Ok, I admit that was a bit of a long hiatus from my TVXQ Tuesdays. I also admit to being derailed by MBLAQ’s comeback and G.O being cast in not one, but two musicals. And, well, going to Seoul and seeing G.O. I’ve been a little preoccupied, to say the least. But, I am returning now with a lovely ballad from TVXQ’s third Korean studio album, O-Jung.Ban.Hap.
You Only Love is a quintessential TVXQ ballad. It is a break up song filled with longing and sadness and as in true fashion, the men of TVXQ bring emotion and richness to the song making it heartfelt, sweet and touching. In this particular live version, their adoring fans sing along with them, beat for beat, word for word. I often wonder how artists feel when the crowd is singing along. Is it distracting or do they absolutely love the love the fans are showing by singing along.
If there is one thing for sure, these men are superb live. Their harmonies are forever tight and each shine individually during their given parts, especially that ridiculously talented and adorable Junsu. I may be on the G.O train right now, but I will never pass an opportunity to admire and praise Junsu. And I think it is well-established that I absolutely love it when he opens a song as he does so here setting the tone and beginning the journey.
The intricate five piece vocal puzzle is what truly made this group as spectacular as it was. Each of the guys are a piece of the puzzle having his moment to shine here in a solo capacity but never without the four others weaving their harmonies around the one voice, anchoring the melody, and adding depth and richness. TVXQ as a five member group are proof positive that a whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts. I know I have said it over and over but it is true. The two separate groups are good. Combined, however, they were great.
You Only Love opens with the five of them seated and silhouetted which adds to the quiet vibe of this gentle love song. About mid-way the lights go up and much to the delight of the fans, we finally see them. Bringing them out of the shadow is nice because it allows for a connect no matter how far back one’s seat may be from the stage and I was happy that they did not remain in the shadow for the entire song. I always am want to see Junsu bring his emotion to the forefront and let it explode all over us. And he does gives a little at about the 2:35 mark. The man simply cannot contain it!
Everyone sounds rich and lush in this version. Jae and Yunho are powerful, Changmin plaintive, Yoochun steady and Junsu filled with longing. Oh these guys are just so good.
Breaking up doesn’t sound so bad actually when TVXQ is singing about it. Perhaps it is the beauty and gentle quality in their voices that buffer the pain. And, there always seems to be a hint or promise that in the end, everything will be all right.