut album was a moderate success, Shinhwa was met with accusations that they were just another copy of another popular boy-band at the time, H.O.T, although the two came from the same entertainment. They were often compared to H.O.T., with critics accusing them of just "trying to win over the hearts of the H.O.T.'s fans." Over the years, however, Shinhwa managed to surpass H.O.T. and is currently one of the top boy bands as of today.
- Because the album was released long ago, it is hard to find information on how well their singles charted or how long it stayed at number one. However, various source do mention that the three singles did fairly well and reached a few number one.
- "Shinhwa". KBS WORLD. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
- These descriptions can be seen through their music videos
- SM Entertainment - Shinhwa's Former Official Page
- Good Entertainment - Shinhwa's Current Official Site