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


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 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.




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.



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.

[Video credit: TohoDancoFighto]

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TVXQ Tuesday – Forever Love


I have to admit that when I listen to these guys sing, I get very emotional. This is the very serious power of music and the effect of a well-sung song. You don’t have to understand a word of it and it still translates. I really love this gorgeous ballad.  I think I tend to favor those where beautiful Junsu opens the song up. This one is sung in Japanese and that amazing soul machine (still thanking Evez for coining that term!) Junsu wrote the lyrics to this beautiful song.

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In this MV I don’t know who is shipwrecked. The girl. The guys. Both. Are the guys trying to find the girl? Is she just a ghost? Maybe I should take a look at the translation. Really though, I just like to listen to the song and feel it. Interpretation aside, it is film gorgeously. The color palette is almost monochromatic with muted tones and goes from golden hues to deep blues. I love the contrast. And our five handsome men are looking quite handsome.

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But Junsu……..Junsu is so very lovely in this MV. My bias is quite evident, yes?

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[Image credit: credit: Ming Lee]


TVXQ Tuesday – Love In The Ice


Does anyone else end up in a puddle of tears after watching and listening to these five beautiful men sing? This song had me blubbering like a baby by the end of it and I didn’t understand a word of it. It really is true then that music is able to bridge all language barrier gaps because, on a vibrational level, music speaks a common language to us all.

This lovely rendition starts off like a lullaby and builds to an incredible crescendo and softly dissipates. I will always love the way the five of them bring their own vocal styles singularly but then pair off and create a synergistic vocal magic show of grand proportions.  Changmin’s soft entry at :39 is like a gentle breeze kissing the skin followed by Yoochun’s deep caress. Oh my….

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But when Junsu arrives with Yunho, that is when my tears started to fall. And they just kept coming. At 2:40 when Junsu and Jaejoong pair, well there are two powerhouse emotional singers colliding right there followed by Jae and Yunho whose voices are smoother than smooth together. I had to scream WHY?? Why can’t you all be together again??

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Then Junsu pushed me over the edge at 3:40 and I was done. So.beautiful.

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[Image credit: credit: HDBSK]


TVXQ Tuesday – Purple Line


Sexy.Hot.Sexy.Hot.Sexy.Hot.  That is the best way to describe this performance of Purple Line.  I wanted to get up and dance but I could not peel my eyes away from the hotness unfolding on my screen.  Inasmuch as I think Yoochun looks fabulous with short hair….this long hair in the ponytail look was making me scream!!!  I think this is the most fluid I have seen Changmin move while dancing – just discovered here that not only does he have hips, he can move them!  And there is so much movement going on this number and STILL they are able to sing effortlessly.  These five guys never fail to impress me.

I love the funky dance feel to this one and I love the way they all dance here – they really seem to be feeling the beat, the rhythm and the energy of the crowd.  And don’t they all look so freaking spectacular in silver and white???  All five so handsome.  I have noticed that with each of my Tuesday posts one of them tends to jump out at me (if they can manage to take my attention off of Junsu….and he is so fine in this one) and surprisingly, Yunho was able to divert me a little here. He is looking pretty hot and I like the way he moves -they all actually rock the dancing pretty well in this one, Changmin surprising me the most.

From the up through the floor entrance to the final pose, this one is just plain HOT.

[Image credit: credit: DBSKwithlove]


TVXQ Tuesday – Why Did I Fall In Love With You?


Ok, you can just put a fork in me after this one because I am essentially done!!  I stumbled upon this a couple of weeks ago and went a little mental on Twitter with a couple of Twitter friends about how incredibly wonderful this live version of the song was and how equally gorgeous all five of these men were looking in the video.  It is so good for a few reasons.

First, the vocals.  I know I sound like a broken record here but these incredible young men never fail to bring their A-game vocally and at times I feel are better live than in the studio.  Usually it is the other way around – the magic of a soundboard is not necessary with these five.  They each have a built-in soundboard that naturally synchronizes, equalizes and balances all the settings to produce vocal harmony.  Yes, it’s pure unadulterated magic, I tell you.  This is one of my absolute favorites.

Second, I don’t know what song they finished just prior to this one but apparently it was something which required some heavy duty dancing because all five of them are glistening with sweat.  I am not going to go any further with that thought and just say, I like.  I like a lot!

Third, I really appreciate how Jaejoong just lets loose emotionally when he sings.  Reminds me a lot of Rain in that respect.  You can sense that he is feeling what he is singing.  I have noticed that about Jaejoong – there always seems to be a lot of emotion simmering beneath his performance.

Finally, Junsu.  Shall I go on?  His beautiful voice, his delivery, his gorgeous large hands (yes, I notice these things) and his smile.  His adorable smile. Daebak!!


[Image credit:  mingcho/Video credit:  HDBSK]




A man with an incredible voice who sings with unabashed emotion, has a provocative stage presence AND a beautifully pure and boyish smile? Sounds strikingly familiar, doesn’t it, Rain?  Hmmm, maybe I have a K-type after all.  My trip to Seoul  exposed me to so  many things and resulted in repeated visits to Korean music stores which subsequently got me a little more acquainted with K-pop.  It was during this time I discovered Kim Junsu after a fangirl swoonfest over TVXQ.   I admit to being duly smitten and immediately knew Junsu would be my next K-Shot of Hot.

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