至少还有你

Total Score: 6.40

atleastistillhaveyou

MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 6
Singing Quality: 6
Contextual Fit: 4

Release Date: 04/23/2008

Audio Only (inexplicably ending on a picture of later-era SJ-M)

Do you know how amazing it feels, after five straight days of multi-gif Super Show 1 posts, and then a single/MV post which also gets gifs, to do a regular boring album track with no gifs at all? I mean, the gif requirement is my own doing obviously but lord, I was so giffed out. ALL I HAVE TO DO IS WRITE. YESSSSSS.

This is a cover of the song by the same title by Hong Kong Cantonese-Mandarin singing legend Sandy Lam, from her album 林憶蓮’s in 2000. (Going from the video, looks like it was released for the Jodie Foster/Chow Yun Fat remake of The King and I.) “至少还有你” translates to “At Least I Still Have You” (pretty much literally).

I should point out here something that I first mentioned back on “Rokkugo”, but it’ll happen more frequently going forward: for songs that were released in multiple languages, I am only going to review the song once, in the original/”main” language. Me has 12 tracks on it (not counting 3 Korean bonus tracks), and of those, six of them are remakes of “U”, “Miracle”, “Don’t Don”, “Marry U”, “Happiness”, and “A Man in Love.” We already know what I think of those, so no point in rehashing it; Zhou Mi and Henry, particularly at this early stage, didn’t have skilled enough voices for there to be really any potential of scores going up with the Chinese version.

The original song is probably about a 6 from me; it’s sweetly written, if a little boring/underperformed. SJ-M’s cover smartly starts off with Kyuhyun; I’d gladly hear a Kyuhyun-only cover of this. It’s his kind of song. Zhou Mi and Donghae come after; Donghae has more vibrato and much LESS nasalness than usual, which is a very nice change from him. Hangeng does not seem to have any ability to do vibrato, which in comparison to most of the others gives his voice that underdeveloped quality that I keep hearing from him. (If I am remembering right, I looked up some of his later post-SJ songs and they had heavily processed vocals, which would cover this up.) Henry gets a line in the bridge in which he’s not terrible but Kyuhyun comes right after him and welp.

This really, really sounds like a Kyuhyun solo song, maybe a KRY song but really specifically a Kyuhyun song, in which particularly Donghae, Siwon and Zhou Mi did their best to keep up with him. Ryeowook was already there but he has a much less gentle tone of voice than Kyuhyun does on this. Hangeng and Henry are eesh.

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