Just how the 4 most famous apostles were actually only 3, Luke and Mathew, 4men lost a member in 2001 so, since then, they’ve been rockin’ the houses as a trio ( lucky number 3 never changed, although there was a hell lot of traffic being made by members coming in and out of the band ). Today’s formula consists of Young Jae, Shin Yong Jae and Kim Won Joo. Their appeal ? Besides being insanely talented, their voices cover up a wide vocal range. Yong Jae is in charge of the high notes while Joung Jae drops the low, more masculine ones. In the middle of them stands tall Won Joo, whose voice is mid-ranged and is in charge of keeping things balanced.
Their musical style may not be all that original, but the moment they start singing you forget all about following the tune and you get immersed into the mystic flow of sounds coming out of their souls. This is pop music at its best. I usually get all hyped when I hear a strong vocalist working his magic, but the one thing that really manages to blow me off my feet is that special type of chemistry that’s found inside a homogeneous band. Be it boy or girl band. It makes no difference. This is the exact case with 4men, they got under my skin and started messing with my vital organs. You have no idea how virulent a solo by Yong Jae can be.
To keep things short because music speaks better than words, here it is, my favourite 4men track, the live version of Hello! :
It’s a pitty they don’t have as many releases as I would like them to have.
Final rating : 10/10