Now that its officially Winter, Ready for some “Autumn music”?
Kim Junsu (known as XIA) was one of the members of the original DBSK who left in 2009 (for more info on the reasons why click here). After Kim and two other members left DBSK they formed a trio named JYJ and released a few albums. During this period Junsu under the name Xia began a solo career. He released his first album Tarantallegra in 2012 followed by Incredible in 2013 and Flower in 2015. Xia released his most recent album Yesterday in the fall of 2015.
A short video history of XIA
This is the first solo track I’ve heard from “Xia” back when he was still in DBSK
Xia’s music videos are always dramatic and often rife with symbolism. So despite Xia’s newest single Yesterday being a slow ballad I knew the mv would at least be interesting to watch the mv did not disappoint. In short the video is a story of a man surviving a disaster and remembering his loved one that he had a fight with just before the disaster occurred. We follow the man on his journey to find his lost loved one. In the end he finds her and thinks she is dead but it is implied she is not and we see the entire earth in a red hue perhaps signifying a global disaster has occurred. In the last scenes the moon begins to break apart (meaning more awful things to come) so it makes one wonder, he found his love when the world is truly about to come to an end?
Xia’s Yesterday album contains eight tracks. While all of the tracks are great in their own right I will be reviewing the four tracks that stood out to me.
Now on to the review.
Oeo a bright dance track with a chorus of the exact spelling of OEO is very catchy and definitely a club song. Unlike most of his EDM tracks OEO has a cooler sound to the instrumentals as compared to Xiahtic for example.
Midnight Show takes me back to old school J-pop from the late 90s. It’s a very upbeat track with strong piano chords which give the song a more mature pop sound.
Tarantallegra (Acoustic Ver.) is a great rendition of the song as the vocals are re sung (not just laying the original track with new music) this version takes on a much less dramatic tone and with Spanish flavored guitar melodies and raspy vocals lends this version a “warmer” vibe.
Incredible (Acoustic Ver.) is the surprising track out of the mini album. Incredible is a prime example of how loud or distracting instrumentals can drown out good vocals. In the acoustic version only the notes of a piano accompany Xia (as well as the background singers) giving Incredible an intimate feel like you’re listening to Xia live at a small venue.
The Yesterday album was released as autumn release to give listeners music that fits the season (much like the brighter, upbeat “summer music” genre) with its cooler tone instrumentals in its dance songs such as OEO as well as R&B flavored songs such as Midnight Show and ballads such a Yesterday and the touching Incredible Xia’s album surely is a great “fall music” release.