- Marry U
- Ayumi wo Tomete
- COOKING? COOKING!
1. Marry U
As their next single, a leading song from “Don’t Don!”, Marry U, like “Miracle” was an odd choice to be a leading song considering it’s sister lead was something edgy and badass and coming to this flowing R&B track is rather a switch of styles. Once again, like the other softer songs from the previous single, lots of members get solos (though I don’t see any for Kibum) but for a song like this, it is a little strange. The tune doesn’t quite do much for me though and I much preferred “Don’t Don!” to have been the leading track.
2. Ayumi wo Tomete
Also during this time, sub-units were made all over for the group (Super Junior was going to be a rotational group but SM scrapped it and instead created multiple sub-units). The first is Super Junior K.R.Y (Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, and Yesung) and they were given a ballad in the form of Ayumi wo Tomete and by gosh it wowed me vocally even if the song is a pretty basic piano/strings ballad. I already knew that they had strong vocals (even more so currently these days) but even back then, these 3 had pretty high quality vocals for sure! It’s a nice song to showcase that at least, right?
Then we have Super Junior-T (Leeteuk, Heechul, Shindong, Kangin, Sungmin, and Eunhyun) and what a departure of style for them instead of going for more serious songs and going for this cutesy electropop song for Rokkugo!!!. The song is such a goofy and silly song and it seems to really fit the members whose personalities are fitting to the role! The song is a bit random but I seemed to love Leeteuk, Heechul, and Sungmin really taking leads here. Maybe it’s just me, but Kangin sounded awkward here, even more than Shindong, but his vocals didn’t suit the energy and peppiness (luckily he only has one solo in the song).
4. COOKING? COOKING!
So replace Heechul with Yesung and we have another sub-unit in Super Junior Happy and I never understood the need for these two units, but this one sounds even more random and ridiculous. Although I’m noticing a lot more Eunhyuk and Shindong too! At least Kangin sounds good here! I don’t know, but this song just gives me Hello! Project stuff but with guys singing. Of course Yesung brings some strong vocals alongside Leeteuk and Sungmin. What a goofy ass song this is though haha!
Getting into Suju’s 2nd single, Marry U might not have been the strongest of the singles but this has even more variety in it than their actual debut surprisingly enough with an R&B song, a ballad, a dance track, and whatever COOKING? COOKING! is supposed to be. I do love the sub-units as they were to push members more (some definitely needed that exposure and I enjoyed that). However, this single would be the last for two years before returning with “Bijin (BONAMANA)” primarily due to Hangeng leaving the group on bad terms with the company, Kibum going on a hiatus (til his eventual leaving in 2015), and Kangin’s trouble with the law (though Kangin would come back in “Sexy, Free, and Single”). Odd single, but it was a fun one to say the least.