A Trite Love Song In The End (결국 흔해 빠진 사랑 얘기) and Betrayal (배반) are from Yoon Sang’s third album released in 2000 after a period of hiatus. Featuring lyrics by the lyricist Park Chang Hak (박창학), they brim with subtle touches of a seasoned musician who has reached the height of his musical sensitivity. Yoon-Park collaboration aims to satisfy the most discerning tastes and hardly ever produces subpar, throwaway fillers, giving the listeners a real treat every time. While some of the songs may lack mass appeal precisely because of the highly elevated sensitivities, their oeuvres for sure make up one-of-a-kind line of music with artistry rarely duplicated elsewhere.
결국 흔해 빠진 사랑노래
A Trite Love Song in The End
A Trite Love Song In The End (결국 흔해 빠진 사랑 얘기) is a number with a poppish feel and thus has a greater mass appeal. In lyrics, it is a rather sardonic look on all the seemingly futile happenings in love and breakup. It goes about the usual fare of one more song about a breakup, one who has to go and one that’s left behind, in the endlessly repeating vagaries of relationships. Perhaps the subject matter itself is not all that original, but the way it is expressed is far from run of the mill thanks to Park’s highly refined words and the soft and subtle vocals of Yoon that delineates the understated melody. And who wouldn’t have had such sentiment of satiation at one point or another from all the silly sounding love songs that seem to permeate the airwaves. So many have gone down before us, a whole new crop is going on now, and yet another full round of them will come. It seems just a fact of life that everything goes round and round endlessly.
Betrayal (배반) is a more introspective look on the narrator being on crossroads in relation to his love interest. It retraces the trails of two lovers with all the personal failures, stray overshoots and disappointments that went down along the way. Something or someone has pushed them apart, turning them resentful of each other, and the narrator laments his own limitations that keep him from soaring over all the obstacles to take things in stride and move forward. He observes as always the truth only seems to scorn the hurt deep within. All in all it is a song relating the oft heard cries and laments about love and parting except that it does it with a subtle artistry a notch above most other songs. The subtlety and understated charm probably works against it in terms of chart and sales success, but it is certainly the kind of songs that enrich the pop music scene. I have a strong feeling that the state of art attained by this song is seldom if ever repeated even today fifteen years later.