I still remember the first time I heard Park Shin Hye sing. It was five years ago in episode 1 of You’re Beautiful and she was auditioning in lieu of her twin brother character for a boy band even though she was a novice nun. The drama was more entertaining than her singing was memorable but she did contribute tracks to the drama OST that remain on my playlist rotation. Her voice has quite a soft touch, not someone I would suggest sing a rousing ballad but the melodic wispy ditties are something she can handle just fine. This week the cosmetic brand Mamonde, which Park Shin Hye has endorsed for some time, launched an ad campaign masquerading as a song MV. Park Shin Hye recorded an original track called “My Dear” featuring Yong Jun Hyung of Beast and filmed an MV that reminds me so much of everything that is Park Shin Hye’s style. Her healthy long hair is always the same ever since she grew it out after YB and I just want to layer it up a bit for a twist. Her character in the MV is a street musician going through audition rejections and having a secret admirer who leaves her potted plants to encourage her. The determined and winsome personality harkens back to so many similar characters Park Shin Hye has played before, or perhaps she just gives off the same aura each time. I was super bummed that Jun Hyung just rapped for the track and didn’t have a cameo appearance in the MV itself. The song itself is easy listening but not very memorable or distinctive. Park Shin Hye actually works better in the MV world when she’s starring as the leading lady for another singer’s MV, case in point with Yoo Seung Ho for a So Ji Sub song or with Lee Seung Gi for his romantic ballad.
Park Shin Hye “My Dear”: