The soundtrack always takes up an important role in a successful Korean drama. A nice and catchy OST definitely helps to boost the popularity of a K-Drama, and those iconic theme songs – for example, Stay With Me
, My Destiny
, "That Man" and Almost Paradise
– remain popular and recognizable even many years later.
Starring Seo Kang Joon and Esom, JTBC's romantic comedy series The Third Charm started off with a compelling storyline and good word of mouth that led to a gradual climb in ratings during the first half of the drama. However, the drama eventually ended with mixed reviews from the audience as some found the latter part to be way too melodramatic. Beyond the drama itself, I am totally mesmerized by the original soundtrack and can't stop replaying the whole album!
The funny moments in The Third Charm are exceptionally hilarious, but the sad moments are also extremely sorrowful and teary, even though it is a romcom. The melodious ballads of the OST match the plot really well and definitely amplify the sentimental feelings. Former Monday Kiz member Im Han Byul, a.k.a. ONESTAR, remakes Sung Si Kyung's classic Hee Jae from the original soundtrack of the romantic movie Scent of Love. As a huge Sung Si Kyung fan, to be honest, I didn't expect much from the remake as the original version already tops my playlist. However, ONESTAR's newly arranged version of Hee Jae (Track 7) turns out to be a very nice cover performed in a pleasant tone. He thoroughly expresses the tune and the desperate sentiments of the lyrics. The song is absolutely worth a listen.
"Perhaps We" (Track 2) by Jo Sung Mo and Think About You (Track 4) by YONGZOO are my other two favorites of the soundtrack. Their dulcet voices bring me the feels every time I listen to the ballads. It's been a year since experienced ballad singer Jo Sung Mo's last song release so it's quite a pleasant surprise to hear his voice in a drama again. Though "Perhaps We" is his most recent song, it has earned more "likes" on digital music sites than his other OST releases from past years. Think About You was my first time listening to R&B singer YONGZOO, who has a charming voice similar to Crush. This talented singer was a member of SMRookies and the Super Idol Season 2 project group B.Swan. He now debuts as a solo artist and hopefully he will achieve great success afterwards!
After the 2013 hit "Stupid in Love," K-pop duet queen So You teams up with rapper Mad Clown again for "When It Rains" (Track 8). It's a pity that the drama turned into a curate's egg before the song was even featured in it. "When It Rains" conveys how the rain reminds you of somebody, and all of a sudden you realize that you miss them a lot. This song could have been a super hit if it was released earlier.
The sweet and refreshing "Only You" (Track 1) by Stella Jang serves as the theme song of The Third Charm. You may have heard her attractive velvety voice in other dramas such as Temperature of Love, I'm Not a Robot and Partners for Justice. The song's chirpy tune brings a gleeful feeling that is definitely suitable for a romantic comedy!
Besides "Only You," "You Are Attractive" (Track 3) by CJM is another major OST song of The Third Charm. This song is frequently played in the first half of the drama, right before the plot turns depressing and melancholic. The addictive and upbeat "You Are Attractive" blends into the romcom series well as it usually appears in funny scenes. CJM's soothing and unique voices remind me of the well-known K-indie group Bolbbalgan4. Interestingly, the music producers wrote another song named "It Was Good" (Track 5) that has the same melody as "You Are Attractive." At first, when I was watching the drama, I thought it was the ballad version of CJM's song. But it turns out the song is sung by YouTuber Boramiyu and has wholly different lyrics and arrangement that give off a more soulful vibe.
Though I am not a hundred percent satisfied with the ending of The Third Charm, I am delighted to have been introduced to such great music and gifted singers through the drama's soundtrack. The songs of the 2012 drama Missing You keep occasionally coming to my mind even though the drama ended almost six years ago (and I remember none of the plot). I'm pretty sure that The Third Charm OST will stay in my mind for the upcoming six years!