There are so many things I disagree with in this article -___-. I mean, I know they’re providing ‘critisms’, but to say Ryeowook “only sings the high parts within Super Junior” is going a bit too far. Yes, he does mostly sing high parts, but they obviously don’t follow SuJu closely, since I’ve heard him sing pretty low parts too. I’ve bolded the parts which I think the judges should reconsider i.e. eat their words and choke.
The April issue of men’s fashion magazine “Arena” judged the talents of the main vocals of idol groups. Group DongBangShinGi’s Xiah JunSu received the highest praise, SoNyuhShiDae’s TaeYeon and Wonder Girls’ SunYe were given similar marks. SS501’s Huh YoungSeng and Big Bang’s DaeSung, Super Junior’s RyeoWook received the lowest marks.
The judging was done by singer Kim YunWoo, pop music critic Cha WooJin, and M.Net’s Park ChanWook PD. The three said of Xiah JunSu’s voice, “The reason why his vocal does not exceptionally stand out is because of DongBangShinGi’s songs,” and “He is a commendable vocalist who we feel sorry to label as an idol singer.” Kim YunWoo said, “He gives a nice feel of having talent as well as having received much training.”
Although not as skilled in comparison with Xiah JunSu, Shinee’s JongHyun received positive feedback. They stated, “He is a singer whose next step we are anticipating more than his current stand,” and “JongHyun’s vocal is one of the reasons why Shinee succeeded.”
TaeYeon and SunYe, who are receiving much interest and attention as members of rival groups Soh Nyuh Shi Dae and Wonder Girls, received positive criticism. They said of TaeYeon, “She knows how to cover up her weaknesses well,” and “She has a plain tone but has an ability to make it noticeable. You can say she is fox-like vocal.” Of SunYe they said, “She has the most mature voice out of the Wonder Girls and she utilizes good breathing technique and intuitively matches the her singing to each song.”
Xiah JunSu’s, JongHyun’s, and TaeYeon’s high marks are largely due to SM Entertainment’s strict vocal training. With H.O.T., SM created symbolic first-generation idol groups with the focus on their outward appearances, but strove hard to find idol singers with skills.
The strong opinion on BoA and Xiah JunSu is that they, at the very least, have surpassed the level of idol singers who rely on the power of catchy songs. Thanks to composing and lyric-writing, idols brushing past fundamental creational training to turn into soloists is one of SM’s methods.
On the other hand, they said of SS501’s Huh YoungSeng, “It appears that he has talent, but he is incomplete in effort. The degree to which he is lacking is severe.” In comparison with Xiah JunSu, who is a member of what could be seen as rival group DongBangShinGi, he is of average level. They also said of Super Junior’s RyeoWook, “He only sings the high parts within Super Junior, he is unable to show personal color,” and of Big Bang’s DaeSung, “He tends to overconfidently sing high-pitched parts but he needs to grow the power to control such sounds,” and gave low marks.
I don’t follow Big Bang closely, but even I can tell Daesung has a nice voice O___O. And what they said about Junsu was nice, but what about the rest of DBSK? Jaejoong and Changmin have beautiful voices too.
Ok, whatever. The people who wrote this are just a bunch of goons who desire to be the target of the wrath of fangirls.