Total Score: 5.60
Sound Quality: 5
Singing Quality: 5
Contextual Fit: 4
Release Date: 11/08/2005
For Super Junior’s first love ballad, SM picked what were I’m sure at the time their best six singers: Yesung, Ryeowook, Sungmin, Leeteuk, Donghae, and Kangin. And honestly, if I were to pick six current members for the same task, my list wouldn’t be much different: just swap out Leeteuk for Kyuhyun, and maybe depending on the vocal requirements, Sungmin for Heechul or Eunhyuk. (Eunhyuk has a damn nice falsetto nowadays.)
Speaking of falsetto, this is the first time we’ve heard Leeteuk and Kangin’s, and both of theirs sound pretty good. Kangin in particular displays an effortless-sounding ability to flip between falsetto and head voice, which is not always easy to do without your head voice going flat.
What’s more interesting to me, especially in light of some of their later, more heavily auto-tuned work, is that I’m not confident this one has any auto-tune applied. The reason I can tell is that Sungmin, Donghae, and Kangin have some audible pitchiness issues, and while nobody has any real runs in this song (other than Yesung adlibbing at the end, and even that’s not much), Sungmin and Donghae have a few little flips and trills that seem slurry.
There’s a key change at the end, just as with “Way For Love“, and this one also is not transitioned; the chorus ends, and then there’s a silence, and then everyone is singing a half step up.
“You are the one…. we are the children”