미쳐보려 해도 (Can’t Be Crazy)
Album: Just Like Me
Release date: 24th May, 2011
미쳐보려 해도 (Can’t Be Crazy) is the title track of Alex’s second full length album Just Like Me. Alex is better known for his electronica trio Clazziquai under the company Fluxus Music. This song has fused elements of electronica and string sounds together to create a beautiful, fantasy-like ballad number.
The song begins by introducing a steady accompaniment followed by the entering of percussion and vocals at about 0:07. The accompaniment is quite repetitive, maintaining an unchanging structure throughout the entire first verse, but partners well with Alex’s mellow, gentle style of singing. The first verse gives a laid-back, easygoing atmosphere, and the song is set at a walking speed, andante, which enhances the relaxing mood. There is a lift in the atmosphere and emotions as the chorus enters at around 0:43. More instruments are added to strengthen the accompaniment; strings and guitars can be heard, and Alex’s voice also picks up volume, accentuating and emphasizing the sentiments of the song. The chorus ends at around 1:34, and the second verse starts, mimicking the first verse in exactly the same way, but this time soft sounds of a guitar are added into the accompaniment. Chorus re-enters at 2:10, and the mood is raised again. A string instrumental bridge enters at 3:02, sustaining the atmosphere of the song, and a section from the chorus is repeated at 3:14, but the mood drops as the accompaniment suddenly quiets down until only a faint sound of a keyboard, and the rest of the accompaniment re-enters at around 3:20. The song comes to an end at around 3:50 as everything slows down, and concludes.
I gave this song a 5 out of 5. There had been lots of mixed opinions on not only this song, but Alex’s entire album, as many people think that the tracks do not enhance Alex’s vocal range and abilities, but rather make them appear restricted and bland. The accompaniment in this song is also quite repetitive and unvaried. However, I still gave this song a 5 out of 5 because personally I think it is successful in presenting the emotions and messages that were intended. This song isn’t conveying thunderous and powerful, or even dramatic emotions of love and desire, but rather a more preserved and retained type of admiration, as Alex sings about the past and memories. The song itself is about how he cannot lose his mind and express his pain and longing of a past happiness, no matter how much he wants to, and therefore these lyrics and these intentions combines well with the simple yet beautiful music.
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