Current Obsession: Xia Junsu – Flower

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Seven months really is too long a time, but here we are in 2015 with yet another Current Obsession. This week, we’ll be taking a closer look at Xia Junsu’s “Flower,” the title track for the singer’s third full-length album recently released on March 3, 2015.

I kid you not when I say that I’ve had this song on repeat for days on end—but what can I say? The melody is addictive, and the song is just that good.

Xia Junsu- “꽃 (Flower)” [ Download ]

 

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The Artist: Kim Junsu, stage name Xia

The Backstory: Can you believe that this year marks the tenth year since I first listened to Junsu’s voice? We’d have to go back to the singer’s idol days, back when he was a DBSK (or TVXQ, depending on how you romanize it) member and promoting the single “Rising Sun.” To be more exact, I first saw a Youtube clip of the variety show of yore, X-man, with either U-know Yunho or Micky Yoo-chun (or perhaps both). When I watched the “Rising Sun” music video, I was instantly hooked.

Fast-forward some years to the JYJ years, when I was divided on the group’s first few singles—no, “Aye Girl” did not suit my fancy. Even then, I couldn’t deny that Junsu was one of the strongest vocalists in the industry, and also saddened that it wasn’t showcased as much as I’d hoped. Since I don’t live in Korea, I didn’t get to see Junsu perform in musical theatre, either—though if the stories are true, then I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy his singing pipes anyway, thanks to the reverberating fangirl screams whenever he’d open his mouth.

Little did I know then that the trio would need to branch off into their solo careers for me to tune into more of their music. In regards to Junsu, while I liked “Tarantallegra,” I had trouble divorcing the idea of the cutesy Xiah Junsu to this new solo singer breaking away with a sexy image. Junsu’s second album “Incredible” was another complete change, and while again, I liked the sound of the title track, the rap break was hard to swallow in an otherwise upbeat song.

But if there was ever a word to describe Junsu’s musical style, it would be this: experimentation. Even with all these different image changes, however no one can argue that the singer hasn’t tried everything under the sun. That goes for his hairdo as well, as he himself stated in a recent hashtag interview that he’s probably dyed his hair every shade in the rainbow, save for pastel colors. So it’s a combination of his visual and musical transformations that makes Junsu more than an idol and more than a singer. This guy is a true artist.

 

The Song: As previously mentioned, I’ve generally liked most of Junsu’s past tracks. Unfortunately, I haven’t followed every single since Junsu mostly does ballads (but he’s got the voice for it, so why not do what you do best, I say!). But what made this song different from the other ones he’s put out is the haunting and ethereal feel of it, the operatic accompaniment rounding out his powerful vocals.

Whereas the other songs felt like Junsu was trying too hard to break away from his idol days by being extra sensual, there’s a sense of confidence you can both hear in the song and see in the music video. Granted, the music video itself might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I love the rich colors, the spectacular opulence, and most of all, Junsu taking ownership of his music. That’s something I can certainly respect, and yet no matter how drastic the transformations can be, this will be the side of Junsu I always enjoy:

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The Lyrics: (Korean from Naver Music and English from Kpop Lyrics)

Take my hand
You know I’m here with you
Say my name
Cuz lies can’t kill the truth

타들어가고 있어
거짓 안에 숨겨왔던 진실들을
숨을 죽이고 있어
작은 입술 위에 깨진 많은 꿈들

Nobody can help me
썩어버린
기억 저 편위에 나를 꺼내줘

Come take my hand
Come take my hand
말라버린 내 심장을 적셔줘

Come take my hand
Till the end
다시 널 위해 살아갈 수 있게
Please take my

무참히 밟혀진 꽃
Looks like love is pain
꺾인 날개처럼

날 구속하는 수많은 그 상처
파고드는 슬픈 가시 같아

Come take my hand
Come take my hand
말라버린 내 심장을 적셔줘

Come take my hand
Till the end
다시 널 위해 살아갈 수 있게
Please take my hand

It’s all right
Take my hand
이 잘난 세상엔 실수조차 큰 죄가 돼
Don’t cry
또 다시 세간의 화제가 된 넌 재가 되고
다 살점 하나 떼 가네
Your life Your soul Your world
They cannot kill it
날 봐 죽고 다시 눈 떠 I killed it
날 삼켰던 어둠 이제 내가 너를 삼키네
폭풍의 눈을 찔러
뿌리 깊은 꽃은 피네
이게 진리
다 끝난 것 같지
그간 널 덮친 세상에 문 하나 없지
누구나 다 겪지
I tell you it’s okay
작은 빛이라도 어둠이 삼키지는 못해

Come take my hand (Just take my hand)
Come take my hand (Uh uh uh)
말라버린 내 심장을 적셔줘
(Cuz love is pain like a candle in the rain)

Come take my hand (Take My Hand)
Till the end (Till The End)
다시 널 위해 살아갈 수 있게

 

Take my hand
You know I’m here with you
Say my name
Cuz lies can’t kill the truth

It’s burning up
The truths hidden in lies
It’s being silenced
All the dreams broken on the small lips

Nobody can help me
Take me out from the rotten memories

Come take my hand
Come take my hand
Drench my dried up heart

Come take my hand
Till the end
So I can live for you again
Please take my

The cruelly trampled flower
Looks like love is pain
Like broken wings

The countless scars that imprison me
They’re like sad thorns that dig into me

Come take my hand
Come take my hand
Drench my dried up heart

Come take my hand
Till the end
So I can live for you again
Please take my

It’s all right
Take my hand
In this arrogant world, even mistakes become big sins
Don’t cry
You’ve become the world’s hot topic then you turn into ash
Then they take away each piece of you
Your life Your soul Your world
They cannot kill it
Look at me, I’ve died but I opened my eyes again, I killed it
The darkness swallowed me but now I’m swallowing you
Piercing through the storm of snow
A deeply rooted flower blossoms
This is the truth
It may seem like it’s all over
There wasn’t a single door in this world that smothered you
Everyone goes through this
I tell you it’s okay
Even if it’s a small light, the darkness can’t swallow it

Come take my hand (Just take my hand)
Come take my hand (Uh uh uh)
Drench my dried up heart
(Cuz love is pain like a candle in the rain)

Come take my hand (Take My Hand)
Till the end (Till The End)
So I can live for you again

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