I hum this song a lot. It’s so beautiful. I can’t understand it unless I have the translated lyrics in front of me, but the emotions expressed by the strong vocals and sweet melody pulls you into it to feel lonely and sad. And yet, in the end, it has an optimistic feel to it. I like it a lot.
The original song was sung by Hideaki Tokunaga, and because the song has this power to capture your heart, it has since been covered by Jacky Cheung (in Chinese) and Tohoshinki/TVXQ, Hitomi Shimatani, and recently, JYJ.
The original song is great but my favourite version is by JYJ when they sang this during the Thanksgiving Live in Dome concert. I liked Jaejoong’s rock rendition of the bridge and more importantly, the English pronunciation of JYJ’s members were better than Hideaki’s one.
If you are a hard-core Toh0-fan like me, you would have thought that the version by all five of them would be far more superior. Ironically, it wasn’t. No matter how many times I replayed it, I can’t bring myself to like Tohoshinki’s version when all of them sang this in 2009. With six singers (five TVXQ members and Hideaki-sama himself) singing this song, not surprisingly, the song’s lonely and emotional vibe didn’t shine through. It was just bland. I wasn’t as affected as when I listened to Hideaki and JYJ’s versions.
Listening to JYJ’s Rainy Blue makes me so positive. It reinforces my opinion that JYJ will pull through and if they keep enduring this difficult phase, JYJ might succeed. Compared to when they were in TVXQ, JYJ might even achieve even greater heights, if not in volume of fans, it will be in terms of artistic achievement.
Well, if you want to disagree with me, I’ve listed here the different versions of ‘Rainy Blue’. More versions can be found in YouTube.
The original version (live): Hideaki Tokunaga – I liked this too
JYJ’s version from the Thanksgiving Live In Dome concert – I LOVE this the most! Listen to JJ’s voice during the bridge.
Jaejoong and Yoochun – Boy Pop Factory (2009)
Tohoshinki (FNS 2009) – Too saturated (in my opinion)