Total Score: 5.20
Sound Quality: 4
Singing Quality: 4
Contextual Fit: 5
Release Date: 09/30/2008
I said back on *shudder* “Are You Ready” that I thought Yesung might be the first solo artist from the group, but that wasn’t it because of TRAX. Turns out, yes, he really is. This is from the soundtrack to Tazza, a 2008 TV series based on a manhwa that also has had movies based on it. It’s about a good guy who is forced to become a successful gambler in order to clear his name, I think. Unfortunately, I don’t know enough about Tazza beyond the Wikipedia synopsis to have any idea what this song specifically is in reference to. But, let’s assume aforementioned good-guy protagonist has some sort of drama-filled romance and this song is for that.
“Love Really Hurts” has songwriting problems, again, and it has to do with the fact that the two primary keys it is in are A minor and C minor. The song doesn’t give us much in the way of transitions between the two, leaving us with Yesung singing an E♭4 over an A minor chord at the end of the first chorus. It makes him sound out of tune, but there are parts where he really is out of tune during this. For instance in the second verse (just before the first chorus), on “chamsimyeon urin modu”, actually this might not be him out of tune, maybe just the melody being written really weirdly. Also the end of the bridge going into the last chorus is baaaaad; he runs out of vibrato (??) on “mitgosipdaaaaaaaaaa” (listen to how his voice vibrates, it’s fast fast fast slower slower… note still going?), and then on the “YEAHHH”, he barely makes it up to that C5 at all, and it doesn’t sound like it’s supposed to be a slide up from a B♭4 or similar.
Overall, Yesung sounds like he focused so much attention on emoting (which he does successfully) that he and/or the producers forgot to ensure that he still stayed in tune. Maybe pitch wasn’t even important? Maybe they wanted to throw a song out there that embodied heartbreak and niggling over whether each note was technically accurate is just me being pedantic. I don’t know. It’s rough to listen to this directly after the SJ-Happy EP, in which there were no vocal parts that were technically difficult for anyone involved and the whole EP ends up working really well, with only Yesung sticking out a little bit since his voice blends less well with the others. Yesung is/was definitely one of the best emoters out of SJ as a whole but his technique is/was not great and it’s really obvious when you compare his solo vocals to Kyuhyun/Ryeowook (who have better technique) or anyone else in SJ-H (who don’t have better technique, but weren’t singing anything that required effort).