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[Single Review] XIA 'Incredible'

By contagion   Tuesday, July 16, 2013   15,701   135   110



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To hear Junsu's (XIA) fans talk about him, you get the impression that he's some kind of pop deity of creativity and originality, and I keep waiting for Junsu to do something truly exciting and mind-blowing. While his latest single, "Incredible" is fun, I have to admit that I'm still waiting.

"Incredible" (written, composed, and produced by Bruce 'Automatic' Vanderveer, co-written by Junsu) is your standard early/mid-2000's-style club anthem with a strong dance beat and lots of sing-a-long / shout-a-long parts to it. It's an oddly safe stylistic choice for the man who brought us the terrific track, "Tarantallegra", especially since the trend in K-Pop for 2013 has been experimentation and risk-taking. 

Aside from the truly awful rap breakdown courtesy of Quincy (shake your spaceship candy?), there's nothing to complain about with "Incredible". It's a perfectly okay song. But on the same token, there's also nothing to really rave about. There's nothing there to make it memorable or interesting unless you're already a die-hard Junsu fan, because this song has been done a thousand times before by other artists.

While "Tarantallegra" was headed in a very interesting direction, "Uncommitted" and "Incredible" are two big steps backwards into been-there-done-that territory. "Okay" doesn't cut it in a saturated market, especially when you're Junsu and can't actively promote your music on music programs alongside other K-Pop acts. It might be time for Junsu and Vanderveer to press the reset button, part ways or bring in a fresh new songwriter/producer into the mix, because these generic songs aren't going to help Junsu shine as a soloist. Junsu is an incredible singer and performer, but ultimately, this song just doesn't live up to its title.

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my_l Sunday, December 22, 2013

Uncommitted is a beautiful song and shows how smooth his vocals can be, almost like a soft serenade. ;It also went number 1. ;I think Junsu is one of the best Korean artists. ;Many have average voices but he is extremely talented as are the other JYJ members.

devonlovesjyj Thursday, September 19, 2013

Listen to the whole album! It's great, somehow it's both more playful and more mature then the Tarantellagra album. ;

dancertm Wednesday, July 17, 2013

First off I think Junsu immensely talented and I support him in what he does. As a former professional dancer/choreographer and director from the USA I think he's amazing. I have only seen the video and not yet heard this album. ;

When directing a seasoned professional who tries too hard we sometimes say, " got the job!" That's the impression I got from the video; he's trying too hard. It might be bad editing, but in the dance sections he broke one of the rules of the game allowing the audience to see the performer working too hard when the job of the performer is to be so well rehearsed it appears he or she is making up the steps as they other words effortless. ;

Junsu's level as a professional is so very good it will always be of a high standard. Yet, in the video I saw too much formula at play and little creativity. I agree with another comment which stated he might be better served to work with a new team to add freshness; for example ending the video in a chair the same as Tarantallegra? ;

I hope, in the future, he works with a stronger director who will work with the artist and his vision, but at the same time have enough strength to say no. One of the pitfalls for a successful artist is having too many "yes" voices with no one challenging the artist to spark something worthy.

I saw the live performance of Incredible on the showcase, and it went much better on stage. I wish him all the success on his tour. Hwaiting!

jungfiore Wednesday, July 17, 2013

amo a ;junsu y el jamas me decepciona♥♥♥♥♥

MoonJewel5 Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I enjoyed listening to Incredible - it's fresh and fun, fit for summer! But I think the rap should have been excluded.

I think rather than reviewing one song you should have reviewed the album because the songs are really good!

nightshiftus Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I expected something as brilliant as Tarantallegra. ;You can only imagine how disappointed I was. ;

emitless Wednesday, July 17, 2013

As a xiahpwa, i can agree with you on Incredible. But i urge you to listen to his full album. I myself think he should've chose other songs, much more daring and interesting in his album. check it out.

sizzy_gal Wednesday, July 17, 2013

For American taste, this song is surely not something new. But if you have been listening to K-Pop for years especially during the current era of idols where auto tune become a common norm, this song definitely gives a fresh sound. ;

I'm glad that Junsu choose to take different direction from ordinary K-Pop. Personally, I think most of current K-Pop songs sound pretty much the same. When I turn on a music program on Korean channel and just listen to it without looking at it, i can't tell the difference between each group.

I liked Korean music industry when there were more varieties. Now 95% of the artists on weekly music programs are idols. I know that they are talented teens but i think it needs variety.

But i totally agree with the rap part. "Shake our spaceship candy?" What the f**k!?!

chloe_kiim Wednesday, July 17, 2013

hot summer party yaaay!;DD

ola_hitomi Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I am so excited to see Kim Junsu back on stage. From the showcase it looked like he was having so much fun, and he probably had a lot of fun making this video. I know that I am enjoying listening to it... on repeat. LOL

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