Total Score: 6.80
Sound Quality: 7
Singing Quality: 6
Contextual Fit: 4
Release Date: 11/05/2008
Remember “Rokkugo?” Of course you do. In late 2008, SJ-T re-recorded “Rokkugo” in Japanese, with help of female comedic duo Moeyan. It’s not a good cover and not a good video. Anyway, released alongside it was this duet (trio?) between Sungmin and Moeyan, which is not anything resembling trot, but which is sweet and gentle and nice.
Moeyan may as well not be on this song; at least the version linked above has Sungmin mixed so high that he drowns them out. And Moeyan don’t get any verses or choruses to themselves; all they do is harmonize with Sungmin’s melody. The bits I can hear of them sound fine, I guess.
Compare this with “Suddenly” and “Don’t Walk Away”, which were Kangin and Heechul solos (sort of) respectively, recorded at around the same time as this. Hell, even compare to Yesung’s song! Hear how wooden Kangin sounds and how flat and slurry Heechul sounds. Compare to this, in which Sungmin’s vocal tone is clearer, he sings successfully in a range of B♭2 – G4, and yes he doesn’t do anything super technically impressive, but it’s so much more competent. There’s no audible struggle, but it doesn’t sound like he’s sleeping through it either. And that’s in general the likable part about Sungmin; sometimes he pushes his voice and gets really nasal and pinched and forced-sounding, but if he just relaxes, he comes off as confident and hard-working (how much Japanese did he know before this project? his pronunciation is way better here than the others’ on the Japanese Rokkugo) and soft. I had my doubts about Sungmin being #4 vocalist in the group but comparing this to Kangin and Heechul, who I thought were competitors, yeah he blows them both out of the water.