SHINee’s Minho Bears His Weary Heart with “I’m Home”
SHINee’s Minho empathizes with lonely, weary hearts in his first solo SM Station, “I’m Home,” released on March 28. This gentle R&B track soothes listeners with its melancholic whistling and Minho’s mellow vocals, which assure them they are not alone after a stressful day.
Inspired by his own busy yet glamorous life, the idol opens up about his lonesome experience when returning home alone after a hectic schedule. Behind the limelight of a rising actor, model, and prominent idol figure, Minho longs to see his companion that lifts life’s burdens off his shoulders. The enticing celebrity lifestyle, filled with lavish events and frequent travels, loses its glimmer as he keeps his beloved in his thoughts to bring himself closer to home. The soloist penned his own original lyrics in the song's rap that personally shares his weary heart aching to be revitalized with a welcoming presence after an exhausting day. A calming melody that expresses a precious but empty experience resonates with overworked individuals in need of a sanctuary through company to uplift their worries.
The idol member guides viewers on a journey of his daily schedule through the lens of a businessman, starting the day off with a wake-up call and struggling to climb out of bed. As the day progresses through monotonous meetings and tiresome business trips, the exhausted worker finds himself in an endless loop of his tireless routine. Countless clocks and telephones surround him as his mind floods with thoughts of the dragging time and dire need to connect with his loved one. His dreary routine is soon disrupted once he connects with his cherished one, feeling back at peace amidst his chaotic cycle.
As time grows closer to his official enlistment date on April 15, Minho celebrates his upcoming milestone as Shawols across Asia attend fanmeetings held in Japan, Thailand, and Taiwan in addition to South Korea. He presents his first SM Station as a farewell present to fans that will console their hearts until his return. While his first single introduces his solo potential to those unfamiliar with his underlying musical talent, Minho’s heartfelt lyrics also emphasize his authentic tender-hearted image in contrast to his notable flaming charisma persona. “I’m Home” perfectly suits the idol’s amiable aura as he aims to embody the voice that embraces tired souls at the end of the day and be their remedy to homesickness.