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Super Junior – Hero November 23, 2013

Filed under: Super Junior — solarblade @ 7:35 am

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Track Listing

  1. INTRO -SUPERMAN PRELUDE-
  2. ★BAMBINA★
  3. Sexy, Free, and Single
  4. Mr. Simple
  5. Opera
  6. Wonder Boy
  7. Our Love
  8. A-CHA
  9. Bijin (BONAMANA)
  10. TUXEDO
  11. Way
  12. Hero
  13. Hero -Performance ver.- (CD only)

1. INTRO -SUPERMAN PRELUDE-

Of course their album opens with an intruduction the brings us the ~9 shupaheroes~ (which at the time of release, was 9 members).  The SUPERMAN PRELUDE sounds pretty cool and it’s like leading to something big, but its cut short as it ends into our next track.

2. ★BAMBINA★

The first vocal track is surprisingly the first in Japan without their leader Leeteuk as he went off on mandatory military leave so it really is the remaining 9 members to take up that spot (and for the majority of the new songs / self-covers).  ★BAMBINA★ starts off on a different foot than the introduction had led us to believe, but it goes into this groovy track with Ryeowook and Kyuhyun leading the first verse which is great enough to sit and listen!  It’s pretty good most of the other members and the chorus is catchy enough, if not somewhat cheesy.  It’s quite a good song to listen to and has high hopes for the rest of the album.  Though they say ~super show~ a lot, must be a tour-friendly song XD.

3. Sexy, Free, and Single

Then comes most of the leading A-side that preceded the album starting with the 4th and last before the album.  As it was used as their main promotion for their Korean album of the same name, Sexy, Free, and Simple had a lot to go for in its Japanese version and while I rather listen to the original, it’s not a bad self-cover.  Also to mention that this was when Kangin returned to the group and while the song doesn’t show it, he was prominent in the PV (he must’ve been a pretty popular member).  The song was also pretty damn good (though the lyrics are a bit out there), still it was nice to see that Siwon didn’t have as much of an appearance and instead Donghae, Kangin, and Eunhyuk seem to have more presence.  Pretty tight track overall!

4. Mr. Simple

Moving back a bit to the second A-side the group released, Mr. Simple actually had no Kangin in this release and was the final release to have Heechul before he himself had to leave for mandatory military leave.  I was a bit surprised that as much as they went with “9 members from the intro track” there was really 11 members on this album XD.  I will admit that I prefer the Japanese version of Mr. Simple more than the original Korean, but I can’t explain why…it just sounds more fitting to the language perhaps?  I mean when the first verse consists of Kyuhyun, Siwon, Heechul, Donghae, Yesung, and Ryeowook, you know you’re in pretty good hands with this track.  This was the song that got me into the group so it’s pretty high on my list.  Very memorable song overall!

5. Opera

So the single that came after the great “Mr. Simple”, Opera continued to impress me a lot even with Heechul absent.  I will say that it’s definitely not as formulaic as many K-pop songs are because there’s no bridge to lead into the chorus so due to that, the song is quite short, actually 3 minutes long >.>.  I do like the darker vibe it has when compared to MANY of their songs so that’s something positive to say.  Leads seem to really be comprised of Siwon, Kyuhyun, Donghae, and Ryeowook, which seems to be the standard in the group (at least for their A-sides).  Also, I just LOVE Sungmin’s part in the second chorus where he does that yelp really stood out in a badass way (give this man, more credit!).  Overall, if it wasn’t for the previous track being my first song, this would be my favorite A-side and a pretty well done self-cover.

6. Wonder Boy

It seems like we get more self-covers to (y’know, count as new tracks).  This is a pretty old song to be re-doing (especially something that was released back in 2007 so most members then have either left, or on hiatus, plus their vocals are more mature and strong.  A bit on the strange side to self-cover but this song actually is also weird because it’s a pop/rock track and nothing like the previous K-pop heavy songs.  It’s a nice change of pace and all the members sound really good though Eunhyuk is pretty much left behind in this track.  Overall not bad and is quite fun to listen to when I’m not fangasming over “Opera” and the like.

7. Our Love

So we get two of the B-sides on their album, this one coming from “Sexy, Free, and Single”.  It’s also another self-cover and another old song coming from their 2007 album, “Don’t Don!”.  Sadly, like all the B-sides they’ve released, SuJu does not really perform strongly with ballads and rehashing such an old one has mixed reactions.  I will say the guys sound very chill and nice, but the arrangement sounds so done before that it just kind of escapes me everytime…but damn Yesung ❤

8. A-CHA

Oh damn how I wanted a Japanese version of A-CHA because this was one of my favorite songs…it’s just was an awesome song and did so well for being a repackaged tune for “Mr. Simple”.  Though I have to remember, this song doesn’t have Leeteuk or Heechul who were I think were vocally important to this song and of course the Japanese >.<.  Though I hear Leeteuk, but no Kangin?  Was this perhaps done before the addition???  As much as I like Sungmin taking over Heechul’s lines, the song doesn’t sound as smooth nor as strong as its original.  Honestly, the only member that really impressed me is Yesung (damn he is a good singer!).  Overall, maybe if they were to have redid it…should’ve waiting for the original members who sung this in the same way (and if they’re singing in Japanese…maybe teach em better).

9. Bijin (BONOMANA)

Which is even more the reason because we get the era’s first single, Bijin which wasn’t touched with so it includes Heechul and Leeteuk and no Kangin.  Once again, I adore the original Korean version so listening to this version kind of pushes me away XD.  I guess it seems OK, but the auto-tune is quite annoying in this one and would’ve loved a clearer version.  Though as it is their breakout hit in Japan, Bijin I suppose did well for itself and it’s not a terrible song…just the Korean version is WAY better.

10. TUXEDO

Is this an actual new track?  Why yes it is!  TUXEDO finally breaks from the old stuff with a good mellow dance track doesn’t try to force beats onto the listeners.  It’s actually a solid tune though it seems like Eunhyuk and Shindong are once again left behind which is a bit unfortunate because I think both vocals could’ve been great.  It’s a solid tune and kind of has this romanctic side but also smooth and womanizing…it’s an actual surprise for the album to have!

11. Way

Then we come to another B-side, this one from “Opera” and like I said about “Our Love”, ballads aren’t their strong points.  I actually didn’t enjoy this even moreso and this is an original Japanese song!  I guess it has a good wintry theme to it, but this kind of song has been done time and time again, so this way flies over my head in the long run and I totally forgot who sung what in the song XDDD

12. Hero

Then we come to the title and final track and on the album.  It’s like they added horns to “Way” and just said here ya go!  I guess it has a better reception with the included R&B beats to overlap the lonely piano.  It’s OK, but when compared to majority of the songs on the album, it’s quite forgetful.

13. Hero -Performance ver.-

On the CD version we get a bonus track and I initially thought it was a live version of Hero (which in itself, wouldn’t be totally memorable as how much I enjoyed that on the studio version)…but it’s the same track as above?  Same time, same everything.  I wonder if the downloader messed up or something, but this was rather uneventful for right now.

Tracks Recommended

  • Mr. Simple
  • Opera
  • TUXEDO
  • Wonder Boy
  • Sexy, Free, and Single

Song of Avoidance

  • Way

Getting into Suju’s actual first studio album in Japan, I was quite unturned by Hero.  With majority of the album being self-covers (cept the intro and 3 songs), I felt like this album took too long to come out with not enough actual NEW material to suffice through the 4 A-sides released.  Though I guess they needed something to fill it up, but to me the group really exceeds at the dance songs more than the ballads which all 3 were mediocre at best.  Maybe they’ll fix it up with their sophomore era which should give them time to put out more original songs, here’s hoping!

 

One Response to “Super Junior – Hero”

  1. SHIFT Says:

    The difference of track 12 Hero to track 13 Hero is the lines. Ryeowook mostly takes Yesung’s lines as well as Yeung’s other adlibs were done by Kyuhyun instead. It’s the one used for the PV.


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