Yah, Ji Hoon! What have you done to Tae Jin Ah???
credits: 30rain on Instagram
It’s all my fault. I had expected something mind-blowing like that mash-up video that Rain Tweeted. Instead, he just put the legendary trot singer in costume and made him sing ‘la la lala’. I am a tad disappointed.
Well, if there’s one good thing that came out of it, it’s that at least I can finally watch Rain perform La Song on a music show without cringing at the sight of his stage outfit.
Here’s the performance:
(source: ThanhamKoreanKBS2 at YouTube)
On the other hand… I absolutely ADORE Rain Effect‘s finale episode called the “Natural Concert”.
Well… I adored the songs, that is. The rest of the show bummed me out. But at least the songs are great, and Ji Hoon looks super-YUMMY. Love the hair, love the shirt, love the pants, super-love the shoes. The blings, I could live without, but one can’t have everything.
I totally lost it when this part came in. Marilyn Monroe is just about the only song that I really liked in Rain Effect and hearing it stripped down like this coupled with Rain and a salt shaker percussion that brought me visions of Ricky Martin and his maracas at his Unplugged concert reduced me into pools of jelly. I nearly cried, I really did. I don’t care who this song is written for (Rain says we can think whatever we like, so I’m going to go ahead and think that this song is NOT written for the current girlfriend and I don’t care what anyone else thinks), I absolutely LOVE how he sang it here.
The medley of his past hits is also insanely awesome, except that I particularly missed I Do. I’ll just think that save for the first album in which the real hit was not the title track, he only had to pick one song per album. And of course, it has to be It’s Raining for Vol. 3.
The scaled-down arrangements made 30 Sexy and especially La Song palatable to my ears. Finally, I heard the right emotions from Dear Mama, Don’t Cry.
If Rain/Cube/Loen is a marketing genius like YG, he would release a repackaged Rain Effect which will feature an extra CD containing the Natural Concert versions of the songs. I’ll probably be enticed to finally buy that album if he comes up with this. Shall we file a petition?