• leadaegyu

    somebody please explain to me why ryeowook has a great vocals? i don’t find his voice quite attractive, his voice is more like what i call “콧소리”. i’m not insulting him but i don’t find his voice as appealing as the other KRY members :/

    • http://twitter.com/mesztii eszti

      I’m an ELF and I have nothing against him, but I don’t know either why is he considered as the second best vocalist in Super Junior after Yesung. I personally don’t like his voice, it’s way too piercing for me. I like the other 3 main vocals’ voices more, I even like Donghae’s better.

      • http://twitter.com/Led_02 라면girl

        because he is one of the best. like it or not its smth personal

      • hapacalgirl

        Donghae has a nice tone but it is very limited and he has a tendency to get pitchy.  His tone is nicer than Ryeowook but the later has more range and technical ability.  The only people in Suju that are better technically are Yesung and Kyuhyun which is why the three were used to form KRY and are considered the three best vocalists.

    • http://twitter.com/lillian23910 Sharon

      His voice is very different and very high pitched, which makes some people not like it. But in terms of technique, I think he is the best in suju, he can has the greatest control of his voice. 

      But his performances are not very stable. Sometimes he has good days and other times he has bad days. Kinda like Hongki, but man he is awesome on his good days. 

      btw, where is Jino? I miss him!!!

    • hapacalgirl

       I think it comes down to preference.  Ryeowook is an amazing technical singer, however his voice is a love/hate kind of a voice.  Just like Changmin of DBSK, his voice is really high pitched, so you either love the tone or hate the tone but both have amazing technique and know how to sing and that is why he is considered one of the great vocals in Suju. Another example is Jessica and Tiffany of SNSD, Jessica has a very high tone but great technique (I personally can’t stand her singing) , Tiffany on the other hand has a more palatable tone since it is deeper and huskier but she is consider a worst singer than Jessica simply because she has really bad singing technique and tends to go pitchy to high heavens. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

      Ryeowook, Xiah Junsu, and Jessica all have polarizing voices. They have great vocals because they can sing well technically, hitting every note as they should, but their voices themselves aren’t universally pleasing.

      I personally think and agree with everyone that Junsu’s a ridiculously awesome singer but I honestly cannot stand hearing his voice for extended periods of time.

    • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

      Ryeowook is the best singer in Super Junior when it comes to technique. He has the best breath control and his pitch is extremely accurate. However, his tone is very polarizing. It’s not a full, warm sound like, say, Kyuhyun or Yesung’s.

      His voice is a lot like DBSK Changmin’s, but Changmin’s also has a bit more grit to it, making it perfect for rock songs. Whereas…well, I think Wookie’s voice is perfectly suited to upbeat, pop songs, but maybe some disagree. :P

  • Streby

    I miss SM the Ballad. I look at my poster of them every morning and pray that they comeback.
     
    They really proved to people that there are artists in SM who can actually hold their own vocally with no fancy MVs and gimmicks. But to be honest, all hopes of them coming back died when Jay was shipped off to the army. SM needs to have them comeback, they were the perfect group. 

  • http://twitter.com/mesztii eszti

    To be honest, I don’t really call Younique Unit’s song music, it’s like they huddled together everything and a complete mess was born. But I’m glad they put Henry in, he’s kinda underrated, and his vocals are the best here besides Taemin’s and Luhan’s. And Hyoyeon looks beautiful :)

  • http://twitter.com/Sharlalalalove Sharlotte❁

    oh yes we need more of jino. that boy’s voice is so sexy 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

    I miss Jino. I was baffled that SM debuted EXO without him, which would’ve been a logical choice since he had already had public exposure. Yet when you look at EXO, they’re fine as is with Baekhyun, D.O., and Chen, who are all really good vocalists as well.

    Apparently, Jino started training in 2008 after winning an SM-sponsored singing competition. Xiumin of EXO-M was his runner-up. It’s sad that Xiumin’s vocals aren’t showed enough in EXO-M.

    And “Hot Times” will forever be a sexy song and a total eargasm for me. That particular performance posted here has been my favorite of theirs.

    • sweetieheart2

      Am I the only one who doesn’t really think D.O. is that great of a singer? I’m not saying he’s bad or anything, and I’m certainly not bashing him, but I just find that… he’s an okay singer. I personally see him as extremely mediocre to be considered a main/lead vocalist, especially with the hype he’s getting from EXO stans who like to make him out as “legendary”. He’s decent, but he has so much to improve on. There is just nothing special about his voice and, of all the LIVE performances I have seen from EXO, he always seems to be either out of tune or breathy or simply unable to hit his high notes (e.g. the one at the beginning of MAMA; I have hardly ever heard him hit that note in tune when singing live). Again, I’m not saying he isn’t good, he’s just not as good as people claim… or maybe this is just a personal and perhaps slightly unpopular opinion of mine?

      • Gaya_SB

        I think D.O. is good at singing, but he really isn’t the best live, I agree. He has been improving, but he’s nowhere near Baekhyun (who ironically is the member with the least training in K).

        I don’t know who the most popular members are internationally in K, but apparently D.O. is the most popular in Korea. I think it’s something to do with his eyes?

        • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

          …I’m fairly certain Kai’s the most popular…?

        • Salmonsushi

          I think Top 3 most popular in Korea are: Kai, Baekhyun, D.O (in random order).

          • lokifairy

             Kai is not popular in Korea

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

            Kai may be the one most people (fandom + general public) recognizes, but he’s not popular in the actual fandom compared to Baekhyun, D.O., and Chanyeol.

      • http://twitter.com/lillian23910 Sharon

        I agree with you. From the few live performances I have see, he has a hard time hitting the high notes. 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

        I seriously do not understand why Yoo Youngjin made D.O. have the opening line to “MAMA” when he can barely even hit that certain high note live. He gets close to it most of the time now, but it’s such a difference to Chen who barely ever gets to sing live yet hits every note perfectly when he does get to sing live.

        Baekhyun and D.O. could’ve easily switched their 1st lines in “MAMA,” especially since Baekhyun is ridiculously good live.

      • http://twitter.com/fah2ma Fatouma

        Although I wouldn’t go so far as call D.O “legendary,” I still stand by that D.O has one of the best voices that I’ve heard come out of SM in a while, same with Baekhyun. I think the sample of him singing My Lady in the first teaser is more testament to that than MAMA ever was http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i3WBA9z0Eo&feature=BFa&list=PL15EBBC3899C5503A

        D.O’s voice alone is why I’m so excited for My Lady because he sounds
        fan-fucking-tastic on that sample alone. It may be my love of all
        things R&B and crooners in general making me biased, but D.O’s
        definitely my favourite voice of EXO, alongside Baekhyun.

        I don’t think MAMA did the boy’s voice much justice, because he’s a crooner and he’s great at songs that require restraint and MAMA is a song that is perfect for belters, which was I think that Baekhyun would have been perfect for the opening of MAMA because D.O’s voice doesn’t suit high notes and doesn’t have enough range for it. That’s why I enjoyed D.O’s singing in Angel and What Is Love than I did for MAMA. I prefer EXO-M’s version than K’s because Chen is perfect for the song.

        But although he does sound beautiful recorded, he still needs to improve on his technique live. However, I still think he’s deserving of being considered one of the best voices in EXO, perhaps, I’m going out on a limb here, SM? So I’m not surprised that neither he nor Baekhyun had to spend that much time to undergo training, he just needs more practise at his lives is all.

        • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

          I think D.O. is a great studio singer, but not so hot live? Kind of like Bom’s. His tone is really nice, but he could definitely work on his breathing technique.

          I think that’s kind of a problem in Kpop. So many times, singers have great tone and bad technique, or great technique and bad tone. Especially in SM.

          • http://twitter.com/fah2ma Fatouma

             So late with this but I think D.O has a real problem with dancing and singing high notes at the same time? I think he’s much better at performing while standing still and singing in his range i.e when he’s singing What is Love/Angel is absolutely fine, but History/Mama he definitely has some trouble. That being said, the boy just needs to work at his stages so I wouldn’t say he’s Bom-level yet because he’s still a rookie and needs time to practise. But I think his need for practise is a lot more obvious with Mama and History because their songs out of his vocal range.

  • lokifairy

    They should bring them back with Jino and I would like it if they change all the members. because I would like to hear Yesung or Onew/Taemin…I love Kyuhyung voice but Yesung’s voice is just amazing…and Changmin chould join them as well

  • Gaya_SB

    I’m hoping for a solo debut next year for Jino (fingers crossed). I think SM the Ballad could continue as a trio as well, though I get the feeling that SM would try to get some Exo in there. Baekhyun seems the most likely candidate, Chen’s voice would tip the balance to the highs. Oh, and Baekhyun’s more popular, too.

    • sweetieheart2

      If we’re talking about “balance” and the overall “blending together” of voices, I personally (keyword: personally) think Onew’s voice would be the most suited; it’s rich and mellow and doesn’t overwhelm you with high-pitched vocals, and just seems like a really good addition to the vocal line-up. Baekhyun’s pretty good but still a little high, in my opinion, if we’re talking about balance. Same with Chen, though he’s proven himself to be amazing. D.O. and Luhan just aren’t quite there yet, and I agree with the opinion on Changmin, Ryeowook and Yesung. But if SM were to add Onew (highly unlikely), fanwars would erupt about the unfairness, inequality and injustice of life because there are two SHINee members. 
      I do hope SM doesn’t put Jino’s talent to waste, too.

      • Gaya_SB

        I actually completely agree that Onew would be perfect, but like you said, I think SM would prefer to have one member from each group.

        I seriously need a Jino debut, it’s not even funny.

  • LimpyLimpious

    Listened to Hot Times and still hate the song. Too much YEAHs!, too many vocal runs and high  notes and boring instrumental. 

    I thing Yoo Youngjin should either take a vacation from r&b for awhile, or stop putting the exact same instrumental in all his songs of that style. IMO, it can be painfully boring, like his Sorry Sorry trilogy. “What is Love” only made me think of EXO as a poor copy of TVXQ, and add that to all the EXO discography, which have the same style as rest of SMTOWN, plus EXO’s lack of stage charisma, and you see that the group lacks musical direction.

    If SM The Ballad returns, they should spice up their music with something more original. I know  beat is supposed to be simple in r&b to bring the attention to vocals, but YYJ using the exact same boring instrumental in every song, and adding too much melisma and high notes that have nothing to do with melody is a lazy way to cover up lack of creativity. Sometimes less is more. Hot Times was more of a hot mess to me.

    • noiha

      i know right. i like some yoo youngjin’s upbeat songs as it has a very distinct music and lyrics (o, rising sun, purple line, perfect man, we are the future, maximum), but his ballads/r&b are… ugh, sound very basic and boring. too much screaming, and it doesn’t seem like a vocal group as they’re basically individuals singing their own part.

  • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. I freaking miss SM the Ballad. >_<

  • Gaya_SB

    I wonder what a female version would look like?

    • http://dvqd92.tumblr.com/ Elizabeth

      Thanks for the thought Gaya of a female version of SM The Ballad seeing as how sm like to make male/female counterpart groups as seen in H.O.T. & S.E.S., DBSK & CSJH, Super Junior & Girls’ Generation, Shinee & f(x) and also YG with Big Bang & 2NE1. I think the female version will probably be Taeyeon, Luna, Lina, Amber, Tiffany, Seohyun in it.

    • km313

      This is just a guess, but maybe TTS was supposed to be SM’s indirect attempt at a female version?

    • km313

      This is just a guess, but maybe TTS was supposed to be SM’s indirect attempt at a female version?

      • k_db

        I thought TTS was KRY.  Although Jessica, Seohyun, and Tiffany are hard to rank.

        • km313

          Yeah, I agree with you on TTS being KRY, but I imagine if they were to make a female-SM the Ballad, there would be such an overlap in terms of membership that it would be pointless. But I’m not sure on that.

          Jessica’s voice is polarizing, but I think she used to be a much better singer than she is now. Seohyun has improved over time. She’s reliable in lives and works overtime supporting other girls’ voices. Tiffany’s a hit and miss but I’ve always liked the fact that her voice is lower. Out of the three, Jessica probably has the most technical expertise, but I wouldn’t say her voice is the favorite.

    • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

      SME’s female vocal line isn’t nearly as deep as the male one, though. :/ Plus, I don’t know how well SM would do with R&B for girls…

      This would actually be fun to do with all of Kpop, though. I’d love to see WG’s Yenny do some more R&B. And SISTAR’s Soyou’s voice is kind of jazzy. Hm…

  • Blah2341

    I like the line up, but “Hot Times” was just a shrilly, screaming messfest for me. It didn’t sound very cohesive, and Jonghyun was too loud.

  • km313

    If SMtB makes a comeback, I’d like to see Baekhyun in it. He stands a good chance too. People have commented that his voice sounds a lot like YYJ, who likes working with voices that are familiar to him. The group was really centered around Kyuhyun and Jonghyun’s voices (although on Hot Times, Jonghyun is undeniably the focus), since they’re a bit polar: Kyuhyun’s voice is deeper and smooth, Jonghyun’s voice is higher and accented. But I think Baekhyun’s a really nice compliment because he has the best of both, and I personally love his voice the most out of everyone in EXO. Plus, the idea of him and Jonghyun, who his performance style reminds me of (so many veins), on the same stage excites me. So if they came back, I want Baekhyun to be in it.

    Changmin never had a chance in SM the Ballad, simply because DBSK was in the process of making their big return at the time. Making him a part of the group would have undermined everything SM was trying to do at the time. And I agree, Onew, Ryeowook, and Yesung (and Changmin also) just don’t have the specific color to their voices that suit YYJ ballads.

    And as a side note, I feel like there was never an explanation for the weird cheetah-print styling for SM the Ballad, not that there are ever any explanations for fashion choices in K-pop ever.

  • VLF218

    I melt into a puddle every time I hear Before U Go, Sorry Sorry Answer and What is Love.  Every.  Single.  Time

  • http://twitter.com/JM7228JW J-May 제메이©

    Too bad Jay in the army right now! T.T

    • black_rose45000

      Oh he is? Man I’ve been so out of this, I had no idea…:(

    • black_rose45000

      Oh he is? Man I’ve been so out of this, I had no idea…:(

      • lokifairy

         Jungmo too ;_; but at least they will be both be back in the same year (:

        • black_rose45000

           I was actually hoping Jungmo would’ve enlisted for the same reason, that they’ll be back both at same time :DDDD Thanks for telling me! Let’s look at the bright side ;___;

  • black_rose45000

    I’d be in it for Jay and Henry only, tbh. Oh yeah, and the R&B. :3

  • k_db

    I wouldn’t quite say SM is on an “upswing” in musical content, I’d honestly defer and say they’re stagnant.  Electric Shock was Nu Abo 2.0. Sherlock was messier than the two songs it was comprised of. I actually thought Only You was bland, it’s saving grace being the tight choreo. SFS was an improvement.  I’ll give you that. Catch Me isn’t any better or worse than KYHD (although I liked KYHD as an album better). Twinkle was amazing.  I loved it and the whole mini. However, my favorite release from SM this year was EXO’s History.

    With the exception of Only You, SM still keeps their reputation for shallow lyrics and the only thing better they’ve done this year is manage their roster better. 

    Aside that mini SM rant (which may or may not have me burned at the stake), I agree with everything else.  Also.  More Kyuhyun.

  • kaysai

    ohmygod you reminded me of Jino again..
    that kid is a really2 wasted talented in SM dungeon.. 
    he’s so likeable at the first sight, have amazing voice, handsome voice, tiny body, why SM why???

    and if SM the ballad will make comeback, i’d rather make it trio rather than added an EXO member eventhough i’m an exo fan..
    i just couldn’t imagine how Jonghyun and Kyuhyun with that mature face would be singing in one group with someone in exo and Jino.. it just like watching 2 duo’s have a joint stage together.. kyu will be like a dad or a big hyung.. big no no..

  • Fei

    Uhm… am I the only one who thinks “Hot Times” was just a hot mess? (get it? no? okay..)
    They lack in harmony tbh. Instead the song is basically just a screeching/screaming challenge.

    But I love the other songs of the album ;)

  • noiha

    sorry, but i dislike sm the ballads, their (uh, yoo young jin’s) definition of “ballad” seems just about “scream your voice out”. they lack of harmonizations and their voices didn’t blend that well. sure they’re all excellent vocalists but that’s not how vocal groups work. one good thing from dbsk as five is they have jaejoong’s very smooth vocal, as well as yunho’s less-distinct vocal, so people like junsu and changmin who shouldn’t ever debut in a same group can pull out a nice combination.

    • Salmonsushi

      Yes. I like them as individual singers, but as a group….not really.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000370922282 Chen Hsuan Lin

    totally agree!!
    I love sm the ballad
    and I think Onew may fit in well

  • taestits

    I’m listening to SM The Ballad right now. I sincerely wish that they hadn’t gone on a hiatus. : (

  • kpopfan6

    100% agree !!!

    SM The Ballad is a fabulous unit group and they really need a come back. Same thing goes for Suju-KRY. Both units are super talented and a joy to listen to ^^.

  • http://twitter.com/veria10 Veria

    I really really really miss SM the Ballad and I’m glad I’m not the only one. This line-up was my dream come true – it had my favourite and second favourite singers in Kpop (Kyuhyun and Jay respectively), the Shinee member I like the most and an adorable rookie, all with amazing voices which were absolute heaven to listen to.
    Their mini-album remains one of my favourite that I’ve ever listened to, they got great MVs, solid promotions on radio and it was the perfect platform for Jino to debut off of.
    Sadly, I don’t think this group is ever going to comeback, or at least if it does the line-up won’t be the same, or maybe even up to the same standard. As others have pointed out, quite a few of SM’s top vocalists have polarising voices (Changmin, Ryeowook) and I think this unit calls for a group which can easily harmonise without standing out too much. Anyway, the most I’m hoping for now is for Jino to debut soon.

  • http://yesbabyohyea.blogspot.com/ Nyan

    i need more jino so smtb need to make comeback soon. i don’t mind a christmas album!

  • t.biscuits

    I couldn’t agree more with this article, Thumb Up!!

    and i think SM doesn’t pay much attention talented people than popular, everyone who is talented get into SM become being over shadowed by those untalented popular people :(( such a waste!!