Top 100 (Korean) Songs of the Decade: #10~#1

Previous Entry (#20~11):

https://jdbae.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/top-100-korean-songs-of-the-decade-2011/

10. g.o.d. – 길 (The Road)
Album: Chapter 4: 길 (The Road)
Release: 11-12-2001

(Song starts about two minutes in.)

Formerly five-man boy band g.o.d. (stands for Groove Over Dose. Yeah, everyone ignores it.) had talent that remains questionable–a couple of the members were okay at rap, and the four members besides lead vocal Kim Tae-Woo had only so-so singing ability before some went solo. What isn’t questionable is the importance of the social messages that their songs contained, compared to the slightly less concerned idol groups today.

“The Road” was actually not as popular as their former “To Mother” or “Lie”, among others, but to me the song signifies the apex of g.o.d.’s musical achievement. The five members’ easy vocals float over four minutes of minimalist instrumentation, where strings (both soothing and haunting at once) punctuate acoustic guitar and appropriately light percussion; the two lead vocals, Kim and Son Ho-Young, cry out with characteristic emotion. What really makes this song is the lyrics: in a time of uncertainty for many teens and young adults, when a still-recovering-from-crippling-recession left little opportunities, g.o.d. sang of the struggle that they had with their future, of the role of destiny, and of dreams. Large numbers of people still testify to the powerful effect that this song had on them when they were young, and I feel that its message, summed up by the chorus, rings more true than ever today.

Why I am I standing on this road
Is this really the road for me
Will my dreams come true at the end of this road?
What do I dream about
Who is that dream really for
When I achieve that dream, will I be able to smile?

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Top 100 (Korean) Songs of the Decade: #90~81

Previous entry (#100~91):

https://jdbae.wordpress.com/2010/12/28/top-100-korean-songs-of-the-decade-10091/


90. 성시경 (Sung Si-Kyung) – 처음처럼 (Like At First)
Album: 처음처럼 (Like at First)
Release: April 2001. Believe it or not, I was not able to find the actual release date of this album. If anyone else can, please let me know!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRZMLMMaA5w (This video is unembeddable, unfortunately.)

Sung Si-Kyung’s debut album is pretty much the only working cassette tape that still exists in my household right now. Remember what those were? Cassettes? But anyway, this soft-spoken ballad artist came onto the scene while still in college with this phenomenal album, and launched himself into stardom instantly with “Like At First”. Sung possesses an extremely tender voice, but true to his figure (6’3″ and 173, if you were wondering), he can put tons of breath behind it when needed as in this case. This expressive vocalist, when paired up with an expansive, soothing melody line and one of the most romantic set of lyrics in ballad history, can make things happen. Like a berth in this Top 100.

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