D3 ~ G#5 (2 octaves and 3 notes)
Bb3 ~ G#4/A4
- Able to keep decent tone production down to Bb3
- Somewhat capable of keeping pitch and support in the fourth octave up until G#4
- Used to be able to support notes up to Bb4 and occasionally C5
- Decent pitch in her supported range when in good condition
- Larynx is barely ever stable, raising easily in notes above G#4
- Tends to be very nasal in placement and not really lift her soft palate
- Falsetto is very unsupported and breathy, barely even comes out at times
- Shallow support and control in her mix
- Throat closes easily in her mix and even in her supported range at times
- Any note below Bb3 is quiet, unstable and lacks support
- Lacks breath control and breath support throughout most of her range
- Very narrow supported range and overall range in general
- Every register in her voice is rather underdeveloped
- Not able to connect her lines smoothly with legato, without sounding clearly choppy
- Lower register: Bom’s lower register can extend down to an D3/Eb3 very quietly and with some tone. Her range between D3 and Bb3 however is very unstable and lacks control of pitch and tone production, barely projecting most of the time
- Mixed register: Her mixed register is very underdeveloped with a lot of straining and letting her throat close easily anywhere above G#4, which for any female voice type is considerably low. Her supported range lacks full connection and control in pitch and is often nasally placed
- Upper register: Underused and underdeveloped. Most of the time Bom decides not to use falsetto unless a song requires her to, but when she does she tends to be very breathy and airy, lacking true connection between her vocal cords, letting the air come through and not allowing her to produce a full stable head voice.
Bom’s voice lacks a lot in terms of agility. It’s not a necessity in 2NE1’s music because their style is more electro-pop, however whenever she covers songs with R&B styling, her runs often lack connection, separation in pitch, accuracy of pitch and support. Her runs are often sloppy, pitchy and unsupported due to her inability to fully control her vocal cords to travel from one note to the next smoothly.
Bom’s voice is arguably, according to her fans and non-fans alike, one of the most unique voices in K-Pop. Her true tone is clearly heard in her earlier performances and lacks the true lightness of a light lyric soprano. Due to how underdeveloped her voice is in general, her true voice lacks a clear perception of voice type, but either way it possesses an extra weight and more chestiness than most other K-Pop female vocalists, however leaning perhaps towards still more of a light lyric soprano regardless. Bom’s voice is very unique however due to its huskiness and weightier quality which allow for her voice to be easily recognizable in any song she sings.
Even with her uniqueness of tone, Bom’s overall vocal technique is actually quite underdeveloped. Her lower range is very unsupported and breathy. It lacks control, pitch and support. Most of the time her lower range tends to be very quiet and off pitch, as it occurs constantly in many live performances of Don’t Cry and You & I. Her voice clearly loses tone and support whenever she goes below Bb3, as heard with her Eb3s from All I Want for Christmas Is You and Stand Up For Love and D3 from If I Ain’t Got You, which are very quiet whispers.
Her mixed register is also an underdeveloped register. Although she’s able to produce notes in centered pitch from C4 to G#4, many times she still lacks control in pitch and in stability due to her lack of correct breathing technique and support. Her notes in between G#4 and C4 can at times have a closed throat, and anytime she sings above G#4 her throat will close, her larynx raises and she will sound very tight and strangled. Usually notes above C5 show this sign more noticeably than others. Examples would include her Eb5’s from her cover of Stand Up For Love, her D5’s in 2NE1’s recent album Crush, as well as Bb4’s and B4’s.
Her falsetto is a very underused register which she rarely showcases. Most of the time her falsetto is produced with a very unstable connection between her vocal cords, allowing too much air to go through causing the pitch and production of tone to be very unclear. She has at times been able to produce slightly fuller falsetto notes up to E5, but mostly and more recently her falsetto shows a clear drop in volume from her mixed register when she switches and often sounds like switching is a challenge for her. Examples include All I Want For Christmas Is You, 2NE1’s 너 아니면 안돼 and Take The World On.
Bom’s worst vocal problem is her lack of ability to correctly and smoothly connect her sung lines. Most of the time her singing is chopped up and disconnected, not in tone production but in general lines. The act of singing by separating notes is called staccato and the act of smoothly singing through lines is called legato. Bom’s singing is neither, as it isn’t exactly bouncy like staccato and completely not connected as legato should be, which is one of the most basic things when it comes to singing in general. Another one of her problems is her lack of ability to place her voice anywhere but her nose. Throughout the years Bom has been singing in such a way that her mouth barely opens and her sound mostly projects through her nose rather than her mask (sinus cavities/cheekbones) or head.
One of the most saddening things about Bom’s singing was that, back when she was a trainee under YG, she had capable breath support and used to be able to connect her lines and support her range up until C5 at times with a somewhat relaxed throat. Throughout the years her technique has never been fixed and so her bad habits got the best out of her and caused her skill to regress and her voice to become limited in range, projection and ability. Musically Bom isn’t able to sing many different styles of music effectively nor play correctly with dynamics to create a full delivery of her songs.
Although she has issues with her lymph nodes, they’re not the cause for her to deterioration in vocal ability. Lymph nodes may get swollen and cause an uncomfortable feeling when singing and pain, but it does not affect one’s breathing technique or throat relaxation. In actuality, we all have lymph nodes around our pelvis, our neck and in other places and they get swollen when we have bacterial infections. Lymph nodes are NOT the same as vocal nodules, which are basically scars/masses of tissue that grow on the vocal cords, and they’re not in anyway located in one’s vocal cords. Therefore they have no real connection with singing technique or ability whatsoever. Bom’s deterioration is directly linked to her not developing the correct muscle memory when training her singing skill and technique throughout the years and letting it become a habit she now can’t run away from anymore. If Bom is to continue singing, for the future and for a long lasting singing career, readjusting her vocal technique would be one of the first steps to take. It is quite unfortunate that she was not able to receive the proper vocal training she needed, but she still has the potential to improve her singing if given the proper instruction.
Bom lacks any real ability to change songs without going off pitch and losing control of her voice. Due to her lack of support, she’s incapable of musically finding alternate melodies to sing through difficult songs and will often strain her voice and get pitchy in performances.
(Highest peak: Possibly an Average vocalist pre-debut)
Vocal Range Video(s)
from : eternalsilverlight
Best Vocal Performance(s)
Re-Analyzed by Ahmin (Kitsunemale)
(Originally analyzed by Chung)