This post prompted from a honest comment in JYJ3.
(From a JYJ fan who learned about TVXQ after she knew JYJ.)
I read a lot of JYJ fans who just get to know them as JYJ and learn about TVXQ later on. Most of them cannot connected to TVXQ act I anymore. (Well, some still does.)
My best guess as someone who has observe them from the time they were active as a part of TVXQ…I would say the musical and artistic level of JYJ is far different from TVXQ act 1. All the struggle and freedom that JYJ have tasted over the past 2 years formed and forced them into another level in order to survive in the industry. That is JYJ greatest advancement and I think that’s why many JYJ fans found them appealing and so special, sometimes even more than TVXQ act I.
JYJ’s songs have it all in term of sincerity and emotion. You can feel that they did throw their feeling into their songs, especially when they performing live on stage, singing their own-composed/written song.
Frankly, I used to doubt whether JYJ could success in term of harmonizing and performing as much as TVXQ act I level. I thought that, well, never mind…JYJ is JYJ, no way that they would be able to harmonized as nice as when they had 5 voices together.
But they did prove me wrong.
By this, I still don’t think you can compare TVXQ act I and JYJ, the music, even the harmonization are different from each other. But what I’m writing is about the level of impression that they would leave to the audience.
I saw their live performance for first time as TVXQ just one month before JYJ filed the lawsuit. It was their Mirotic Concert in Bangkok 2009. I liked that concert and TVXQ singing + harmonizing very much and got the impression that they did sing good and they’re good performers, but the memory about their voices didn’t last long. I guess they were too tired. (It was just 5 days before their biggest concert in Tokyo Dome.)
Then, just 2 weeks ago…JYJ did take their live and emotional connect to the audience to another level. I won’t count Thanksgiving in Dome because that concert was somehow emotion-attached to the singers and the audiences from the start. But I never thought that there will be a day that I could really find a song from JYJ that I admire their harmonization as much as I admire TVXQ harmonization in “Love in the Ice”. Then here we got “In Heaven” and such a fantastic concert that prove “it” factor in JYJ as a group. To be honest, when I heard “In Heaven” live, it was the first time that I totally stop yearning secretly for “5 harmonized voices” as I used to do even though I chosed to support JYJ as a group for a long while.
Still, I’m not against the idea that JYJ would form an album with HM later on and sing together as five again. It is their choice. However, I doubt that the old chemistry or even musical connected could do well as they were before. I’m sure that the past 2 years has formed a strong bond between JYJ themselves (also between HM) that no one else could be able to understand and reach inside their bond. Even the way they sing together…you would understand it when you see them live. They were utterly complete as JYJ. (Yes, even Jaejoong said he was doubt whether they could do better music if they were still five…I would say they might, just because you got 2 more ranges and voices to play with your songs.)
Also, considering the fact that JYJ music is from and for JYJ, they got their own up and down sides. Yoochun said in an interview when they were active as TVXQ that it didn’t really matter which kind of song he liked but rather what kind of song that fit the group images and voices. That’s actually the huge different in term of JYJ and TVXQ act I music. You can partially say that most of TVXQ act I songs were indeed manufactured. It doesn’t mean those songs were bad…some of them were so great but as I said, it doesn’t really fit members own music interest. So you get more soul in JYJ music because JYJ songs are mostly theirs, JYJ production, just exactly what they want to do.
Just like JJ said “I learned just how happy it is, to be free.”
That’s my observation which is not fact and rather depends on my preference.