Taemin has returned with Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 1, his first full-length album in three years. The record dropped alongside a video for the opening track, “Criminal.”
The dramatic clip depicts the SHINee member as a prisoner of love, who’s stuck in a fiery underworld guarded by heavily armed wardens. “So elegant, a criminal who hurts me / It’s okay, you soothe me just to torture me again / Ooh, I’m on a leash called you,” he sings on the chorus.
During a recent V LIVE broadcast, Taemin also described the creative process behind the “Criminal” visual. “In the beginning, when I begin with my hands tied, is how I expressed a ‘criminal,’” he said, as translated by Soompi. “I wanted to portray a story really well in the music video, and I wanted to create my own world view.”
Watch the video for “Criminal” here:
And stream Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 1 below: