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TVXQ Tuesday: You’re My Melody

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Oh but that Mirotic album yielded some good stuff, didn’t it? This light and airy pop song is so refreshing and lovely and the fab five are once again flawless with their sublime vocals.

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TVXQ Tuesday: Wausurenaide

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When I asked fellow blogger, the delightful Janey of Asian Fixations if she had any TVXQ song suggestions for my little series here, she did not hesitate to throw Wausurenaide right at me. It was for good reason. Janey knows her stuff. She knows how amazing these five men are at their craft. And, she also apparently knows how cute Changmin looks in this video. ^^  So thank you, Janey for this recommendation, because it blew me away!

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TVXQ Tuesday: Bolero

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If you want to witness greatness, I think you are going to find it right here. I have been putting off featuring Bolero because I have felt that I could not possibly do it justice. It is my favorite. And, it is mind-boggling how perfect this live performance is, truly.

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TVXQ Tuesday: Begin

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There is something so subtly seductive about these five guys. They are all handsome, to be sure. But I think there is more and it most probably has something to do with their voices. Jae’s voice in this performance is like velvet wrapped in silk. The tone of his voice is naturally so rich and soothing and in this performance, even more so.

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TVXQ Tuesday: Share The World and Doushite (Live at the Tokyo Dome)

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Once again, we are wowed by pure entertainment wrapped in pure talent coupled with complete handsome overload in this performance. This is the Tohoshinki/DBSK/TVXQ way. And please excuse this overtly shallow fangirl moment but….but they are killing it in those black pants looking all fit, long and lean! In fact, I am really liking the overall style of the suit – elegant with a dash of sparkle. And talk about a tailored fit…wow! Ok, I am going to send the naughty noona to time out now so I can write respectfully about these five wonderful vocalists.

But first….the suits.

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I was not exaggerating, right?

I seem to favor live performances because I just happen to think that these young men often times outdo their own studio versions! Perhaps it is because you get to see the emotion as well as hear it. I will forever appreciate Jaejoong’s delivery. That man feels the music to his core. Not that the others don’t – but Jae just seems a little more demonstrative. In this particular performance, I would say Changmin comes in second followed by Junsu. It is generally those three, in my opinion, who let the music course through their respective systems, pumping out pure unadulterated emotion. You simply cannot help but take that emotional ride with them, each and every time. They repeatedly continue to impress me and take my breath away.

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Share The World has this upbeat extremely pop-like feel but then grinds and grooves giving the boys a moment to completely attack and Junsu slays it!! It is aggressive and hot! Jae’s sweeping vocals on the chorus are really gorgeous. And those suits (yeah, I can’t let that go). 🙂

Then there is Doushite. Yes, I have posted this song in a single live performance already here, but it is so good, so why not another version? I absolutely love how Jae can go from the big vocals of Share The World to the gentle tones of Doushite. Oh, this is probably one of my favorite Tohoshinki/DBSK/TVXQ songs. They are vocally so perfect. I honestly don’t think any one vocalist or any collective group would be able to sing it as beautifully.

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As always, Yoochun anchors both songs with his honey-ed deep tones while Yunho’s smooth voice balances out the overall sound. I love that Yunho’s range falls so comfortably between each and every one of the other members. And when he pairs off with the higher ranges of Jae, Junsu or Changmin his voice adds such a calm balance and dimension.

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Truly there are so few vocal groups out there Asian, Western or otherwise that fall so sweetly into such a perfect harmonic balance as these five very talented men.

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TVXQ Tuesday – Proud

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Awwwwwww, I love me a tender-hearted man, indeed I do. And what we have here is a group of five truly tender-hearted young men. This is such a moving performance with the group being moved to tears and still delivering a vocal feast. When Yoochun can’t sing through his tears and Junsu comes over to comfort him, I just melt. The only ones who seems to be able to hold back are Jaejoong and Changmin as even towards the end Yunho starts to break. I love this tender song – one they seem to be serenading their devoted Japanese fans with and do it with respect, tenderness, love, and a whole lot of emotion.

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I never tire of their trade-off pairings and when Jae and Changmin go at it together in the second verse…..chills!!! So lovely. Jae’s voice in this song is ethereal and tender. I still think Jae and Junsu put forth the most emotion when they sing. But this song is clearly touching each one of their hearts. As it touched mine.

So very sweet.

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TVXQ Tuesday – “O” 정반합

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Oops! I missed last Tuesday because I was in Rainland!! Yes, I went to Tokyo and had my first experience of seeing him perform live, uninhibited – so I was a little verclempt, so say the least. I completely forgot about my fave five here but am back to love on them once more!

“O” is an intense dance number and I love it! Yoochun in dreadlocks….OMO!! His voice is like a deep caress even in a number like this. I am feelin’ ya, Yoochun. I can’t help but notice how the dancing is so tight in this one. Not a step out-of-place, out of beat, or out of synchronicity. Obviously in the early days of TVXQ (as I am sure is still a mainstay in all Korean K-pop groups today) hours and hours were probably spent perfecting the dances that accompanied the vocal performances.

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I am still really new to the current K-pop scene but I know the dance is very much a part of performances for the groups. Even Rain still utilizes the dance in his live performance to the maximum effect. I love a man who can dance and Rain reigns supreme – but these five can bust a move proper – especially my beloved soul machine, Junsu. I would say that he and Yunho are probably the most fluid of the bunch here.

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In watching the various performances of this song, I had a difficult time finding it performed live. These boys do not need to lip sync a thing so I was shocked that many of the videos of this song that I came across, they were actually lip synced. Perhaps the choreography was too intense and it was difficult to combine the two and get a solid performance. I still don’t buy that as this performance clearly shows. Yeah, they sing to a track that has a backing vocal but they are still able to sing this live with no problem AND keep in sync with the dance.

And doesn’t Junsu look absolutely delish? I could not hide my bias even if I tried! ^.~

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Oh…and TVXQ, JYJ and the boys individually were ALL over the place in Tokyo’s K-town. I saw Junsu EVERYWHERE (no, not him personally – heehehe)! It was pretty awesome.