초별 (First Star)

Total Score: 4.80

firststar

maybe it’s just the makeup but gosh he looks exhausted 😦

MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 4
Singing Quality: 3
Contextual Fit: 5

Lyrics Only

Release Date: 11/06/2009

There is a girl on this, singing backing vocals. A fan video or two indicates it might be Jessica Jung. But I can’t find her credited in anything more official, and it never really progresses to anything more than backing vocals, so I’m not super sure it’s her. So, not tagging her for the moment. Anyway! This is from the OST for TV drama Loving You a Thousand Times, which has a very complicated plot in which a couple is unable to have kids, so they enlist a surrogate mother, who then falls in love with the father’s brother. Heechul plays a supporting character named Lee Chul (really?) who is related in some way to the genetic mother.

That lyrics video up there is like 48k audio or some shit; it sounds awful. And, as I predicted, it is structured more comfortably and familiarly than the theatre songs I recently reviewed. The instrumentation has all kind of turned to mush, so ignore that, but you can at least hear the chord progression and you can actually hear Heechul’s pitch and tone not too badly.

Which isn’t to say that his pitch is good. The tone isn’t bad; he’s not doing the closed mouth thing for the most part. But he whiffs a few notes here and there, like “maeil geudae saenggag” and “chojohan mamkkaji” in the first verse, or really any time he has that musical phrase because he tries to slide up to that E3 and doesn’t always get there. And in the choruses, particularly after it modulates up to D major near the end, he’s pushing at the very top of his range and you can tell because he squeaks a little at the end of every phrase.

Sorry this went up so late! I mean, come on, me, it’s a Heechul song.

 

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