I still don’t rate JYJ‘s music and performances on the level of what TVXQ are currently doing, but as far as the trio’s solo stuff goes, they are shitting on bitches left and right (that means that they’re really good, fyi). Junsu’s epic “Tarantallegra” restored my faith in male pop soloists after the likes of Justin Bieber and Chris Brown destroyed it, and now his bandmate, Jaejoong, has knocked my wig, weave, and falsies clean off with his new single, “Mine.”
Jaejoong’s gone total J-rock for his solo, visual kei and all (which I wrote about over on Popdust). “Mine” is a big, melodic metal fest, bursting with all the hyperactivity of an anime series’ opening theme. Jaejoong’s voice, strong and emotive from years of singing Asian power ballads, is stretchy enough to reach the rollercoaster highs and lows that a song this deliciously dramatic requires.
Jaejoong is a smart boy for releasing a song like this. Not just because it’s fucking flawless and slays my entire life, but since Korea is still being shady towards JYJ, it only makes sense for him to drop something that’s going to appeal to the rest of Asia instead of trying to conform to the style of a country that won’t even let him perform on TV. Hopefully we see a Japanese version of “Mine” in the future, as well as some J-pop and J-rock from JYJ. After all, Japan’s where the money’s at these days.