KPop and me – Just Us – JYJ album critique part two

Okay. I’ve totally gone in and listened again and again to the whole album. The order isn’t the order that the album plays on. It’s random. But it took me a while to figure out where I’ve heard the songs. Because they sound so incredibly good and somewhat familiar.


2:30 AM – (KPoppy Ballad) – I would have thought it’s something JJ had written.  But the music is something like a dancey-ish tune. 
BABOBOY – R&B primarily –the English is getting better.  Smooth R&B.  Something we’d hear in the 80s from Bell Biv DeVoe.
DAD, YOU THERE? – a cappella-ish – showcases Jaejoongie’s voice stylings very well. R&B.  Definitely New Edition kind of song down to the snapping of fingers kind of sound.  The lyrics (translated) is very nice. 
(YES!  R&B in pop in the 80s was the epitome of the genre IN MY HUMBLE OPINION!  And this is something that compares to that time to that genre.)
DEAR J – This one is a deviation.  It’s not R&B.  It’s K-Pop with a tinge of Rock.  I would have expected this in WWW.
(By the way, is this song supposed to be Dear Jung? Or did Yunho really make the lyrics and told Jae it’s for you.  So Dear J is really Dear Jaejoong?  LOL!  I’m just saying.  Can you tell my flags’ with the YunJae ship? Hahaha!)
LET ME SEE – A cappella all the way through.  It’s a great song!  This is something these boys are really good at.  This kind of song is theirs!  Even without the other two, they make it work.  This is the epitome of their skill.  This kind of song is really great for them.  This is DBSK at its greatest.  I swear.  It would be much more perfect if the other two was there as well, but this is why JYJ has my attention.  Even with just the three of them, this kind of harmony is possible. 
LETTING GO – R&B styling – I thought it was something that Jae had written lyrics for.  It surprised me that Yuchun and Junsu wrote the lyrics for it.  Well, with someone else, but still…  

 SO-SO – This one is very interesting.  I feel like it’s like a gospel song.  It’s A cappella-ish.  If I could find the right song, I swear it’s like a gospel song that I’ve heard before.  I’m telling you, this plays too close to a gospel-like song.  I’m not kidding.  Familiar if you’ve been in a progressive church all this time.  Soothing…
***NoTe: I found it!!! It’s a song called ‘Walking that Line‘ by Acapella (Christian Gospel A cappella Group – of course!)
THIRTY – is a K-Pop rap  song (mostly rap – like some of the songs you’d find in today’s Pop charts.  Mostly rap with a uniting melody.)  It’s a fun rap song.  That’s all I can say.
VALENTINE – urgh.  I swear, the boys can’t take on pure English songs unless it’s something they made themselves.  Because this don’t freaking work for them.  Oh, their voices are still good, but oh, lord, have mercy.  Well, it’s better than the Beginning one, but hello!  The lose the color of their emotions.  And it becomes just another song.  And an inferior one at that.  The rhythm is a bit off as well.  However, Yuchun’s singing voice actually sounds really nice in this one. 
7 YEARS– the only glimpse you have (if you’ve never heard Xiah Junsu in a musical) of the musical voice that was in Elisabeth, Mozart, December and Dracula.  This is Xiah’s best.  The ballad created for a musical.  The simply piano really lends itself to the musical genre of this song.  Fantine’s song in Les Miserables?  It sounds almost like that.  The highs and lows and the petering out of the song towards the end.  Yep.  Sung in the theater and not in stylings of pop artists –  “I Dream a Dream.”
BACK SEAT– K-pop dance.  And it’s okay.  Really.  Definitely something I expect men who are almost 30 to talk about.  The subject matter is risqué.  And I’ve read the protests about how coercive the lyrics are.  Or that it’s not something that JYJ should be singing about.  Urgh.  Really?  With this song, they’re breaking free from the little boy, clean cut image they have so far maintained.  When they come back next it’s going to be men.  And unfortunately for you people looking for clean ‘men’.  Just where have you been? Under a rock? This is what horny 16 year olds to 27 years olds think about.  That is until they get caught with the consequences of their profligate ways.  Then they start writing about other things.  LOL!  Okay, I’m being hard on men.  But seriously, don’t go with a coercive guy who’s telling you to go into their backseat.  Because I bet you if any of the three had said, ‘put you in my back seat.’ You, person that protests, would have gone, ‘Hell ya!  Anytime, big boy!’  So, to those that say the lyrics are a bit too much.  Hmm… I think you girls doth protest too much.
CREATION – sounds almost 70s – fresh.  I swear!  Yeah, it’s a bit more modern, but still.  You know the musical Hair?  That’s what I think this song sounds like.  Manchester England song.  Definitely Rock Musical kind of song in the 70s.  Or rock ballad… Jon Bon Jovi’s Blaze of Glory or Bed of Roses. It just seems really familiar. And it’s nothing like American Pop or KPop. It might have been Queen’s Bohemian rhapsody. I’m not sure, but the tune is familiar. Something we grew up listening to.
And throughout the whole album, Yuchunnie’s rapping voice…Oh, lord, it’s so deep!  Not hard-hitting deep like Zico’s of BlockB, but a mellow rapping which gives the songs a sort of…chill factor. 

Despite the sometimes awkward English (i.e.: “Boyfriend, which is my name…” Seriously? ), the album has a lot of songs I’d listen to. 

I think I’m currently stuck on untranslated SO-SO and until I solve the puzzle of CREATION, I’ll be stuck on that.

As for the unity, er, what are we? Seven? Where we have to have all of their albums have a unifying thematic congruency? You want unifying? Here’s your unifier. JYJ voices… ‘Nuff said.


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