I have pretty good ears. I was listening to the classical radio while in the car, and Tartini’s Devil’s Trill Sonata was playing. I had never heard that version before, but I was like, that has got to be Anne-Sophie Mutter. Or when I watched Nodame Cantabile. That has got to be Li Yundi‘s Ravel Piano Concerto in G. Needless to say, I’ve got most of SHINee’s repertoire committed to the audio-equivalent of photographic memory. One day I decided to listen to my collection of SHINee live perfs.
Yes, that was pretty bad. Jonghyun lip-synced almost the whole thing.
If that looked and/or sounded all right to you, read these following tips to tell whether they are lip-syncing or not–
- *these following tips apply specifically to Lucifer performances
- Live Jonghyun is always much more whiny, waily, and breathy. To be honest, he sounds like a wannabe macho person
- Unlike the studio-recorded track, in live perfs, Key’s voice dominates during the chorus beginning and middle (a good example would be 100731). Key was pretty good in this performance, he’s probably the one that sang live the most in this specific perf
- Onew dominates in the high chorus parts (sometimes you can hear Jonghyun)
- Minho is more screechy when he raps, almost like he wants to hiccup
- Telling if Minho and Taemin are singing live is the hardest, because they’re covered by heavy backing vocals at all times. Also, both of them aren’t great singers, so they sing to rote and sing only a little– so we can’t hear things characteristic of a live performance like mic echoes, slightly off-key pitches. So for this, you need to rely on your memory of the studio-recorded song, and see if there are any deviations.
Now rewatch! ^
And sigh. Sigh. Sigh.