Thursday, December 15, 2011

[#24] CSJH (DANA&SUNDAY) - "나 좀 봐줘 (One More Chance)"

From: "나 좀 봐줘 (One More Chance)" (Digital Single)
Released: July 2011, South Korea
Rating: 3.42

The SM sound this year was heavy synths, a slightly more natural, but still obvious autotune, and monotonous hooks, which aren't anything new. Those three elements, majority of the time, produced very stiff, albeit very full and well-produced, tracks, because of the nature of SM acts' voices, and the songs themselves. However, because CSJH are queens (yes, even this half), even if they are given a song like "One More Chance", it still turns out better than the rest of the songs in this style.

CSJH can sing, even through all the autotune, so in reality, the autotune of this song serves it's actual purpose and it serves a more artistic purpose and it's not a treatment used on inferior vocals. When you watch the live performances of this they're still spot-on, most of the time better.

You must be wondering, if that's the case, then do I approve of autotune? That's a little more complicated. I approve of autotune if, and only if, it's used for aesthetic purposes and not because the act can't sing. However, we can only start talking of autotune as an artistic thing if the act in question has proven it's worth and can actually do without the autotune on regular days. Like CSJH.

But back to the song. It's very similar to the other SME songs this year, namely the f(x) releases, but of course, again, what sets this apart from f(x) is that Dana and Sunday's vocals are not only much mature, but they have much more body and are less generic than their younger counterparts, so when their vocals are put through all that processing, they still retain majority of the qualities that make their vocals, well, their vocals. That and SM didn't screw up the only girl in the band who could sing (LUNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA), but then again, even if Sunday's voice isn't exactly my favorite, she's still a lot better than at least half of the girls in SME these days.

So is "One More Chance" a good song? I seem to think so, yes, because once again, it's a balance. It's how the SME sound should've been done this year, and it's proof that it DOES work to a certain extent, but only when you have people with actual voices do it.