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Super Junior – Devil/Magic March 4, 2016

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devilmagic

Track Listing

  1. Devil
  2. Magic
  3. Devil (Inst)
  4. Magic (Inst)

1. Devil

Seems like the group fell back again on technically re-transladed songs from their most recent Korean albums and just threw them as a single.  Luckily, I actually dug this a lot more than I did with “MAMACITA (AYAYA)” altogether.  I already liked Devil just from hearing it in Korean, but the Japanese version is pretty decent too with all of the smooth vocals coming together (which really is surprising that the group is singing in a more wispy tone).  Also I finally noticed Shindong in the song above other guys…wows!

2. Magic

As the leading song from the rereleased Korean album, Magic was a much lighter affair going for the kind of cuter vibe for the guys!  I kind of like the jazzy vibes on top of the smoky vocals especially from Yesung and Shindong for sure!  It has been a while since the group has tone such a poppy song, but it’s definitely welcome!

 

 

As the single before the group enters a strange hiatus (due to 5 of the members on military leave: Sungmin (who wasn’t involved in the single), Eunhyuk, Donghae, Shindong, and Siwon), I understood the rush of putting this single out before they left, though I’m still a bit disappointed they couldn’t muster up an original song for this release.  For what we got though was two pretty decent songs from the normal offering sounds from Devil to the more fun vibes of Magic, it’s definitely their best single so far in this era.

 

Super Junior – MAMACITA (AYAYA) September 6, 2015

Filed under: Super Junior — solarblade @ 6:33 am

mamacita

Track Listing

  1. MAMACITA (AYAYA)
  2. Gesshoku ~Lunar Eclipse~
  3. MAMACITA (AYAYA) (Instrumental)
  4. Gesshoku ~Lunar Eclipse~ (Instrumental)

1. MAMACITA (AYAYA)

It really feels like K-pop is going through a new phase where they’re using jazzy instrumentals mixed with beats in it (I mean, I’ll miss the signature beat-driven songs, but EVERYONE is jumping on this bandwagon).  SuJu’s MAMACITA is of course a K-pop redub which surprises me that they’d go back to that shit after how good “Blue World” was.  For some reason, listening to this song made me question their Japanese as it felt almost cluttered throughout the song (add on that I was never a fan of that chorus).  Not the best Super Junior song out there, but it did mark their return (well a year break).

2. Gesshoku ~Lunar Eclipse~

Of course we’re back to normal SuJu stuff with Gesshoku being the ballad of the single.  With a lone piano acting as the melody, this song is pretty bare bones when compared to their other B-sides they’ve released.  After a while, strings to try to add color alongside acoustic guitar which was a bit sweet…though the rest of the song just is filler to me.

A whole year was placed between this and their last single, “Blue World” and their sound has wholly shifted it seems to fit the current in-sound of K-pop.  Honestly, I didn’t really care for it when it was first released in Korea and not much has changed with the Japanese take.  Gesshoku might be the nicest sounding ballad they’ve done in Japan, but that really doesn’t amount to much with me in the end.  Meh single.

 

Super Junior – Blue World December 16, 2013

Filed under: Super Junior — solarblade @ 4:07 am

blueworld

Track Listing

  1. Blue World
  2. CANDY
  3. Blue World -Less Vocal-
  4. CANDY -Less Vocal-

1. Blue World

I actually still cannot seem to forge an opinion for Blue World.  It does change the group’s sound out from their K-pop sound which is a nice switch of moods.  I actually kind of quickly enjoyed this song just for that reason that it was an original tune and the group sounded great.  Plus Heechul returns (though Yesung is now on military leave).  I thought this was done well for the remaining members and Eunhyuk and Shindong actually stood amongst the group as the rappers.  Great way to end 2013 for the group.

2. CANDY

I kind of was expecting a ballad as the B-side (since it’s been that way for Suju).  CANDY though continues being a dance track and I was surprised that it turned out that way.  I will say “Blue World” stood out stronger of a song, but CANDY is not all that bad and fits in with their pro J-pop sound!  Though ~candy, candy come into me?~…just a tad strange as the chorus right?  Not bad though.

 

 

Super Junior ends their 2013 with the single kicking their 2nd era off and neither song are self-covers (THANK GOD).  Blue World was surprisingly good and even more that their B-side wasn’t a lame ass ballad.  I still think Blue World surpasses CANDY, but this is a great single overall!

 

Super Junior – Hero November 23, 2013

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

herosuju

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!

 

Super Junior – Sexy, Free & Single August 22, 2012

Filed under: Super Junior — solarblade @ 7:50 pm

Track Listing

  1. Sexy, Free & Single
  2. Our Love
  3. Sexy, Free & Single -Korean ver.- (CD only)

1. Sexy, Free & Single

Well it was no surprise that SuJu would take their most recent title track and make it their next A-side.  Sexy, Free & Single is quite funky and of course the same elements can be same told here which does kind of make me yawn since this has been the same since they started up in Japan.  I mean this is Kangin’s first single coming back which is great and makes up for Heechul gonig on hiatus two singles ago.  They all sound great but I wan most impressed with Donghae, Kangin, and Yesung.  It’s a nice and danceable track, but 4 in a row?  Could we get something different?

2. Our Love

So the B-side is also a Japanese rendition of Urideurui Sarang from their second album (wow a long time ago).  Sadly, it’s another ballad as the B-side and I’m just kind of bored already.  I don’t really get the cheesy keyboard tone for some reason…CASIO much?  Add that it was 6 minutes long and cheesy as all hell and I’m just like forgetting the song altogether.  Though the good thing is that it sounds good in Japanese.  Siwon sounds weird in this song too >.>

3. Sexy, Free & Single -Korean ver.-

Of course it isn’t a Suju single without the Korean version of the title track which is still the preferred version IMO.  I think everyone sounds a bit stronger and the lyrics flow more smoothly.  Other than that it’s the same song otherwise and the hooks are the same and still amazingly catchy lol.

 

 

Despite the fat that I enjoy Sexy, Free & Single, I’m getting tired of their releases in Japan.  It’s always an upbeat, Korean track and a lame ballad to coincide with the release.  Can we move into some original stuff guys…it’s starting to get OLD! 

 

Super Junior – Opera May 13, 2012

Filed under: Super Junior — solarblade @ 7:41 am

Track Listing

  1. Opera
  2. Way
  3. Opera -Korean ver.-

1. Opera

I have to admit, while this is another one of those K-pop turned into J-pop tunes, it is one of the group’s more intricate songs (at least Japanese-wise) they’ve done since it isn’t as formulaic like “Bijin” and “Mr. Simple”.  Well meaning is that it has substance and not just one of them “K-pop songs”.  It’s a bit slower which is something I wasn’t expecting but I do like it since it fits the whole theme of the song (which isn’t an opera, mind you!).  It doesn’t have as strong of a hook like their previous two songs, but it’s dark and still very much enjoyable!

2. Way

Like with their last single, “Mr. Simple”, the B-side is an original song and once again also is a ballad.  It’s kind of simple just like how “Snow White” was but less wintry.  Like how I felt before the song really feels underwhelming under “Opera” which is no surprise because I don’t think SuJu is really well-made for ballads as simple as this one!

3. Opera -Korean ver.-

So the original from the “Mr. Simple” mini in Korea also takes place on the single and while it wasn’t promoted like the Japanese version it still sounds good!  Well to be honest, would it really be drastically THAT different?  Not really so if you like the original, you’ll enjoy the Japanese and vice versa lol.

 

 

SuJu’s third single and oddly enough not an original A-side is quite different from what they’ve done in Japan thus far.  Opera (and its Korean version) were pretty cool and unusual in ways but it sure is enjoyable!  Way is kind of boring and very white and bland for me.  They need on their ballads if they wanna be amazing!

 

Super Junior – Mr. Simple March 10, 2012

Filed under: Super Junior — solarblade @ 8:25 pm

Track Listing

  1. Mr. Simple
  2. Snow White
  3. Mr. Simple -Korean ver.-
  4. Mr. Simple -Instrumental-
  5. Snow White -Instrumental-

1. Mr. Simple

Now this was understandable as the group’s 2nd A-side.  Mr. Simple is pretty popular for the group and it’s no surprise since this sounds so much better than “Bijin” to be honest.  I mean the vocals aren’t under auto-tune and the hooks are just a tad more stronger as well which is pretty damn good.  I also like the Japanese in the song since it gives the song a little more punch.  Plus, c’mon, this is such a fun song to listen to…I mean I would love to learn the dance and just be singing the chorus XD.  Add in that this was my first song that I listened to from SuJu and we have this great song that definitely left a mark on me!

2. Snow White

After that excitement, Snow White comes in as the original B-side and it doesn’t sound bad even though it tones things down quite immensely for it.  It is a bit more like their sound when it isn’t a leading song so this shouldn’t surprise me much.  Add in that it feels that it’s their winter song and it also kind of sounds a little cheesy.  I like the amount of solo lines of course but it just seems this is so overwhelming compared to “Mr. Simple”.

3. Mr. Simple -Korean ver.-

I’ll be honest, I love the the long intro for the PV so much but sad that it isn’t connected to the song at all on either versions.  Now I don’t find too much to really bicker about the original version since I like it as equal to the Japanese version so that’s good that I don’t feel bothered by it.  Pretty good!

 

 

Ahhhh the famed Mr. Simple…I love this a lot more as an A-side that I did with “Bijin” for sure since the song was more natural than it and just overall sounds like a stronger song!  Snow White was clearly not going to be as good as the leading track but I don’t remember it very much either since it’s a little bland for being a wintry tune.  Can’t wait for their next single!