[Opinion] Seohyun: An integral part of SNSD’s Vocal Line?
Since SNSD’s conception, Taeyeon, Jessica, Seohyun, Tiffany and Sunny have made up the main vocal line of the group. These 5 are usually not absent from performances that rely on vocal ability and have performed for SNSD sub-groups and drama OSTs. What is highly disputed within the SONE fandom is which of these should be considered the lead singers of SNSD and which the vocal line could most likely do without. While other fans may tell you otherwise, I don’t think it would be the same without the maknae, Seohyun.
Before I begin to state my case, let me make it clear that I thoroughly enjoy all of the vocal line and even most of the dancing line’s voices. This is not an article about whose voice sounds the best, since I honestly believe it depends on one’s personal preference. But I think Seohyun hasn’t been getting the credit that is due, since those who prefer the sound of other voices underestimate her role. I would also like to add that I am not a professional and haven’t taken any form of vocal training, but I think there are some things that are just obvious to even the untrained ear.
1. Seohyun is the harmonizer. You will notice during certain performances that Seohyun’s voice is the one that ties everything together. She is very good at harmonizing with the other girls as well as any male she collaborates with. Having someone with this skill in the group is absolutely necessary.
A few examples:
Banmal Song with Jung Yonghwa of CN Blue
While I was in the process of writing this post, SNSD appeared on the American late-night show, Letterman, and their performance further proves my point. SONE & Kpop fans alike were impressed by Seohyun’s skills. If you listen closely, she is singing back-up for almost all of the members. It is quite commendable, especially knowing the girls only had one take to perfect it.
2. Is that a recording? Or Seohyun? If you still believe that a performer singing live while dancing a routine should sound exactly as they do on your cd, then you’re being a little naive. But I was pleasantly suprised when I was expecting Seohyun to sound out of breath during The Boys promotions. Nope, not our Hyun. I actually began cringing before her long “my boooooy” line and when I heard it, I swelled up with pride.
Here’s SNSD’s Comeback Special. It was natural for the girls to make extra mistakes during their first music show recording, but Seo was only a bit shaky, the rest of her performance was pretty flawless. (Seo’s verse begins at 1:05)
Another The Boys Performance (Seo’s verse begins at 1:12)
3. Seohyun is consistent. This is a point that ties in with the last one. While some of the other girls can be hit-or-miss during live performances, SNSD can count on Seohyun to sing her lines beautifully. Of course, there are exceptions, and Seohyun does make mistakes, but these instances are pretty rare.
4. Her voice just sounds good, period. Whether you prefer the husky sounds of Tiffany’s vocals or Sunny’s light tones, you can’t deny that Seohyun’s voice sounds good enough to be a part of the vocal line. She is one of the members who continues to improve by leaps and bounds as time passes.
This is a fancam of Seohyun’s performance of “Stuff Like That There” during their Japanese tour. Seohyun did not rely on a backtrack during the performance as you can hear the difference each time it’s performed.
Taeyeon and Seohyun covering Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me”
Seohyun performs “Have a Merry Little Christmas” along with Jessica, Gain of Brown Eyed Girls and JiEun of Secret in this next clip. Although Jessica is pushing herself farther, Seohyun’s voice sounds absolutely marvelous and she holds her own.
This final video is of Jazz & Rock versions of Gee. This is a perfect example of SNSD's vocal line working together and sounding heavenly. I honestly can't imagine SNSD being the same without any of these talented ladies.
So, SONE... agree or disagree? Are there any awesome Seohyun performances I missed? Who is your favorite out of the vocal line?
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