Total Score: 4.80
Sound Quality: 4
Singing Quality: 4
Contextual Fit: 4
Release Date: 11/08/2005
It’s weird now to hear Super Junior songs, that are not explicitly tagged as a subunit, and which clearly do not have everyone on them. (Military absences don’t count.) I’ll admit I’m not super-familiar with Hangeng’s voice, mostly due to me having gotten into Super Junior after he’d already left, but neither he, Shindong, Yesung (?!!) or Kangin have any features in “Way for Love”, and I only tagged Kangin on this because I’m pretty sure I can hear his voice leading part of a chorus (and Yesung has a tiny bit of adlibbing at the end). Otherwise, with no auditory evidence that they were here, I am going to assume they weren’t.
And that’s likely because Super Junior was originally called Super Junior ’05, and meant to be a rotating group of rookies a la AKB48 and similar. So since the plan at the time was for people to be coming and going on an annual basis, each song not necessarily featuring each member was probably not a concern anyone had. Even if some of the people left out were some of the best singers in the group.
But could this song have worked a little better with more singing, particularly sweet, smooth singing (as Yesung and Kangin are both capable of), and less of that blasted rapping? Maaaaybe.
Lyrically, this is a song about Super Junior exhorting their girls to believe in their love, no matter what troubles may come. The sound is relentlessly cheerful, and as someone who is now 11 years older than Leeteuk was then, it’s a little difficult for me to think back to a time when this would have spoken to me. Yes, believing in one’s love is important, but “don’t worry be happy” is not a particularly useful aphorism when presented with serious challenges. Then again, this is likely written to a new girlfriend, someone who isn’t quite as settled or even necessarily as familiar with her boyfriend.
The song begins with some plinky glocken-piano and some “ahhs” that may as well have been played as a different setting on said glocken-piano. There’s a poorly transitioned key change in the last minute or so of the song as well. As far as individual singers, Donghae at this early stage sounds like he’s forcing his voice out of his nose too much. Conversely, Ryeowook sounds looser and airier on his line here than he does nowaday on similar lines, and Eunhyuk’s rap has a touch of singing to it, which sounds nervous and wavery, but *spoilers* that’ll get better, eventually. The rapping overall is better here than in Twins, I would assume because it’s an original song and not a cover. Yesung’s “whooooa-ooooh” (the only thing that transitions that key change) actually moves from the left channel to the right and back to center, which is a neat trick that brings to mind the way that there’s always somebody walking around during Super Junior dance numbers, because whoever’s singing has to get to the front somehow and it can’t necessarily be done through dance.
SM (or SJ? I don’t know how this works) resurrected and rearranged this for Super Show 3, in 2011, but it seems to have languished aside from that, and that’s probably for the best.