[#20] DBSK - "Something"

From: "TENSE"
Released: January
Territory: South Korea
Previous Best of Entries: 2009: "Mirotic" / 2010: [#6] "BREAK OUT!" / 2011: [#3] "Before U Go" and [#1] "Back To Tomorrow" / 2012: [#28] "ANDROID" and [#9] "Catch Me" / 2013: [#8] "I Know"
Other notable song(s) from 2014: "Moonlight Fantasy", "Off Road", "Your Man"

Considering how much I talk about DBSK (and JYJ) throughout the year, there's nothing much more to say really. While I think the quality of their Japanese material is deteriorating and their Korean material remains trendy despite also suffering with regards to innovation, I established long ago that DBSK will continue to thrive, or at least sustain their musical identity, because it's not dependent on any stylistic or technological trends -- DBSK's identity is their talent, their vocals, and the way they execute what is given to them.

"Something" is yet another example of the DBSK identity -- take a trend and do it better than everyone else. Take a trend and deliver it effortlessly, like it's something they've been doing their entire careers. "Rising Sun" was the SMP track, "Mirotic" the Swedish/European pop, the list goes on.

What I said about "Something" earlier this year pretty much sums up what I think of the song:
Mainly, I want to talk about the reasons why there is so much life in "Something," as opposed to past SM attempts at this sound. One is Yunho and Changmin's vocals. This is a kind of sound that requires the effortless mastery I always look for -- an instrumental as packed and chaotic as the one on "Something" needs and melody that is executed with conviction, by vocalists who are confident in their abilities and who know what to do with them. There's no room for hesitation on this melody, which is perfectly fine because Yunho and Changmin are not the types to hesitate. That lack of hesitation on their part is the reason why there is such a wide range of technique on the melody. Yunho's staccato-like first verse, Changmin's smooth second verse, the quick shift from melodic to choppy by both of them at the chorus, all perfectly executed.


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