Single Review: XIAH Junsu – “XIAH”

Tracklist:
1. Intoxication
2. 悲しみのゆくえ (Kanashimi no Yukue; The Whereabouts of Sadness)
3. 君がいれば ~Beautiful Love~ (Kimi ga Ireba; If You’re Here)
4. 君がいれば ~Beautiful Love~ (Short Vers.)
5. Intoxication (Instrumental)
6. 悲しみのゆくえ (Instrumental)
7. 君がいれば ~Beautiful Love~ (Instrumental)

This is XIAH Junsu’s (of TVXQ fame) first solo single, which was released on May 26, 2010. The song 君がいれば ~Beautiful Love~ was used in the drama Beautiful Love ~君がいれば~, which fellow TVXQ member Micky Yoochun starred in. The song 悲しみのゆくえ was used in the drama Gonengo no Love Letter.

Why do his lips look so gigantic? I feel like they take up the entire cover. Lol.

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TVXQ fans are already well aware that Xiah Junsu is a terrific singer with a great voice. However, in Intoxication, we get to learn something new about Junsu: he’s HORNY. Seriously, Intoxication is pure sex music. From the gritty beat, to the languid keyboards and Junsu’s deliberately breathy vocals, there is nothing about this song that doesn’t scream seduction. I personally like this song because, well, who doesn’t like some sexy stuff every once in a while? I can see the lyrics, being a turnoff to some listeners, though; some of them get really dirty. However, if that kind of thing doesn’t offend you, I think you’ll like this song as much as I did.

When I saw that 悲しみのゆくえ was five and a half minutes long, I groaned. TVXQ’s last ballad was, in my opinion, really uninteresting, and if there’s anything I hate, it’s a boring, drawn-out ballad. Fortunately, though, my suspicions were incorrect. Junsu’s strong, emotional vocals made this song captivating and very pleasant to listen to. As a matter of fact, I didn’t mind the song’s length at all, because I got so swept up in Junsu’s performance. Excellent ballad!

I like 君がいれば ~Beautiful Love~ and its laid-back R&B sound. It’s a rainy day where I am right now, so it’s very fitting to my mood at the moment. However, unlike the song that comes before it, the length of Beautiful Love is an issue. At just about five minutes, I feel like this song could be cut down by 30 seconds. Anyway, that’s just my opinion.

Summary: Above all, this single is proof that the members of the now-defunct TVXQ can go on to some very promising solo careers, if they so wish. XIAH Junsu proves in this collection of songs that he can do sexy, sentimental and simple, trendy R&B. There’s not much in this single that I could really call bad, so if you’re a TVXQ fan or even just have a passing interest in their Japanese music, give this single a try.

Single Grade: A
Recommended Tracks:
Intoxication | 悲しみのゆくえ | 君がいれば ~Beautiful Love~

2 thoughts on “Single Review: XIAH Junsu – “XIAH”

  1. Yes, Xiah Junsu is…pervy. LOL, but I’m not surprised at the least. What I don’t understand is why he would have lyrics in his song that say “Kill me and touch me” No-one wants to kill him. ¬_¬

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