How’s everyone doing? I hope you all are in good health and staying warm.
This week, I’ve decided to share an album with you all instead of my traditional weekly song recommendation. Where is SHI? is a 2020 r&b record from the groundbreaking Taiwanese-Korean artist Shi Shi. If you’re an avid reader, you must have heard me mention her in a few drama reviews due to her soundtrack contributions. This time I’m switching things up by focusing on her actual work because all the ten songs on this album are undoubtedly top-notch.
Sun Sheng Xi, popularly known as Shi Shi, is a Taiwanese-Korean singer-songwriter born on November 13, 1990. Shi Shi was born in Korea but later moved to Taiwan in pursuit of becoming a singer. After participating in a singing competition known as Chinese Million Stars, she signed with Rock Records Taipei. Her official debut was in 2014 with the full-length album, girls.
I genuinely enjoy her 2020 record Where is SHI? because it has a perfect balance between the nostalgic 2000s r&b vibe and the current modern take on rhythm and blues. Some other outstanding attributes on this album include Shi Shi’s unique vocals, great featured artists, striking instrumentalization, and excellent production. Plus, eight out of the ten songs have visuals.
Here’s my brief take on each track, and I’m also noting my favourites –
Track 1 – “Midnight Movie”
Such a soft opening to the album, + the guitar/drumbeat instrumental is beautiful. Shi Shi’s voice on this is serving absolute serene vibes. “Midnight Movie” always pours positive energy into me, so I love to play it more than once before moving on.
Track 2 – “Realer Love ft. sunkis”
I enjoy the slight groove on this one, + it showcases excellent production on both the vocals and instrumental. Shi Shi has one the most stable falsetto tones, and I love how she smoothly rides the beat on this song. Sunkis also has a beautiful voice, and he nailed the harmonies.
Track 3 – “Me First ft. TroutFresh”
I adore the keyboard and drum entry on this track, + I got introduced to a talented r&b/rap artist through this record. TroutFresh is impressive. I love his flow. I always enjoy the jazzy vibe on “Me First”; I find myself dancing whenever this song comes on.
Track 4 – “Empty Track”
This song is my all-time favourite on the album. I live for this type of peaceful energy. Shi Shi’s vocals on this track are pure bliss, and I could listen to her sing all day. Every note, instrument and beat came out right with “Empty Track”
Track 5 – “Two of One ft. HUSH”
While listening to this song, all I could focus on was Shi Shi and HUSH’s beautiful voices + the lovely melody of “Two of One”. The music video is quite intriguing. At first, I assumed it was just about jealously and trust issues between the couple, but there’s also cheating?😲 It isn’t right to use someone to cover up your sexual preference.
Track 6 – “LA-LI-LA-TA”
Now this song has some elements of pop, but it’s the right blend of music styles. At this point, I sound like a broken record, but I genuinely enjoy Shi Shi’s voice. “LA-LI-LA-TA” would probably be the last on my list if I was ranking the album, but I still love it. The hazy visuals for this music video are nice, but I don’t entirely get the story. I think there’s a lot of focus on people’s sexuality & how they identify in society🤷🏼♀️.
Track 7 – “Not Enough”
Here is the song with that in-your-face 2000s r&b vibe. I wish the music video had English subtitles, so I could fully understand the story. “Not Enough” is a groovy bop, and I jam out to it on repeat. Shi Shi looks stunning in this video. I love her dress and makeup. HECK NO!! The gay boyfriend that cheated on her is getting married to another woman????🤯🤯🤯. Plus, someone stole the wedding ring? Woah, this is some messy tea!!!🍵. This is my first time seeing the music videos, and I love that they’re connected.
Track 8 – “Give It to Me”
“Give It to Me” is a more sensual song. Even the vocals sound very sultry in comparison to the previous tracks. I love this vibe. The music video also matches the concept of the song. I loved that they filmed it in a classy way, but the sexual innuendos are apparent. My only problem is that this track seems too short.
Track 9 – “Infected”
Once again, another music video with a confusing storyline, but I believe this one shows the details of what went down in the relationship + how Shi Shi got her revenge? All the same, “Infected” is one of my top songs from this album. It’s a slow tempo vibe but with a very captivating melody + the keyboard player on it is exceptional. Shi Shi is so talented. The emotion she pours into each note is incredible. I love this song.
Track 10 – “And Then?”
Yes, the last song on this record and one of the favourites that I always play on repeat. The soothing energy from this song does something right for me. I like to have “And Then?” playing in the background while I’m reading webtoons or chilling. It’s a perfect track and a smooth way to close the album.
Alright, If you read to this point, I hope you found a few exciting songs to add to your playlist. Where is SHI? by Shi Shi is an r&b lover’s gem, so go check out the full album on any music streaming site or app. I use Spotify, so there’s a link below. That’s all for today, have a beautiful night, everyone.💕💕💕