The Journey of a Cassie Part Two – The List Pt. 5
And now we’ve come to the moment that everyone – who’s at least been interested – has been waiting for: the reveal of my favourite DBSK member.
For those who’ve not had the chance – or the interest – to take a gander at the previous four, a quick recap: Changminnie took the number five spot , followed by leader-ssi, Yunho at number four . Then it was, possibly, the most shocking member placement, Xiah Junsu at number three . Our runner-up was the gorgeously talented Park Yoochun , which leaves only one member left.
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. The DBSK member that takes the top spot is none other than…
Now, there was a tussle between JaeJae-oppa and my number three, Kim Junsu. Truth be told, upon first impression their respective places on the list would’ve been reversed, leaving Xiah where many of you felt he belonged. However, upon getting to know Jaejoong – as much as someone can get to know another person from afar – the only option was to put him first.
Firstly, that voice. Anyone who knows me well knows that, as far as I’m concerned, technical perfection doesn’t necessarily make a voice perfect. While he isn’t exactly the vocal technician that Junsu is, Jaejoong has a purity in his voice that’s astonishing, a clarity that I’ve not heard in an artist in quite some time. His ability to mould sound allows him to effortlessly dance between genres. The difference between him and Junsu is that Jaejoong can sing literally any genre.
More than just being able to float between them, he seemingly bends genres to fit his will. Jae is a mood ring – with a roll of his tongue he can change the stars and make music out of any moment in time. In a span of 45 seconds he can move between R&B, rock, pop, and trot — the oldest form of pop music in Korea.
His range begins with a husky growl at a low tenor and a powerful wail when singing in a full voiced high tenor to low falsetto. When the man sings rock music, the angels incessantly weep – no wonder it rains so much in the summer in Korea .
When he wisps into his head voice, he literally attacks the notes and they come out crystalline and delicate as opposed to screechy and shaky. His vocal timing is spectacular, being able to improvise with a piano as if his voice were the composer of a song predestined to fit his disposition at that moment.