1. COLORS ~Melody and Harmony~
3. COLORS ~Melody and Harmony~ (Less Vocal)
4. Shelter (Less Vocal)
The first single by Jejung & Yuchun, a side project of the K-Pop and J-Pop group TVXQ was released on September 30, 2009. The first song was used as the image song for the 35th anniversary of Hello Kitty.
What nice, relaxing covers. I like the gentle splashes of color and the fact that the two versions are essentially direct contrasts of each other.
It took me a while to arrange my thoughts on COLORS ~Melody and Harmony~ because it’s just so danged different from the stuff that Jaejoong (Jejung) and Yoochun (Yuchun) normally make with TVXQ. Even though this is true, I just can’t help but love this song so much. It’s a simple, relaxed R&B love song that has your typical ballad characteristics but never gets boring. Jaejoong and Yoochun’s voices sound great together and boy, can these guys harmonize. There’s even a small section of Yoochun rapping in what sounds like English – it’s hard to tell, since he’s speaking so softly and he has a bit of an accent. However, these are only small flaws in a song that works in all the right places.
Shelter is a mournful R&B song, with prominent English rapping sections once again by Yoochun and strong electronic elements. It’s interesting how this song takes almost the direct opposite route as its predecessor – there’s a distinct sadness to the melody and music, and the combination of soft piano and the sounds of the rain can’t help but make the listener think of a dark, rainy day. The part of the boys’ vocal performance that stands out most on this track is the belting sections, which are terrific. Overall it’s a very touching and emotional song.
Don’t let the titles mislead you – COLORS ~Melody and Harmony~ (Less Vocal) and Shelter (Less Vocal) are instrumentals.
Summary: Ah, TVXQ. To be honest, what with the whole SM contract debacle between three of the members of the group, I wasn’t expecting any kind of activity from any of them. But I’m so glad I was wrong. COLORS ~Melody and Harmony~ and Shelter ended up being emotional, lovely, and all-around great songs courtesy of Jaejoong and Yoochun’s beautiful voices and careful composition. I hope we hear more from this duo in the future, because I like what I hear now.
Single Grade: A