Shin Hye Sung – Find Voice In Song
Shin Hye Sung has simultaneously released an album in both Korea and Japan this past summer. The album “Find Voice in Song” is his first full length Japanese album, consisting of twelve songs ranging from emotional ballads to dynamic upbeat numbers. All the songs but the last one are sung in Japanese.
The album begins with the title track, “虹の向こう (Nijino Muko)” which translates as “That Side of the Rainbow.” Listeners can hear and feel the beauty of this ballad number through Shin Hye Sung’s emotional vocals and the song’s appealing arrangements. This is a great start to a Japan breakthrough album.
Track five is “Gone Today” which in contrast to the title track is upbeat with rock rhythms and sounds. Shin Hye Sung does a great job giving this song an edge by singing each verse with a softer, huskier voice followed by an energetic chorus line. A Korean version of the song is also included at the end of the album for fans back at home to enjoy as well.
My favorite song off the album would have to be “遠い世界” as it was the one song that caught my ear on first listen. The piano and string arrangements are just very alluring and they flow beautifully with Shin Hye Sung’s soft, yet strong vocals. This medium tempo number starts off a bit mellow, soon followed by a bit more powerful chorus. Those unfamiliar with the artist should definitely give it a try.
Other songs included in the album are “春の中で (Haruno Nakate)” which translates to “Inside Spring” and “僕らの永遠 (Bokurano Eien)” which means “Our Eternity.” The former song is an emotional ballad while the latter is an upbeat dynamic pop number. Through these two songs, Shin Hye Sung is able to show his wide singing range and styles. However, like a lot of the songs included in the album, they failed to catch my attention as they seemed all but mediocre.
In conclusion, I say Shin Hye Sung did a great job singing in a foreign language. His voice as usual is also unfailing. However, I did wish the artist did get better songs with an even greater range in genres to truly show his musical talent.
5/5 – Even if you’re not a fan of this artist/group this album is a must buy.
4/5 – If you’re a fan of this artist/group, you must buy this album.
3/5 – If you’re a fan of this artist/group, you might want to add this one to your collection.
2/5 – I don’t think a fan would even buy this.
1/5 – You might as well just flush your money down the toilet