Younha is finally back with a new solo song, “Wasted,” and it is sure to not only please her fans, but make her some new ones in the process.
Earlier this year, Younha collaborated with Jung Joon Young for the song “Just the Way You Are,” (you can hear the song and read our thoughts here) and that song showed that her uniquely emotional and husky voice could blend well with Jung Joon Young’s signature rasp beautifully. No too long after that, she was given the rights to record her own version of the Epik High classic “Umbrella” by none other than Tablo himself, as a gift for her 10th anniversary since her debut. That release proved that she could not only do it justice, but she could master a song made incredibly popular by a well-known and well-respected group. Now, with “Wasted,” she’s showing that she can shine even more brightly in her own material.
There is so much to talk about and so much to love in this song and video, so let’s just get right to it, shall we? First, the song. This is a beautiful song, with zero English and yet even without understanding much Korean, the emotion and the pain comes through. The audio alone makes sure you know this is a song that is made to pull at your heartstrings, remind you of your feelings and just get down inside your soul and live. Once you add the video to the mix, I challenge you to remain untouched. Again, there is no English here to make it easy on the listener but then watching this video, I think that might actually be a blessing. The story is one that we all can empathize with; the painful, traumatic and unwanted end of a serious relationship. Watching Younha grieve, struggle with her former lover, and struggle with herself, makes for powerful images that are so familiar.
There are English subbed versions out there, if you choose to go looking for one. The translation in to a familiar language makes an already emotional song even more touching. One section that sums up this song best is:
“Today more than yesterday
Tomorrow more than today
You said you would care for me and love me
You clearly said that back then
But what do I become
What becomes of me , who foolishly believed in you?”
These words echo a sentiment most people can identify with, that moment in a horrible break up when you just don’t know how to go on. Younha’s voice is so powerful, so adept at conveying emotion that I always wonder why she not a household name, and why more international fans do not name her among their favorites. I am usually violently anti-ballad, but I have yet to hear a song by Younha that didn’t go immediately in to my playlist. This song is another that went directly into rotation.
What did you think about it? Were you like me and already a fan of Younha or is this your first exposure to her? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: CJENMMUSIC Official YouTube
Edited by: Laura Dees