Originally found through a YouTube video, I got interested in Lee Jung Ah through an English language song. That’s different considering she’s based out of South Korea. Her voice has depth. It’s not based in higher octaves and is able to sustain as long as necessary. Listening to “바람의 노래,” it becomes easily apparent. The song is like a warm up to Undertow.
The second song, “Hands of love,” is sung in English. It sounds a little like a Christian pop song. The arrangement of “Hands of love” is based strongly in a ballad style with Lee Jung Ah’s voice guiding the entire song. What the song does well is showcase how powerful her voice can get. I do prefer her more pop rock songs like “가벼운 출발.” There’s just more energy and the tempo is more interesting to hear. But the draw of any song is how well she can use her voice. I like that she’s comfortable going up and down in melody.
Undertow does show that her voice can fit these two styles easily. “Thank You” is similar to “Hands of love,” but sounds like a more standard ballad song. If you like the genre, then there’s a lot of ballad songs to hear. She’s also able to play songs that are only accompanied by guitar like “6월.” The song is also different from other songs because it’s so centered on her vocals.
Undertow has 13 songs. For a full length, you’re getting a lot of different styles and examples of Lee Jung Ah’s voice capability. The thing that I really want to hear is a song that pushes her vocals to hear how far she can take her voice. The album is really interesting to hear and on repeat listens, you can start hearing distinct things about her voice. There’s a hint of it on “I want to see you.” I think Lee Jung Ah could play any genre she chooses and a lot of that is displayed on Undertow.