Top 100 (Korean) Songs of the Decade: #30~21

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30. 윤하 (Younha) – Someday
Album: Someday
Release: 8-28-2008

(As with all fan subtitles, don’t trust it completely.)

Young talents are often responsible for some of the greatest innovations in the music scene–and Younha’s 2008 sophomore album, Someday, was one of the best outings Korea ever saw from a teen artist. This immensely gifted piano-rock artist took the excellence found in her debut album 고백하기 좋은 날 (A Good Day to Confess) to unforeseen heights, and the resulting second release combined exhilarating melodies with musical maturity to beget one of the most memorable soundscapes in recent years.

The album was full of standout tracks: bubbly lead single “Telepathy”, winter wonderland-ish followup “Gossip Boy”, and stormy orchestra rock number “Hero” were all well and good. However, one track just stood leaps and bounds over the others: the album-titular “Someday”. The song is a display of raw rock power that Younha hadn’t chosen to share at all until that point (certainly not in the debut album). The moment the intro drops, it’s apparent that this isn’t your typical Younha; neither the solidness of the hard-rock instrumentation nor the seriousness of the melody is something that would have been expected here. The track is explosive in its execution; the guitar and strings synchronize an anthemic accompaniment, while the drums throw down powerful thumps throughout.

Younha’s unparalleled deftness with her voice is always a breath of fresh air. Here she pulls off another laudable performance, mixing her trademark delicate sensitivity with enough power to carry the melody amidst the chaos of instrumentation. We’d heard this style before in tracks like “Delete” before, and it only reaffirms the conclusions drawn from that past: Younha is one of the few artists with a style that flows across genres. Even besides the fact that she doesn’t have to try particularly hard to hit her notes and convey what she wants to, it’s apparent that a change in genre poses absolutely zero challenge for her prowess. Which is plenty reason to be excited about where this still-young artist might go next.

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