written by: renshukki for McRoth’s Residence
OSTs should literally be the next K-Pop because they seriously crap over some of today’s ballads, or even perhaps lead singles, sung by today’s Korean idols. OSTs aren’t there because they weren’t written for nothing, but rather to drive the storyline and emotion of a drama. Without OSTs, the Korean drama you are probably watching right now would be less than nothing; to put it simply, without OSTs you wouldn’t understand what is going on. This is also something American Dramas need to learn too, but there is a major difference between Asian and American culture, so playing a random pop song or an instrumental in the background is fine too.
Xia’s “Love Is Like Snow” (OST for KBS2 drama, Nice Guy), is simply a masterpiece which lies on a pretty orchestration mixed with heavy synths that grabs the tension and emotion of its listeners. Xia Junsu’s vocals itself inches up the balance of the song to pull you in, something I haven’t heard for a long time since his TVXQ days. What amazes me is how Junsu’s able to control his vocals when he’s reaching the high notes over a long period of time, although at times shaky a bit too, yet bringing the feeling and meaning of the song at the same time.
What I hate to admit is that somehow my musical taste doesn’t fit to the song itself, as I’m not a huge fan of high notes and high pitch sounds. However, because the fact that the drama continuously plays the OST over and over again, it eventually changed me from a hater to a fan of the song.
The structure itself isn’t much like a simple OST, but more of a ballad; from a soft-warmed feeling verse to a heavy high chorus, not repeating itself from the middle 8 until reaching the bridge which builds and links the whole song together, ending with a nice sweet touch. The song intensifies from beginning to end, yet always kept under control, making it easily playable on repeat and a good listen to the ear (that’s if you have feelings.)
OSTs are pretty much the same to each other, but if the singer is able to make the song their own, then that’s totally different. Xia Junsu, an ‘artiste’ in K-Pop, always had the ability to make it on his own back in the olden days, but with mis-opportunities and little backfire, that eventually pulled him back in terms of stretching and developing his vocal abilities. His vocals are on another level compared to K-Pop idols who are currently promoting.
Overall, the song is really attractive, better than his “Rooftop Prince” OST, which I have somehow reluctantly forgotten about.
Singles of any kind are not rated using the same rating system used for mini and full albums.
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Tagged: Junsu, Nice Guy OST, Review
Well said Renshukki! ^^ Thanks admin! somehow I thought the same too XP
I love this song! I’m so happy that this track is tearin up the digital charts coz JYJ usually don’t do so well in the digital sales..:D
just curious, did Junsu get any profit from the digital sales? or just gaining popularity??
“His vocals are on another level compared to K-Pop idols who are currently promoting.” I love this comment the most! 😀
if Junsu trie Adele’s ” Rolling in the deep” radio life version , guess snsd tiffanfy’s version may need re-evaluated . Junsu powerful husky voice shines! ( pure personal opinion)
couldn’t agree more.
This is so true. Junsu (JYJ too) missed ton of opportunities to appear on TV and also their plans of performing in-front of their fans (concerts, TV appearance, fans meeting) missed are sometimes/mostly being backfires by ‘you know who’.
So eventually Junsu is unable to stretch and develop his vocal to others who are new to Kpop. It is a huge loss for Kpop newbie to miss out the No.1 singer Xiah Junsu
“pulled him back in terms of stretching and developing his vocal abilities”
hmmm? no way, during his previous group, junsu did mature and develop, but i think not as much as he does now when he starts his musical career.
Anyway, awesome review ^^
So glad for this post ! Love is Like Snow ~ uniquely performed by Junsu.
And good news : ” Uncommitted ” view rate just over 10,009,484.
Fans from the world congratulate Junsu :~
Well said, Mr. Writer..
That’s how JYJ works.. always gives their 200%!!!!
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