C3 – B5 (2 Octaves, 5 notes & 1 semitone)
- Has a good ear for pitch
- Each register is even in development
- Voice has not seen any form of decline over the years
- No developed registers
- Produces a flat, nasal, throat based tone
- Nasality is always present in singing. Soft palate is never raised.
- No true support or resonance in his voice
- Neck, throat, and tongue tension are ever present in his singing
- Lacks open quality to his singing
- Lower register lacks support completely and often is accompanied with a lowered larynx
- Unexplored, neglected upper register
- Often sings with a high larynx in his mix around G4
- Lower register: Undeveloped, airy, unsupported sound that lacks tone up until F#3/G3. Nearly everything in the third octave is becomes mushy with a low larynx or air.
- Mixed register: Tight, tense, throat and nasal based sound starting before his first passaggio(D4/Eb4). As he ascends in pitch, his voice becomes more and more swallowed.
- Upper register: Entirely undeveloped and unexplored. Airy, rough, throaty sound that becomes screamed as he goes higher.
A smart vocalist, Henry avoids attempting anything complex in terms of agility, only attempting simple runs in his songs. However, even this proves to be too much for him, as he lacks the proper pitch accuracy and separation needed to even attempt simple scales such as in the “Falsetto Challenge“, “Trap” and “143“. When attempting more complex runs, his lack of ability to properly sing each individual pitch accurately by itself and then connect it smoothly throughout one sung line is more evident through the inaccuracy and sloppiness of his runs, where he attempts to add them on some of his covers but ends up only exposing his weaknesses, such as in “two” different performances of “Baby“.
A very popular member of Super Junior M and solo artist, Henry Lau is credited for having multiple talents and abilities as well as his charm and sense of humor. More so well known as a musician, entertainer, talented dancer, songwriter and a lead vocalist in the sub unit Super Junior-M, after his solo debut attention has also been brought to his vocal ability. He’s since been a lot more highlighted in live performances and concerts.
Starting from his lower register: Henry is unable to produce a clear, supported sound in the 3rd octave at all, and doesn’t even begin to sing with enough tone until F3/F#3, where although tone is present, true support seems to be an issue, such as the F3’s in “I’m Yours” and “Trap“, as well as the F#3’s in “Lazy Song” and “Billionaire“. Below this, the sound comes out as air and mush while bringing nasality all the way to his lowest showcased note, C3. It is unknown what his lowest note truly is, but due to him writing songs that generally sit slightly higher in range, he doesn’t have songs where his lower range is truly explored.
Unfortunately as he goes into his mixed voice, this airy, unsupported, nasal sound does not clear up. But instead, it becomes accompanied by neck, throat, tongue, and jaw tension as with throat placement even around D4/Eb4. As he ascends in pitch, his larynx raises and the sound becomes more and more dissonant and swallowed causing him to yell in order to be heard as shown in his G4’s in “143” and Bb4 in TRAP, his G4s and C5 in “Baby“, A4’s in “Baby“, the Bb4 in “That’s What Friends Are For“, the C#5 in “Saturday” and the D5 in “You“. Even lower in range, his mix still sounds tight and throaty, with an airy unsupported quality, such as the E4 in “당신이기에“, the F4’s in “Trap” and F#4’s in “Billionaire“. This is all caused by Henry having a very thin head-dominant mixed voice with inexistent breath support employed in his singing, resulting in a small, tight and squeezed sound in his mix, with a high larynx and a yell-like quality even below his first passaggio.
Henry’s falsetto is actually rarely used, but when used it is a breathy, nasal, disconnected, throat based, at times screamed sound all the way up from G4 – B5 (Super Junior M Falsetto Challenge). Much like the rest of his range, Henry has yet to ever use proper breath support in his upper register, unable to use a connected head voice and even in his falsetto, he’s unable to keep an opened throat, unable to stay relaxed and unable to keep his larynx stable and neutral, or his vocal cords connected, which cause the airiness in his tone and the tight thin quality he has throughout his voice.
Despite Henry’s many weaknesses, he has proven time and time again that he will keeping making music and will not give up on his dreams and goals or upset his loving fans. He is a talented individual who is able to play multiple instruments with quite a lot of skill, including the piano, the ukulele, the violin and also is able to dance well and write his own music, being able to take control of his own artistry. With that being said, the one area where Henry lacks is his vocals, where as a soloist he is more like a songwriter who’s able to release his music with his own singing but perhaps would be better off having some time for himself to work on the basics of breath support in his singing and use his songwriting skills to help fellow SM-artists with their original music.
Musically and harmonically, Henry has the music theory down to be able to understand his own voice. He is very skilled when it comes to arranging and finding his pitch, which is one of his biggest strengths. As a musician, despite having no breath support, Henry is in complete control of his pitch in his melodic singing. Regardless, he is not one to try and sing without a musical direction and trying to add his own musical ideas to songs, instead taking the safe road and sticking to the original melody in order to keep control of his vocal performances. The few times he attempts to show off vocally by adding his own runs to songs, he ends up sounding pitchy and exposing the lack of control in his voice, with strain as well, such as the C5 in “Baby“.
Analyzed by Haruko & Ahmin