Taemin / Photo: SM Entertainment

Taemin’s conceptual transformation has everyone eager to see what he has in store for his solo comeback, which is scheduled to happen on September 7.   

At midnight on August 30, teaser images and a highly suspenseful mood sampler video emphasizing Taemin’s dark and mysterious charm were uploaded to the solo artist’s website and SHINee’s social media accounts. 

Taemin’s third studio album, Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 1, is set to drop on September 7 at 6 p.m. via music streaming services such as FLO, Melon, Genie Music, iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, QQ Music, Kogou Music, and Kuwo Music. The album consists of nine tracks.

Taemin / Photo: SM Entertainment

The album’s title song, “Criminal,” is said to be a synthwave track that combines an intense rhythm with a newtro sound. The song’s lyrics –  which make reference to a Stockholm syndrome-like situation where one cannot escape from the fatal and irresistible charms of another – and Taemin’s sensual vocals come together to create a song that feels like a cinematic experience. 

The physical copies of Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 1 will also be released on September 7.