Despite it being a rocky few months for YG Entertainment, it is still business as usual for some artists. Schedules are still going forward for some of the soloists and groups. And now, we have a solo debut in our midst. Jinu, one of the vocalists of WINNER, released his first solo track today. It is titled as Call Anytime and it features fellow WINNER member Mino. Winner previously released Ah Yeah three months back in May of this year.
Interestingly, I had expected Jinu to go with a more profound R&B track for his solo debut track. This is the route that YG Entertainment artists usually go if they don’t delve into the hip-hop genre. But Call Anytime delves into the pop genre. There are those influences in the pop sound. But they aren’t as strong as I had expected it. Apart from that, I thought the song was quite good. I am not too familiar with Jinu, but I know he has a unique vocal colour and he managed to show some of that off in this song. I liked how his singing compliments the lyrics. He is waiting for a call and his voice sounds very bored (yet intriguing for the audience) and tired, matching the emotions the audience should be hearing at that point in time. Likewise, Mino features as a rapper, and while his part changes things up slightly, the lyrics match this change up by encouraging Jinu to text the person. I think that was a smart structure. The ending, when ‘everyone’ joins in, seems to be a very cliche move for WINNER (and YG) now, since they have been doing it so much. But apart from that, I thought Call Anytime was a good song.
The video is a little confusing and opens up with Jinu waiting for a phone call and I think this crumbles his self-confidence. We then see blue suit Jinu who has a consultancy business that deals with how to attract someone’s attention by building one’s confidence and he is advertising his services on TV. His first client is a timid version of Jinu (i.e glasses Jinu), who I assume is a version of the first Jinu we saw and the business aims to build his confidence so he can enter that special room. We see Mino, a special consultant, play the overconfident card by encouraging for a direct text. But Mino’s plan doesn’t work, as Jinu unsuccessfully gains entrance to the special room and Mino is removed from the room (as being overconfident doesn’t work). Somewhere along the line, glasses Jinu appears more confident, teaches Mino one or two things and enters the room without any resistance. Success! I am assuming this means he approached his phone calling scenario as a more confident person, though I am not sure what it means. It is a unique concept but it was fun to watch.
I liked the choreography. Like the last review, nothing really impressive that I could spot in the music video. But there is enough to be fun, suiting the pop side of the track. I guess we have to wait and see with this performance.
Song – 8/10
Music Video – 9/10
Performance – 710
Overall Rating – 8.1/10
2 thoughts on “[Review] Call Anytime – Jinu ft. Mino (WINNER)”
I really enjoyed your review! Such a fun read. I have not watched it yet, as Jinu is my least favorite member in Winner and I’m unsure what to do- make a stance against YG, or Support the Artist because maybee they don’t have anything to do with it. Either way this made me Excited to watch it! Any MV with a plot these days (subtle or not) is awesome! Right now aesthetics is prioritized more than Story, and I really wish they realize that they don’t have to rule eachother out!
Thank you very much!! I think now, more than ever, we need to be supporting the artists who are not involved in scandals. After all, they are still signed to the label, which absolutely sucks. Artists who are not involved should not be dragged down because their CEO and other artists were greedy and inappropriately behaving, I would assume they are all considering to leave the company once their respective contracts are up (whenever that might be). And yeah, music video plots are always an interesting aspect of comebacks. It adds another element to the comeback, which I think is fantastic. And those that balance aesthetics and storylines are always the best ones! Just look at some of BTS’s earlier works!