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Super Junior – Marry U February 5, 2019

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marryu

Track Listing

  1. Marry U
  2. Ayumi wo Tomete
  3. Rokkugo!!!
  4. 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?

3. Rokkugo!!!

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.

 

 

Super Junior – U/TWINS

Filed under: Super Junior — solarblade @ 3:59 am

 

utwins

Track Listing

  1. U
  2. TWINS (Knock Out)
  3. Miracle
  4. Endless Moment
  5. U (Japanese version) (Limited only)

1. U

While not the group’s actual debut song, U was the first comeback from them and comparing it to the two previous leading songs “TWINS” and “Miracle”, U felt so 90’s boyband to me which really throws some nostalgia to my ears.  I also had to deal with members I’ve never heard from before (Hangeng & Kibum) and I learned the former was a main vocalist (next to Siwon at least) and Kibum was a rapper next to Eunhyuk!  Back to the song, it feels formulaic, but considering this was released in 2006, it’s no surprise with the growing popularity of TVXQ & BoA that SM would take this route.  I’m kind of liking the sound and hearing every member get some spotlight (minus Shindong for whatever reason) and as this was the first song to include Kyuhyun, it was a pretty big song.  I liked its simplicity and riding on catchy hooks and a sultry tone and overall was a great comeback!

2. TWINS (Knock Out)

Then we move to their actual debut, TWINS and this is before Kyuhyun joined and once again nothing from Shindong (honestly where was he during this PV?).  So the sound is radically different than what “U” had taking more of what is Suju being badasses with the aggressive rock arrangement it has but still feels like a boyband song.  I’m actually surprised to hear a LOT of Sungmin, Heechul, and Kibum and Donghae rapping?!  This is definitely early Kpop, but I can see why people like this because it is more in your face and the song is pretty neat (that bass solo in the bridge is kind of cool).  Regardless, TWINS is something you don’t really hear much in Kpop anymore and this was and is still a cool song!

3. Miracle

Then we move to Miracle which was the 2nd MV made for the group since this was part of their debut release in Korea!  It seem to be a total 180 from “TWINS” by being much more bright and happier to listen to.  Also I finally can tell Shindong is here!  I would argue to say this is an idol pop song for them.  Interesting choice to make as their 2nd PV, but I’m fine with it because all 13 members seem to show something here!

4. Endless Moment

Slows down further with this ballad from their “U” single!  I mean hearing this song with the light R&B feel that you’d find in the 90’s (like its A-side), it’s another song that really feels like it belonged in another time.  I do enjoy that almost all of the members get a solo here (except Shindong again).  The tune isn’t really that memorable otherwise to me, so it feels rather lost on me despite the throwback (and the lulz from Kibum’s ending dialogue).

5. U (Japanese version)

Funny how this ended up just being a bonus track for a Japanese single (sort-of).  Yeah it was the first try for the group to tackle Japanese and I’m surprised that they all handled the song pretty well (considering the track had a lot of English involved as well).  Really not much to say here, but I was happy at the group handling it (maybe less for Eunhyuk and Kibum as their raps were entirely in English).  Still a cool song!

 

 

So I did jump back to 2008 when they decided to tackle the land of the Rising Sun with their technical debut with U/TWINS.  Gotta say, those two songs really stand out in their early careers as they both showcased different sides of the group and then added more variety with both Miracle and Endless Moment.  All-around single I’d say and finally hearing what Hangeng and Kibun were like when they were part of Suju was pretty neat!

 

Super Junior – One More Time February 2, 2019

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onemoretime

Track Listing

  1. One More Time (Otra Vez) feat. REIK
  2. Wow! Wow!! Wow!!!
  3. Make You Smile
  4. One More Time (Otra Vez) -Inst-
  5. Wow! Wow!! Wow!!! -Inst-
  6. Make You Smile -Inst-

1. One More Time (Otra Vez) feat. REIK

I’m not sure what happened but it seems lately that Super Junior has been quite loving the latin pop side of things with both “Lo Siento” and this track and also enjoying collaborating with other artists as well.  While I’m surprised they chose this to given the KOR to JPN experience over the aforementioned song, but this is something alright.  Also Ryeowook is back and it’s a good time (now we wait for Kangin, Sungmin, and Kyuhyun).  Anyways One More Time sounds like it is following the popularity from “Despacito” it feels.  Though I guess it can’t be helped since REIK is a latin pop group so figures right?  I am impressed that the group singing in both Spanish and Japanese though so that’s pretty awesome!  It’s not a terrible song but a bit of a farcry from anything they’ve released previous.

2. Wow! Wow!! Wow!!!

Huh, Super Junior has 2 B-sides this time?  It’s probably the first single since their (well, debut in Japan with “U/TWINS” and “Marry U” if that counts.  Anyways the first of the two sounds like a special case as it has a Las Vegas showtune kind of groove about it and it makes more sense as it mentions the Super Show which are their tours.  I have to say, I’m enjoying the energy and everyone gets a decent line throughout too!  Pretty good B-side and shows off the fun side to the group.

3. Make You Smile

I think this song was meant to be the true B-side as like all the other singles (except “Blue World”) ended up with a ballad as a B-side.  Make You Smile though feels rather heartfelt and personal with a rather nice acoustic sound (with some strings and piano and some percussion too).  Though I was more surprised with the vocals which aren’t belting for emotion and keeps things at a lighter pace.  I think of all their ballads so far in Japan, this has impressed me the most.

 

 

With Ryeowook back in the group, I eel like Super Junior is starting to fully be one again and One More Time is a pretty good sign of things to come when Kyuhyun returns from military leave (and hopefully the other two since they’re benched for other reasons sadly).  One More Time is latin pop done pretty well if not tugging at the “Despacito” train a bit much, but the better songs were the B-sides, one showing off a brighter and happier group while the other being romantic and soft…In general, this single may be their best one in Japan yet!

 

 

Super Junior – On and On March 10, 2018

Filed under: Super Junior — solarblade @ 10:44 pm

onandon

Track Listing

  1. On and On
  2. Black Suit (Japanese ver.)
  3. On and On -inst-
  4. Black Suit (Japanese ver.) -inst-

1. On and On

As the lone original track, On and On is an interesting song taking a mid-tempo dance track here.  I wasn’t expecting this after a two year hiatus, but hey this was nice for the group to come back to this.  Of course it seems that Donghae has become a bit of the lead here and I’m not surprised as his vocals are quite good (not as awesome as Yesung, but luckily he has a lot of spotlight too).  The song while not as punchy as “Blue World” was still feels cool and certain parts take from the current sound in Korea so I appreviate that.  Little weird that it ends with a pseudo-rap section between Heechul & Shindong, but overall it’s an OK A-side

2. Black Suit (Japanese ver.)

Of course it wouldn’t really be a SuJu single without one of their Korean songs being translated to Japanese and it’s of course the main promo from their return album, “PLAY”.  When this came out, I was so impressed by how cool and sexy the tune came off and hearing members get some equal time in the field.  Now the Japanese version does mostly feel right and whatnot except for the chorus (but lets be honest, the Korean cut just sounds better).  Either way, it’s a decent conversion

 

 

Has it really been close to two years since Super Junior released anything in Japan?  Yeah due to all of the military enlistments and a couple of controversies with some of the members, we finally see Super Junior active and it’s interesting to hear the group without Kyuhyun & Ryeowook (and in a smaller degree Kangin & Sungmin), but I think they’re doing fine after their Korean comeback and now Japanese single comeback.  On and On while not the strongest in their catalog, is a decent song and keeps the group being upbeat while Black Suit well…brought us a classier but upbeat side as well…it’ll be interesting to see where the group lands for their next release.

 

 

 

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

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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!