Winter ~Winter Rose / Duet -Winter Version~, released on 11.30.11, is Tohoshinki’s 33rd single.
The single starts off with the first A-side, 「Winter Rose」, which has a classic winter instrumental with the piano, bells, and snapping. Changmin starts things off first with low, soft vocals followed by Yunho. The choruses has a bit more tempo than the verses along with a stronger stress on their vocals against the instrumental. The song has such a classic Christmas/winter feel to it, that it feels really familiar and the boys do a good job singing it.
Next is, as the title describes, 「Duet -winter ver.-」. It’s basically a Christmas version of the same song from the TONE album, with a combination of keyboard, some electronica, and occasionally orchestra and bells in the beginning.
I have no idea what was different about 「Winter Rose -reversible ver.-」 until I looked it up. Apparently the regular version is from the man’s point of view. This version is from the woman’s point of view, so the lyrics are slightly different. Besides that, it sounds exactly the same.
A PV was made for Winter Rose. The PV features two young children (a boy and girl) looking out the window at the snow and decorating the Christmas tree respectively. Changmin and Yunho sing inside the building as well as out in the snow in their scenes; their outfits are nice for once! Near the end, the boy gives the girl a present and the PV ends with the message “Merry Christmas”.
This single definitely screams winter and Christmas. Not that that is a bad thing. The songs are nicely done and the winter version of Duet is MUCH better than the original IMHO.