Lena Park’s Vocal Analysis

Vocal Range

C#3 ~ F#6 (3 Octaves, 2 notes and 1 semitone)

Supported Range

Eb3 ~ D5/Eb5

Eb3 ~ F6 (with head voice)

Voice Type

Soprano

Strengths/Achievements

  • Arguably one of the widest supported ranges amongst K-pop vocalists
  • Able to keep a consistent column of sound through her range
  • Resonance is consistently present up until D5, support kept at times above that
  • Able to support notes down to the F3 ~ Eb3 range
  • A pure well produced and controlled head voice, consistently controlled and resonant
  • Great breath control for dynamics
  • Nasality is basically non-existent
  • Musicality is one of her strongest assets, very well established vocalist and knows her style/voice
  • Even and healthy vibrato is achieved often enough
  • A very agile voice, with seamless transitions from chest to mix and from mix to head
  • Capable of jumping from the lowest parts of her range up to the highest without difficulty
  • Never tries to overpower her mix or sing outside of her voice type

Points for Improvement

  • Notes above D5/Eb5 get inconsistent with throat shape and larynx position
  • Arguably a stylistic choice, her throatiness seems to be uncontrolled on notes above Eb5
  • Notes below Eb3 become slightly cloudy although still with tone
  • Head voice becomes pinched on F#6
  • Notes from E5 ~ A5 can be very strained and pushed
  • Vibrato can at times be too quick and sound uncontrolled
  • Vocal runs can at times lack control and be musically unfitting to the song/style she’s singing

Registers

  • Lower register: One of the most well supported low ranges amongst K-pop vocalists, Lena Park is not only able to keep an even production of sound throughout her range but also a stable larynx and a supported resonant sound down to Eb3/E3, and below still keep considerable tone although losing the resonance and becoming a bit cloudy
  • Mixed register: A very inconsistent range and the least developed of her voices. She is able to keep resonance and an even column of sound through her mix up until D5, but then lose resonance and becoming slightly throaty as she ascends and slowly becoming more yell-like than truly supported, even if her voice is placed correctly in the mask, the throat closes and is pushing her voice out.
  • Upper register: A pure range where her voice finds the most freedom, she uses her head voice without any effort, is able to jump quickly through notes and sustain notes for a considerably amount of time in her head voice, even as high as her C6 ~ F6 range, only becoming shrill on her highest peak, F#6.

Agility

Possessing a very light and bright voice, Lena Park has the advantage when it comes to vocal agility. Her voice is very agile, able to hit a series of notes with good control and clear note separation, from very low notes to very high notes in her range, she can travel through her range in a second, like her run up to F6 in the performance of “그대안의 블루” with Kim Gun Moo, where she jumps from F4 to F6 in a vocal run, hitting a series of notes in between with precision and accuracy, showing no signs of effort. The problem with Lena Park’s runs is her lack of ability to precisely choose the notes she is going to hit before hand, making her riffs sound slightly improvised and not carefully thought-through, but the agility in itself is very well worked through her voice and it shows as one of her most well executed skills.

Overall analysis

One of Korea’s legends, Lena Park debuted back in 1998 in Korea. A native of Los Angeles, California, Lena Park grew up singing church music and had released a CCM album in 1993. She then chose to take on South Korea and was always treated with praise and considered one of Korea’s first R&B vocalists. Though not really an R&B singer, and more of a ballad singer, Lena Park brought adlibs, improvisations and vocal runs to the spotlight of the Korean ballad scene with her roots in church and her western-like mixed singing style. Although not confident with the Korean language and not fond of TV appearances, she did eventually become more comfortable with appearing on TV and is respected today as one of Korea’s most praised legendary vocalists.

Along with her singing style, Lena Park possesses a very wide range of assets that help her singing. She never was one to sing outside of her voice type, possessing a very girly, feminine, light and youthful quality to her voice, even after years and being into her 30’s, her voice still stands as one of the true Light Lyric Sopranos in Korea. She never tried to add an unnecessary amount of chest voice into her mix or try to sound thicker or heavier, respecting the lightness of her voice and using it to her advantage.

From debut Lena Park already possessed a wide range, but back then her lower range wasn’t as developed as it is today. It had a breathier quality and less projection and support on notes such as E3 and even as high as G3, such as in her version of Mulan’s “Reflection“. With age and maturity, Lena Park was able to make impressive improvements with her lower range, from being quite soft on G3’s, to being able to produce fully supported notes from the G3’s in her performance of “바보“, the D3’s from the live performances of “몽중인“, where tone is still present in her voice and even supported E3’s from her performance of “거위의 꿈“, where she also hit a few C#3’s where her tone wasn’t lost and her supported Eb3’s from her reedition of “이젠 그랬으면 좋겠네“. Truly a very well placed and resonant low range, where her larynx is neutral and the support is completely present very close to the bottom of her vocal range.

Her voice naturally sits higher and should theoretically find itself more easily able to mix high and shine in the upper mixed range. However Lena Park shows a considerable loss in stamina and vocal power when she ascends into her upper mix. The notes below D5 are most often produced with support, evenness in mix and resonance, examples being the D5’s from “” and her C5’s, C#5 and D5’s in her most recent performance on Immortal Song 2 of “Completely“. However so, it’s clear that her voice lacks the ability to stay fully resonant and strong as she ascends higher than Eb5, where her support starts to become inconsistent. In her performance of “이젠 그랬으면 좋겠네“, her E5’s become throaty and strained half way through the note when she is sustaining them .Above E5 although her placement is good and in her mask with no nasality present, her voice becomes thin, shrill and weaker. Her highest peak in mixed voice is A5 in a live performance of JYP’s “Swing Baby” which sounded rather pushed and sung with a high larynx. Her mixed range is, although much better than the average female pop vocalist, still her weakest vocal register and one where she lacks the full power she tries to portray with her power ballads. Nonetheless even in her performances of “첫인상” she was able to at times hit F5’s with some resonance. However even then these notes would suddenly become shrill and almost yelled halfway through the note as she’d sustain them due to the lack of strength in her vocal cords and the lack of support carried up in her mix. Nonetheless a mixed voice range that is commendable, as carrying developed support up to Eb5 is no easy feat.

The biggest highlight of Lena Park’s voice, however, is her head voice. Unlike her lower range that improved over time, or her mixed range, that more or less stayed the same throughout her career, Lena Park’s head voice was as good as it is today from debut. More recently she doesn’t venture into the 6th octave as often as she used to be, but it was never uncommon to hear very high, supported and sustained 6th octave notes in her album work. Even live, she could easily hit the C#6 from “편지할게요” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry“, the C6 from “게으름뱅이“, as well as the album sustained notes such as the D6 from “이별하러 가는 길,” “Oh Holy Night,” and the E6 from the studio version of “몽중인“. From her debut album, Lena Park already had hit her highest head voice note, F#6, in her song “P.S. I Love You“, which was also done in the live reedition of the song, although not as opened as in studio. Lena Park could always easily control her head voice, keep it supported, resonant and opened with fullness, brightness and correct head placement, as well as considerable flexibility and seamless transitions from her other voices. She could also contain the amount of breath she wanted and soften her mix slowly during a sustained and soften it into making it a head voice mid-way through the note like in “Completely“.

Speaking of “Completely“, Lena Park also shows a great amount of dynamic and breath control through her performances, one of the most musical vocalists in Korea, she captivates people with her emotional approaches to songs that are delivered successfully through her control of flow, ornamentations, dynamics, vocal effects and rhythm. Her vocal styling at times also may excuse her use throatiness in singing, because it is as though she chooses to adopt that style to further help her song interpretation, even if not being the healthiest vocal approach one should adopt.

The one other negative aspect of her voice, however, is that although her intonation and support are quite consistent, she tends to have an inconsistent use of vibrato, which will at times sound rushed and uncontrolled. Her vibrato can be very even and healthy at times, but at others it comes out throaty and overly fast which is rather unhealthy. She still shows a a control of when and when not to use vibrato, however, opting for straight tone at times and others for her stylistic vibrato or her even vibrato.

Although a Korean legend, Lena Park is not a perfect technical vocalist. A much more advanced vocalist than most of her peers, Lena Park still makes some technical sacrifices for the sake of style. If it weren’t for her sometimes out of place riffs, uneven vibrato and underdeveloped mixed range, she could easily be one of the world’s strongest technical vocalists. Due to her style and musical choices, she may never really work on developing a stronger and more powerful approach to her mixed range, which results in a very limited sound from E5 to A5, quite a big gap when considering the potential of her Soprano voice. Nevertheless, a very well developed voice from one of Korea’s most respected musicians, Lena Park owns what she does and knows what her voice can and cannot do and what she wishes to do with it.

Musicianship

She is a vocalist who is in complete control of her voice. Lena Park runs through songs adding her own vocal runs, changing the melody of songs and making songs her own every single time she performs them. She is not one to sing a song Karaoke-like, and her agility and ability to always improvise on the spot is one of the assets that sets her apart from most other vocalist. At times her improvisations can either come out a bit messy-sounding or strained when she gets out of her supported mix range, but overall she knows exactly where and what she wants to do with a song when she chooses to sing them.

Label (Type of Vocalist)

HV Vocalists: High Head Voice Vocalists

MB Vocalists: Mid-Range Belters

LR Vocalists: Low Range Vocalists

WR vocalists: Well Rounded Vocalists

Vocal Range Video(s)

Videos originally by: korkoa

Analyzed by Ahmin (Kitsunemale)

348 thoughts on “Lena Park’s Vocal Analysis

  1. Hahahahahaha right on about Lena Park’s vocal run spamming! I would be enjoying a song and then she would go ahead and make a vocal run that would jolt me out of immersion.

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      1. At first I thought she was just showing off for I’m A Singer, but I found that she does this all the time in her studio albums too. But she sang 꿈에 so she can do whatever she wants, all is forgiven. Hahahaha.

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  2. Please do an analysis of sojung from Ladies’ Code :3 :))) I’m curious about her. And many vocalists who are rather obviously weak… what about Dasom or Dara? 😛 Are they worse than weak? :O

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    1. I believe they are just weak.. Worse than weak is like 4minute jihyun or goo hara lol of course yes i shud do sojung ^ ^ non vocalists like dara and dasom though, not likely..

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      1. Thank You 😀 I will be waiting for my bias sojung then :3 and no more talking about dara, dasom, goo hara, jihyun and all that “rest” in kpop xD kekeke

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    1. Baek Ji Young, a power house? Never saw her like that. Bada is either good or good to great, like Lena.. Im not sure, Ock Joo Hyun is great from what I know and Baek Ji Young Im not sure at this point but I think she’s the weakest of them… lol

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    1. I can’t say for sure but I think Lena Park….Lee Eun Mi’s E5’s aren’t too cute and I dont think she has that extensive of a lower range or head voice, so she has less assets…

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      1. 흠… 목소리로 할수있는것이 더 많다라는 것에 동의할수가 없네요…ㅎㅋㅋ 일단 장르소화력만봐도 박정현 > 소향인데 ㅋㅋ
        고음이 소향>박정현이라고해도 음감,리듬감,기교,성량,저음부,감정성,창법변화,대중성(가창력이랑은 거리가 있을수도 있지만) 같은 부분들은 박정현 > 소향아닌가요 ㅋㅋ 물론 이런것들이 절대기준이 아니기때문에 박정현 > 소향이라 할수도 없는것이고, 님말씀처럼 고음부가 소향이 더잘한다고 소향 > 박정현이라는것도 어불성설이라 생각합니다ㅎㅎ
        그리고 님이 올린 분석글들 보면 고음공명을 고음부최고가치라고 생각하는것같은데 그것도 중요하다하면 중요할수있는 부분이지만 아니라하면 아닐수도 있는겁니다 ㅋㅋ 고음부도 각각의 창법이 존재하는것이고 그것을 좋아하는 대중도 취향차가 갈리는것이니까요. 이렇게 생각하면 박정현진성고음부는 ‘스크레치’라는 락에서 사용하는 창법을 주로 사용하기때문에 님이 사용한 평가기준에는 떨어질수밖에 없는거죠 ㅋㅋ 실용음악과에서 믹스보이스를 기본적으로 가르키고 익히게하니까 믹스보이스와 믹스보이스에 사용되는 공명을 가수역량의 최고 가치라 생각하시는거 같은데 그런 단편적인 창법과 발성기준으로만 평가하실꺼면 그냥 ‘조수미’씨 분석하시고 분석그만하시는거 추천드려요 ㅋㅋ 개인적인 생각과 잣대로 평가내린것을 절대적인마냥 가수를 평가하는것이 약간보기안좋거든요

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      2. 죄송해요..한국말 이렇게 유창하게 못하니까 대답하는것 좀 힘들 것 같은데요…그래도 해볼께요
        제말은 “u can see that Sohyang was rated higher than Lena Park” 고음이 다라는게 아니였어요…그냥 제blog의 criteria로 박정현은 5.5 Good to great vocalist인데 소향은 6.5 Great to Excellent vocalist이에요..제blog의 criteria는 제기준이에요.. 그런 말이였어요.
        박정현은 소향보다 더 할수 있는것이 있다고 동의할 수 있지만… 성량이랑 기교….좀…아닌 것 같아요 ㅋㅋ 소향이랑 비교하면 박정현의 목소리가 좀 작은 것 같아요..그래서 제말은 고음부가 소향이 더잘한다고 소향 > 박정현이라는것 아니잖아요..더 있어요 ㅋㅋ 한국말 잘 못하니까 한국말로 보컬분석 쓰지 못해요..그래서 영상을 보세요 ㅋㅋ

        더 설명하고 싶지만 우리서로 이해잘 못하는 것 같아요..언어의 장벽때문에..제기준은 고음부최고가치라고 생각하지 않은데요 ..그냥 기교는 중요하잖아요.. 사실은 소향이 노래하면 좀 싫어요…박정현보다 노래 잘 하는 것 같지만 저는 박정현이 노래하는것 더 좋아해요..
        Criteria 좀 읽어주세요~ ^ ^
        그리고 제아이디는 ahmin3..제가 소향분석 쓰지 않았어요.

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      3. 일단 제가 말하고싶은건 당신기준으로 가수를 누가 더 낫네 평가하는것까진 괜찬아요. 하지만 그걸 이런 공개적인 웹사이트나 유튜브 댓글로 퍼트리지 말라는거에요 ㅋㅋ 윗댓글에도 소향이 박정현보다 더 나은것같다고 당신이그렇게 적었잔아요? ㅋㅋㅋ 소향분석글은 본인이 쓰신건 아니라해도 소향이 박정현보다 더 잘났다는건 본인이쓰신거 아닌가요 ㅋㅋ 유튜브댓글에도 “박정현팬들이 인정을 안할려고한다” 비슷하게 적으신걸로 아는데 ㅎㅎ
        그리고 성량은 현장갔다온사람들 후기보면 박정현성량이 더 크다는후기가 훨씬많습니다. 박정현 소향이 같은가수랑 듀엣한거 비교해봐도 답나올껀데…목소리가 얇다고해서 성량이 작은게 아니에요;; 다른개념입니다.
        기교부분에서 고음부만이 소향이 잘한다고소향 >박정현이 아니라 다른이유도 있다면서 보여주는게 저동영상인가요? ㅋㅋ Westvoice라는 사람이 만든 동영상도 고음잘한다가 주아닌가요ㅋㅋㅋ 아니면 거친소리를 의도적으로낸다가 주일리는 없잔아요 ㅋㅋ 그리고 westvoice란 사람도 당신이랑 저랑 크게 다를바없는 네티즌이에요ㅋㅋ 저사람이 올린 유튭영상중에 동의하는 댓글보단 욕하는뎃글이 더 많은 동영상도 많구요 ㅋㅋ 한마디로 소향기교가 박정현보다 더 뛰어나다의 절대적 증거물이 될순 없다는 거에요.
        소향이 얼마전 인터뷰에서 박정현의 표현력을 배우고싶다고 직접 말했었고요.

        당신 블로그에있는 글도 읽어봤고요 저 동영상을 예로들면서 기교부분이 소향이 박정현보다 더 잘한다 라고말하는것도 웃기네요. 중요한사실 한가지 알려드릴께요. 소향을 좋아하는 어떤 한국기자가 westvioce가 만든 저 동영상가지고 소향이 박정현보다 더 잘부른다고 기사냈다가 비난 엄청 받았습니다.

        말이 매우 길어졌네요… 혹시 제 댓글로 인해 기분이 상하셨다면 죄송합니다.^^;; 일단 처음 댓글을 적은이유는 박정현이 소향보다 보컬적으로 아래라는것에 동의를 할수없었고 그걸 공개적으로 등급을 매겨 사람들이 볼수있겠금하는것에 화가나서입니다…=_=ㅋㅋ 단도직입적으로 말할께요. 박정현이 소향과 나얼과 같은등급일순 있어도 더 낮다라는 것은 동의못하니(물론 저 혼자만의 생각이아닙니다.) 혹시 가능하다면 6.5로 수정부탁드립니다. : )

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      4. 말 왜 이렇게 많이 해요? ㅠㅜㅠ ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 한국말 이렇게 잘 못하잖아요 ㅠㅜ ㅋㅋ 그래요 …그런 말을 하는 사람이 있죠.. 박정현은 소향보다 노래 잘 하는 말이요.. 근데 또 박봄 노래 너무 잘하고 하는 사람이 또 많고 에일리보다 노래잘하고 하는 사람이 또 많아요… 사람들은 말을 너무 많이 해도 어떻게 다 믿을 수 있을까요? 우리는 동의할 수 없죠? 맞죠? ㅋㅋ 그러면 왜 더 말해야돼요? 저는 소향보다 박정현 더 좋아해요. 그것 사실이에요. 박정현은 노래 잘 하지만 또 할 수 없는 것 있는것도 사실이죠. 소향도 못하는것이 있죠. 그것 다 사실이에요. 그래도 저는 한국말로 다 설명 잘 못하니까 죄송해요. 그리고 소향이 박정현보다 노래 더 잘한다 라고 말하는것 웃기면 또 설명하기 싫어해요.
        박정현을 너무 좋아하지만 6.5로 수정못해요. 6.5로 수정하는 이유가 없어요. Criteria로 해볼게요..박정현: C#3 ~ F#6 (1옥도# ~ 4옥파#) = 음역대, 소향 E3 ~ A6 (1옥미 ~ 4옥라) = 음역대 근데.. 좋은 기술 (technique 맞아요? ㅋㅋ) 노래 잘 하는 음역대는 소향은 G#3 ~ C6 이죠 두성없이 ..그리고 두성이 있으면 F6까지 잘 올려요. (그러면 1옥솔# ~ 4옥파) 박정현도 두성이 있으면 4옥타브파까지 노래 잘 부르지만 소향 & 박정현은 다 소프라노 이에요. 근데 두성없이 Eb3 ~ D5/Eb5(1옥타브 레# ~ 3옥타브 레/레#)만 잘 할 수 있어요. 박정현의 제일 높은 음이는 3옥타브 라인데 왜 3옥타브 미, 파, ㅍ#, 솔, 솔# 그리고 라 다 잘 못해요? 저음이 너무 좋지만 진성고음은 좀…이렇게 노래 부르면 목이 아프잖아요… 소향의 제일 높은 음이는 4옥타브도인데 4옥도까지 노래 잘해요. 박정현은 3옥타브 레/레#만 노래잘할 수 있죠 (With good technique)…소프라노이니까 저는 무시못해요. 두성이랑 저음도 너무 좋지만 에일리/효린/소향/김연지/이해리보다 진성고음이 좋지 않죠. 그래도 에일리, 효린, 김연지, 이해리보다 노래 잘 해요..그래도 6.5로 수정할 수 없어요…아마도 3옥타브 파/파#까지 좋은 technique로 노래 잘 할 수 있었으면 수정해도 돼요.. 근데 소향같은 것 아니에요… 소향보다 잘 올리는 것도 기대안해요.. 4옥도까지 올리는것도 기대안하는데 박정현의 목소리에서 그 구멍이 있어요…3옥타브레#부터 3옥타브라까지……정말로 죄송해요…저도 6.5로 수정하고 싶지만 Technique때문에 못해요…그리고 한국말 실력이 부족하니까 다 설명할 수 없어요..ㅜㅠ
        I don’t honestly care if 박정현 is a 선배 or a legend, this is a technical analysis and it’s supposed to be 100% about her technique, not her emotions, not her popularity and not her voice color. 그것는 한국말로 어떻게 말하는지 몰라서 죄송해요.

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      5. 박정현진성고음이 3옥타브레#이상 별로라고요? 소리에 구멍이 있다고요? 그렇게 부르면 목이아플것같다고요?
        일단 박정현 ‘스크래치’창법보고 말씀하시는거 같네요. 맞아요 박정현은 어릴때부터 rock을 좋아했기 때문에 3옥타브미 부터는 믹스보이스로 매끄럽게 올리는것보다 록에서 사용하는 창법인 ‘스크래치’를 사용하는것을 선호했어요. 그렇다고 3옥타브미부터 매끄럽게 못올리느냐? 최근에 나온 음원에서도 ‘스크래치’안쓰고 3옥솔까지 애드립(With good technique ㅋㅋ)으로 올려요.
        그리고 박정현 3옥타브대 ‘스크래치’를 보면 목이아플것 같다고요? 유튜브에 있는것들만 봐도 아시겠지만 박정현은 99년도때부터 지금까지 15년이 넘게 일년에 100번이 넘는 라이브를 ‘스크래치’를 사용해서 라이브했어요 ㅋㅋ 아마추어면 목이아프겠죠. 근데 박정현은 정확한 ‘스크래치’ 발성법을 익혔으니까 무리없이 16년이 가깝게 매년 사용했지요. 그리고 박정현이 구사하는 ‘스크래치’는 비음이 많이 사용되는편이라 생각보다 성대에 부담이 적습니다.

        설마 이젠 박정현이 사용하는 ‘스크래치’를 별로라고 하는건 아니겠죠? ‘윤종신(가수,작곡가,프로듀서)’는 박정현이 ‘스크래치’를 구사하는걸 보고 박정현에게  “그녀를 R&B 가수로 규정짓기에는 재능이 아깝다. 팝이 잘 어울리는‘디바’스타일이면서 ‘록’도 할 수 있는 ‘전천후 가수’다.” 라고 말했어요. 20120630때 부른 ‘creep’은 거의 노래 전부를 ‘스크래치’창법을 사용해 남자키로 완벽하게 불렀고요.(남자키였기때문에 바로 한옥타브 높여 불렀습니다.) 그옆에 지켜보던 한국대표 록가수(윤도현)도 박정현의 라이브를 매우 극찬했습니다. 다른 전문가 평도 많고요.

        이런대도 박정현 진성고음을 별로라고 하실건가요? 그게아니시면 ‘스크래치’창법을 아에 믹스보이스보다 별로라고 생각하시는 건가요? 앞에서도 말했지만 고음에서 사용되는 창법은 믹스보이스만있는것이 아닙니다. 그게 최고도 아니고요. ‘스크래치’도 있고 ‘샤우팅’도있고 ‘벨팅’도 있어요. 무슨창법을 구사한다고 고음을 더 못한다 잘한다 할수는 없는거에요. 그렇게따지면 소향은 믹스보이스를 활용한 고음은 박정현보다 잘해도 박정현처럼 ‘스크래치’나 ‘벨팅’을 사용한 진성 고음을 구사하지는 못하잔아요? ㅋㅋ

        믹스보이스창법 > 스크래치창법 이렇게 생각하시는게 아니시면(설마 그렇게 생각하는 사람이 이런 분석글들을 올리시진 안겠죠?) 박정현은 진성고음을 못한다 라는 말은 수정되야 될거같은데요?

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      6. Okay im sorry but im going to say this in English and i hope you understand. You obviously are a very passionate fan and you will not agree with me. 일단 옥레#부터 라까지 올리는 락스타일아니죠… 이런 음이들이 그렇게 잘 올리면 왜 안 해요? 락 스타일 이죠.. 근데 왜 3옥도 부르면 그락스타일 없어요? “스타일”이면 선택할 수 있는 것 같죠.. 그러면 락스타일없이 resonance로 레#부터 왜 안 해요? 왜 3옥도 resonance로 락스타일없이 할 수 있네요? Im sorry you cant say its a rock style. Its not a stylistic choice because above Eb5 she ONLY strains, with no control or resonance. Its not a stylistic choice, its a technical flaw. I get that youre not going to agree with me, so can we just agree to disagree and let this go? 정말 말도 안돼요. 박정현을 너무 좋아하죠! 그래도 어떻게 우리는 동의할 수 있을까요? 우리 동의할 수 없어서 그냥 동의해요. 저도 박정현을 잘 알아요. 제말이 너무 웃기면 그냥 말이 필요없어요. I think we should just stop right? Youre going to defend her no matter what, but unless you can show me that Lena Park can sing notes above Eb5 without straining her voice AT ALL, then I cant excuse it as “rock” style. Also yes YES. It WILL hurt her voice. Lena Parks voice will get damaged from the vocal abuse and straining.. She has good technique in her head voice and lower range thats what keeps her voice healthy, but i cant excuse her straining on notes above Eb5 as “stylistically rock”, if she can’t do it by showing its a choice. So please, i dont mean to be rude but i can see you will never agree with me, right? So if you dont agree, just keep loving 박정현 the way i do and dont worry about this analysis. Its just an analysis, its not going to damage her career, legacy or fame. Thank you for taking the time to reply so passionately but lets just stop if you cant agree with my points.

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      7. 그렇게 부르면 목이아프잖아요.. 목소리에 공명이 없잔아요… ㅋㅋㅋ 언젠가 자기가 쓴 글들보고 쪽팔일 날이 올거같네요

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    1. @Sinda

      90% of the western kpop crowd have not even heard of Lena Park or Sohyang so be grateful that this blog is letting people know that kpop is not all about SNSD. Do you do anything to promote good Korean singers to the mainstream Western audience? The authors of this blog are introducing and analysing good Korean singers who are mostly unknown to the West. Stop being butthurt because the singer you like is ranked lower than you would have liked. The authors try to be as objective as possible according to their criteria and should be praised for taking a technical approach to kpop.

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      1. Ignore the rude people. Don’t feel like you have to give some singers bonus points for their reputation. Tell it all straight and keep up the good work.

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      2. You’re really sweet, thank you so much. I mean I did stand my ground, it’s what you gotta do… He wasn’t that rude though, I’ve met ruder people on youtube.

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      3. I second that.
        This blog is trying to keep it as objective as possible, and at worst, it’s someone else’s opinion.
        No point in trying to impose one’s on the other’s.
        We need to respect other’s views as much as our own.

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  3. 현재 한국에서는 소향팬들과 박정현팬들의 전쟁이 한창이기에 저런 민감한 반응이 나온다고 생각…

    ‘박정현 vs 소향’ 그들의 비교는 10년 이상 이어지고 있다…. 둘 다 훌륭한 가수이며 좋은 선후배이다..

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    1. 알겠습니다 >_< 저도 이런 느낌을 이해해요.. 전쟁때문에 저도 문제가 있을 것 같아요 ..분석을 썼으니까 ….
      감사합니다 ^ ^

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    1. 네 알아요~ ^ ^ 손승연씨는 노래 너무 잘하네요… 저음이 좀 좋지 않지만 다른 그 진성고음과 두성도 너무 좋아요. 알리도 잘하지만 2명을 비교하자면 실력은 너무 다른 것 같아요..

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  4. Hello 🙂 i have a non-kpop question… may I know which vocal type, range and rating according to You is Lana Del Rey? Thanks :* Great blog btw ! 😉

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    1. Range is not to me, range is just her range… we can go on youtube for that…wait

      I don’t count harmonized notes or weird notes, but she definitely has C3 to G5, so 2 octaves and 4 notes… voice type, I don’t know? I heard she has a hybrid voice type..something in between mezzo-soprano and soubrette I think? Dugazon it’s called..and I can’t give you a rating because I’m not familiar with her technique, but she isn’t a technical vocalist from what I’ve heard and instead she’s more of the stylistic singer who chooses to sound a certain way for her music’s purpose. ^ ^

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    1. Thank you I love her too and I actually got to see her live and it made me quite happy! She was pretty awesome, she’s so tiny and cute lol

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  5. Huge fan of Lena park and totally agree wif u 😉 love her despite hee flaws cos of her unique voice and ability to do a wide range of musical genres ;9 and plus she got a bachelors degree in Eng lit a few years back totally respect her as a person. Jealous man successful and academically smart ;9

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  6. I just found the rate was changed. Lena Park got one grade higher than before, and Naul got one grade lower than before. What happend? Did you upgrade Lena’s rate because of her fan over there ‘sinda’?

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    1. No that wasn’t why. Although her mix can be quite an issue, her pitch and musicality are quite good. Also for a female with a head voice AND lower range SO extremely developed, and a mix on a competent-ish to good level, her mix alone would make her competent anyway so with such developed registers, I should’ve put her in great from the beginning. Naul went down because his upper mix and lower range aren’t THAT amazing, I wouldn’t compare him to Sohyang’s impeccable runs/registers. I wish the user would see it now but it wasn’t because of them that I changed haha It was when I changed Ailee and Kyuhyun up and realized, if Ailee’s F#3 ~ B5 makes her good to great, then Lena Park’s Eb3 ~ F6 surely makes her great, even if there’s a whole in the middle. ^ ^

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  7. Lena Park so much like a disney princess when she sings. Her voice is very beautiful! Who’s better her or Naul? Also, I really want to tell you something. When I make the Solji vocal range and you make her vocal analysis I’m really scared for you. LIKE REALLY SCARED! Because I found Changmin’s range and I’m done with finding notes for him, I’m starting to find notes for Solji. There are polls all over the internet. Saying that she’s better then Hyorin and they vote. 90%(100% in the comments) of people said that she’s better than Hyorin. Some people said better than Ailee and some people even said best in…Korea. After reading comments I always hear “Solji is the best singer in kpop. She’s way better than Hyorin and much much much better then Taeyeon.” Well this site is to educate people but I’m just warning you this will probably be worse then the Park Bom thing…way worse:( I’m praying for you! ^ ^ Also, do you think that Solji’s a full lyric soprano? I think she is!

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    1. Oh no I doubt it, people might think that but I have been online in the OneHallyu forum and I’ve analyzed Solji a little bit and nobody argued against me or acted immature against me. Even if some or many people might think she’s better than Ailee/Hyorin, they’re not the same kind of aggressive and overly-protective fans, they’re just misinformed. I mean, people also think IU is the best. I think Solji is better than I thought but I’m not sure how much better, so don’t be scared haha I’m not actually that scared of fans, at least not anymore. I also don’t know who’s better between Lena Park and Naul, sorry~

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      1. Oh ok! Good, sometimes I just have those thoughts. I think Solji is at least average to above average. She’s improving and I have heard some supported C#5’s from her.

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      2. OMG I’m so sorry I keep on commenting everywhere but I think Lena has a B2! Look at this video!

        This is where I found Riaa. But look at 0:26. Is that a B2? That person has so many notes from your vocal range videos

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  8. I just read this whole vocal analysis again. Wait you said she had a G3 in reflection? I’m doing that song and I’m singing it the way Lea Solaong sings it and I don’t think there is really any low notes in it. I just recoreded it and the lowest note is I don’t even think in the 3rd octave. Oh my mix improved very much! I think you might be suprised when you hear it. Thanks to your amazing videos!

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      1. So I sang it off pitch?

        Here is the version I’m talking about. Is the G3 at 0:33. Thats the only lowish part

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      2. 0:31 is a G#3, “never pass for a perfect BRIDE” that’s the G#3, it’s a different key I believe from the Pop version. BTW Don’t make Daesung’s video, or Dara, or Taeyang, or Minzy. My other friend who made f(x)’s album range video, Park Bom’s range and Jonghyun’s range in one minute, is already basically done with those other 4 vocalists too. ^ ^

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  9. Hey 😀 ! Lena Park sang 천일동안 XD! How did she do here?

    I think she didn’t use head voice at 3.18 like Luna, she mixed up there but i think she avoided the highest part there like 3.21 and go down with a run. Is her growling healthy?

    One more question, her analysis says her lower register is very well supported to Eb3, so between Uji and her, who is better? :3

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    1. Her lower range is better than U.Ji’s. Although both she and U.Ji support low, Lena’s is more consistent, more connected and more resonant.
      Let me check the video~ Lena is singing this in a higher key than both Ock Joo Hyun and Luna, she is singing a whole minor third above them so the low notes are only A3’s. She could’ve showed off her low notes instead. She did it beautifully up until end of the first chorus, so far. Pretty tone, nice dynamics and control. She then went up again and is still a minor third up from where the song usually is, the C5’s are fine, relaxed, supported, bright, well mixed. 3:10 nice resonant C5. She made this less extreme as well, sang it more like the original in terms of structure. 3:17 nice D5, then a bit of a pinched E5. 3:41 C5 into C#5, both were resonant though the C#5 got throaty (which for her can be intentional). The difference in arrangement for this version of the song is very nice! 4:19 those throaty C#5’s, I can attribute it to her style again, it’s just one part of her style that I don’t find personally pleasant. Her run descending from the E5 at 3:18 was nice actually, she just didn’t go for the F5. The arrangement is different and so that part of the song wasn’t exactly the same as in those other versions. I wish she would showcase her lower range and head voice more, that’s where her voice shines the most.

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  10. What about an analysis for ALi? She is fantastic….right? Gotta say though, her rendition of OMMAYA on Immortal Song 2 was HOLY CRAP

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    1. My video is very basic and incomplete, I wouldn’t want to include it here. Maybe I’ll make a 1 minute vocal range video for her.

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      1. U can add it as a reference since the other one is there already XD sorry i won’t force u :3

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    1. I decided to look those two up and oh my, her D5’s and F3’s from 기억의습작 were so good! Resonance, support, such clarity in tone. 무인도 also such nice resonant C5’s, including that last sustained one. Those are very good vocal performances, not to mention her musicality is very good and she has a very sensitive ear to the overall sound.

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  11. FWIW, I heard Lena sing live at Hollywood Bowl (one of the best outdoor venues, acoustics wise, in the world) and her voice made me cry. I didn’t even really know who she was.

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  12. what on earth is that show?!! i just recheck this analysis and watch Completely video, and it’s like Whoaaa!!
    it’s immortal song right? and in that show there are sohyang, lena park, ailee, hyorin… oh man, it’s a completely different league than changmin jun.k hongki era *jaw dropping*
    it’s great yes, but still vocal show off everywhere hahaha

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  13. How do u think about Lara Fabiann and Celine Dion ??? In my opnion, she is great
    But Celine Dion i think she is a good vocalist , can’t take her higher due to her supported range up to Eb5 and her nasality.

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  14. Lena Park is just lovely. When I watch her perform I feel as if I’ll fall in love with her and she’ like at least 10 years older than me LOL. She may not be the greatest vocalist but surely she’s among my favorite singers. Thanks for the great analysis!

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    1. Although in terms of musicianship, she is one of the most superior in korea 🙂 as she remake almost any song into her own ^^ and i think shes is one of the only few korean singers who like to use scratch and growl singing technique (often used in rock). For that i respect her as an artist v much as she always sings a song differently (changing how a certain part is sung by adding extra vocal runs etc) different from most singers who copy and paste

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  15. she’s a great vocalist but idk why i found her vocal out of place in most of her duet performances i’ve watched? maybe it’s the male vocalist or maybe it’s just my preference. the only duet i can enjoy from her is the one with yim jaebum. any recommendation of her duet performances i should check out?

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  16. Reading this kinda makes me feel bittersweet lmao like her highest note showcased is still part of her supported range and her lowest supported note is only one note away from the lowest note she’s produced. Such a shame that there’s that huge gap between her mix and head voice and her runs. I’d say I hope she fixes that but she’s already almost 40 lmao I hope she at least stays in her supported range to avoid damaging her voice

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  17. Poor sinda. May your widen your mind and thoughts more. This blog is not about who’s the sweetheart dear its about vocal analysis. Its not about “the most popular one should be the best vocalist” not all kpop idols are better as a vocalist, accept the fact. There are plenty of korean singers who had a far greater vocal than your beloved idols. Kahkah. Anyway dear admin, do you have ALi’s or IU vocal analysis? I am new reader here and I already taken an interest on your posts! Keep updating guys!

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    1. Yes actually. ^ ^ IU has been analyzed by our dear Pandayeu, click on the list of analyses page, it’s a drop down menu from the “vocal analyses” menu or just look it up on the search bar. Ali has not been analyzed just yet but will be soon enough. ^ ^

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    1. Not very well. We used to think Ock Joohyun’s C#6 was resonant, but then we heard the recording of it in studio…and perhaps C#6 might be too high of a bet for her support in her head voice.

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    1. She hit a C#3 and a B2 in vocal fry, I wouldn’t count those as part of her range. Either way that shouldn’t matter because her lower range is already really good so being able to hit a note lower than C#3 without support wouldn’t make a real difference in her overall vocal ability. Unfortunately that F5 was not supported, it was loud but it was tense and squeezed out. Even if it was resonant, she actually has occasional F5’s with support from what I’ve heard but it’s really rare and inconsistent so one more wouldn’t make a difference, consistency is very important and she is unable to stay consistent above Eb5. I would be very surprised if she was able to support G#5. I did hear the mixed Bb5 or B5 yes. Thank you for the videos though. ^ ^

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    1. Nothing out of the ordinary, I am not too familiar with AoA’s version but overall this is a pretty cool arrangement of the song. I don’t even really recognize the song. I think vocally she’s doing what she usually does, a bit of grittiness and as an experienced vocalist she knows where to add her own musical changes and they mostly work. It was a nice performance. 3:52 D5, she’s had a couple of them that were pretty nicely supported aside from that grittiness. 4:04 very effortless up to Bb5, nice to hear she still has that head voice at her disposal. 4:12 again that Bb5 in head voice, she’s not sung this high in a while.

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  18. Do you think Ann one is better than Lena Park? Ann’s middle register and agility is better than Lena’s but Lena’s head voice is better than Ann’s so are they equal or one is better than the other?

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    1. I honestly can’t really say, never really thought about it and I don’t feel comfortable comparing them like that.

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  19. hi! i just had a question about a performance of hers. at 2:28 and 2:36… is that a falsetto, or a purposefully airy chest voice, or something else? and at 4:00, is that head voice? do vocalists that have a great head voice still use falsetto sometimes for stylistic reasons? I was just curious because i’m trying to learn how to differentiate the different techniques.. I would really appreciate any clarification! I also think this performance speaks volumes for her musicianship, it’s a very good listen 🙂 thank you so much for your time! https://youtu.be/YBpP_oplRPg

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    1. 2:28 and 2:36 at times it sounded like a falsetto and others a light airy mixed voice, which is on purpose. She has enough control of technique and style to be able to sacrifice her technique for style and she does it with good reasoning. 4:00 That seemed like a supported head voice, but it wasn’t full on resonant. Of course style is a big thing and to be able to choose between style and technique is what defines the skill of a vocalist. Using head voice is great, but it may not work for every genre. ^ ^

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  20. How about her G#5 note in

    is that mixed voice with perfect resonance? is that supported range?

    and I want to know the difference between resonant sound and supported sound.

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    1. Perfect resonance? Who taught you to say perfect? It sounds cute. It’s strained, it’s very well transitioned into because she uses a light mix, so her mixing in itself isn’t bad but the note is strained. It wouldn’t be part of her supported range even if it was supported because it’d need to be consistent for it to be part of her supported range. Do you know what I mean? So that note was well mixed, it’s almost hard to tell if it’s head voice or mixed but I am going to go with mixed voice. It wasn’t too tense actually.

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    1. Because she was singing it softly, so even though tone and support were present she was being airy on purpose. When compared to other performances where she is actually making the effort to project that low, she can support Eb3 without a problem. If I compare her Eb3 to the other lady’s E3, Lena’s is relaxed and sung with a neutral larynx. Although the other lady may be louder, she is making the effort to project that I mentioned before but improperly. Instead of using support and mask placement to support, she is pushing her larynx down to get that E3 to project more and that’s not proper support. Don’t confuse volume with support. So I don’t agree that her larynx is more stable because it’s pushed down.

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  21. Hi!

    In this video (at 3:41~43), what’s the highest note she sang?
    at 3:50~51, she hit D6 with head voice.
    but I think at 3:41~43, she hit the note above D6. (although it muffled)
    …about F6? Gb6~Ab6? (I can’t be sure)

    I’m a fan of your blog.
    Thank you for your k-pop singers’ analysis. I’m always enjoying it.

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    1. 한국말로 답장하면 돼요? ^ ^
      3:41 사실로 아무것도 안 들렸는데요…목소리가 그냥 안나온 것 같아요. 3:49 4옥도#까지 올렸지만 3:41 정말로 듣고 들어봐도 그냥 목소리가 안나왔다고 생각해요.
      그리고 너무 너무 감사해요! 한국말로 분석할 수 있었으면 좋겠어요. 그래서 좀 아쉬워요. ㅠㅜ

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  22. As a native Korean speaker, I can’t listen to her for an extended period of time because of her pronunciations, although she is one of my favorite female vocalists. If I’m making a playlist for a long drive, I will add only one or two of her songs.

    As for why her pronunciation bothers me (and many other Korean native speakers), it helps to understand that we tend to pronounced the first consonant of a word half-aspirated. For example, 진짜? [jinjja?] will be pronounced something between 진짜? and 친짜? [chinjja?] This rule applies only to ㅈㄱㄷㅂ, which have aspirated derivatives of ㅊㅋㅌㅍ.

    This unwritten rule is why it’s very hard for non-native Korean speakers to sound like native speakers. The difference is indeed so subtle that we don’t even realize we’ve been doing this for our lifetime, it until we try to teach Korean. We keep telling our friends who are correctly repeating our pronunciations that they are wrong, until we realize we didn’t know what sound we were making.

    Back to Lena, she lived in Korea long enough to be “kind of” aware of this pattern. As a result, she often aspirates a consonant that she shouldn’t, or add an exaggerated double consonant sound when it won’t be acceptable.

    I still remember watching her “It’s only my world” performance in 2011 at “I am a singer”, when this problem was so apparent that I couldn’t stand it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikFVN3ezELM At 3:39, 그것만이 내 세상 is pronounced as 그것만이 내 쎄쌍, which sounds extremely awkward and breaks all the emotion she built up. It is worse when she pronounces 사랑 as 싸랑 in romantic songs, which make her sound like trying to speak a 경상 dialect and failing it miserably.

    This list continues. At 0:30, 얘기하지 is pronounced as 얘기하치 with aspirated sound at the wrong place. At 2:30, 걱정된 is pronounced as 꺽정된, and at 2:55, 그 길에 is pronounced as 끄 길에. The ㄲ sound also provokes a negative image of choking or moaning (I think it’s fairly universal across different languages).

    I know there’s a wider range of “acceptable pronunciations” in English, but mispronouncing consonants is a big problem if you think about it–imagine somebody keeps pronouncing “love” as [rove] or [lobe], and “that” as [tat]. In fact, Lena mispronounces vowels all the time, but that doesn’t bother me nearly as much.

    But at the end of the day, we all agree that her bad pronunciation is conspicuous only because she has such a strong and clean voice. For many of the idols these days, I can’t hear what they are saying anyways and they have many other glaring weaknesses, so it doesn’t matter how bad/good their pronunciations are.

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    1. Although I appreciate what you’re saying, and I hear it too, I fully agree with you but it’s almost slightly irrelevant. Many Korean vocalists have improper diction and accents in Mandarin, Japanese and English as well and although it’s a problem for them and also for Lena Park, it’s not relevant to vocal technique. All of what you said is true, bad, and it’s bothersome. I get bothered by it too, but it’s not related to vocal technique. It’s a language problem, so it doesn’t make much difference to the analysis in itself.

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