Music Appreciation:
TVXQ – Destiny
(Catch Me album, track 3)

I shall start this post with how much I love TVXQ’s ballad. I did become a fan through most upbeat songs. In fact, it was Mirotic that made me love them. But it’s not until I listened to both Begin and Asu wa Kuru Kara that I ultimately understand why TVXQ known for their ballad. Surely their Japanese ballads are different from the Korean ones. They’re much softer and less attentive. I tend to find that their kr ballads are either require you to stand still and leave everything you’re doing at once to absorb it, or forgetable. Much of the time it’s the former that brings to the latter (I think One is a perfect example). While I love their songs, I haven’t found the right Korean ballad that just settles well with me.

Then Destiny came.

It’s a very laid back song. Other than strings on the second refrain, every sound is somewhat reduced to a repetitive heartbeat with little tinge of keyboard. But it’s their voice that set out the ambience of the whole song. From Changmin’s first note (it really sets the mood, isn’t it?) to Yunho’s lullaby that accompanies next. Their voice carried the song with all of its ups and downs. They sound so amazing, their voice perfectly blend to each other. Making the song sounds so smooth. Showing their skill in somewhat subtlety.

And it’s also great that this is the type of song you can play in your car or during bus trip through the traffic while nodding freely, but also the song that you can grab someone to slow dance with. All without compromising their tone and still carry that same premise of TVXQ’s ballad: slowly, smoothly building its way to the peak, and it’s wonderful.


Author: Allison Nakamura

Tannya Aditya. Also known as Allison Nakamura of @DBSKCassIndo. Editor by weekdays, blogger on weekend. Quiescent misanthropist and sugoi motherfucker. 東方神起ファン. http://tohosync.flavors.me/


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