Suzy Is An Underrated Artist

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    Suzy Is An Underrated Artist

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    When one discusses underrated artists in kpop, Suzy is not a commonly posed example.

    As premier starlet of JYP and internationally recognized visual, she doesn't fit the normal profile of one who might be considered to be undervalued.

    However, in my opinion, she is in fact underrated.

    In a landscape dominated by edm, tropical house and hip hop influenced pop, Suzy aspires to varied heights.

    JYP could easily have elected to give Suzy current trend material for her title tracks, yet he and his production team have instead chosen to diversify her offerings and reach for something different, even if they don't land commercially.

    Yes No Maybe



    Suzy's Yes No Maybe released in early 2017 is one of the most underrated tracks of any artist in kpop in recent memory.

    The stripped down minimalist approach fits the aesthetic evoked by the music video. It's the kind of minimal, roughly constructed romantic performance you'd expect to find in some swank smoke filled music hall on a dark side street in Hong Kong. A place of late night trysts and unseemly encounters between secretive lovers and exiles, sharply dressed gentlemen trying to drown their troubles in liquor and companionship, and sensual women in want of romance, glamour and escape.

    Here is a song that is moody and sexy. Dark and seedy. A sensuous and romantic lament. Mature in it's fragile femininity and presentation.

    It remains on my shortlist of the best tracks of the last 5 years.

    Don't Wait For You Love



    A 2017 duet with Park Won, Don't Wait For Your Love is a prime example of Suzy's particular talent as a vocalist.

    Her light, airy and feminine voice pairs beautifully with Park Won's soft, masculine vocals and works to offer one of the best acoustic romantic pop pieces of recent memory.

    The song paints a beautiful portrait of youthful romance and the hesitation, lightness of heart, and possibility that such situations entail, with Suzy and Park Won's vocals ushering us gently along the way.

    It is one of the best singer-songwriter-esque acoustic pop tracks released in kpop in recent years.

    Holiday



    Suzy's most recent released track, Holiday, offers up a very minimal romantic pop piece with light jazz influences.

    Dreamy and elegant in it's presentation, Suzy's soft vocals serenade us as we are taken on a luxurious tour of exotic locales and breathtaking scenery.

    While I don't think the track ultimately hits the height it intends, I still commend Suzy and team for their effort to give us something different.

    Such a piece that evokes the kind of jet-setting atmosphere of the kind once featured in Old Hollywood movies about the wealthy and their aspirational lives, is nearly unheard of in kpop.


    In Summary

    In a time when many decry the stale nature of kpop and the lack of diverse offerings, Suzy is releasing tracks that look to step beyond the confines her background and status might suggest.

    Suzy, conventional visual, dares to be unconventional.

    Give her another listen.


    Yours Truly,

    Eman






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    I guess her music isn't my style and her songs are forgettable, well for me at least.
     
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    That's okay!

    This is just one Eman's opinion.

    :merongk:
     
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    I loved miss A Suzy more
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    *cries in Say A*
     
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    Sigh
     
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    Insightful response.

    ;)
     
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    ^^^agreed

    People need to stop sleeping
     
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    Underrated? uhm Korea wouldn't say so...
     
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    Her releases do perform better in Korea, you're right.

    But she's not usually referenced for her offerings as an artist, but rather the focus is on her visual beauty or other idol attributes.

    And from a critical perspective she doesn't get the recognition I believe she deserves.
     
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    I am not good at arguing. :(
     
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    Okay I see what you mean, but with all honesty and with only 2 mini albums out she still has time to grow as an artist. She seems to be concentrating more on her acting career and CF's lately which is also a reason why her image as an artist might get overshadowed.
     
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    I like her as an idol, but her songs just aren't my cup of tea. I will listen to her other songs, maybe I'll like it better. Anyway, I'm a huge fan of Miss A :) I liked her collab with Baekhyun though...
     
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    Her best song and the second best OST released last year :yesr:
     
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    Good points.

    :)
     
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    I partially agree with this. I say partially because I have yet to listen to her full albums? but I did listen to her title tracks for her latest effort and they do stray from the current trends in kpop. I was surprised by Holiday and funnily enough i didnt consider it a snoozefest as it has been called here. Certainly it makes better background music for conversation and studies than a a song to jam and dance around.

    And as you said she's not undervalued or underapreciated, it's just that her strong points for fame are not currently in line with the places she want to drive her talents to. Or at least it looks like that.
     
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    Idk... I don't dislike her music or her vocal color, but her technique/support(?) makes her music sound a bit off to me. It doesn't sound like her singing style is a choice; it is that way because she has trouble putting more power in her voice? That was my first reaction for Yes No Maybe. Yeri, for example, had a similar problem in Bad Boy recently. They settle for their comfortable ranges/key(?) even if the song isn't originally written that way.

    Sorry for all the ?s, I'm not sure how to phrase what I'm thinking.
     
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    She is an amazing singer but her songs are not that great. Her acting is also kinda average..

    BUT shes still young. She has more to her and more to show.
     
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    Love most of her songs with the exception of Holiday. Yes No Maybe was good but idk her title tracks seems to be underwhelming to me. Absolutely love In Love With Someone Else. I've been religiously listening to it since it came out and her OST from WYWS is great too.
     
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    I loved Holiday! Its such a chill song and its so relaxing to listen to
    but the problem with it was the fact that it didnt fit the way she was performing it on music shows
    there was something so off about her dancing to a chill song like that
     
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    I have same feelings about Suzy.
    I do agree with the OP that her/JYP's attempt to offer a different style of music is commendable.
    But Suzy's vocal is weak, technically speaking. It sounds like her voice is only half present, the other half is just air. You can call it a "style" and understandably some people like it, but it is a style that uses poor vocal technique.
    If Suzy can only sing like this, her range (and repertoire) would be very limited and her vocal skills are unlikely to develop further.

    I know I'm sounding blunt, and hopefully it doesn't come across as bashing.
    I actually quite like Suzy (more as an actress). I even like some of the songs themselves. Just not crazy about her vocal.
     
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