Smile!

Total Score: 3.60

smile

MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 4
Singing Quality: 3
Contextual Fit: 2

Korean Audio Only | English Lyrics (to follow along – this one was pretty scarce)

Release Date: 11/08/2005

Well, if you thought “Dancing Out” might have been part of a trend of new improved Super Junior songs, or if you even thought that SM could keep the “summer” theme going for a full album, come be disappointed with me, because “Smile!”, despite its exclamation point, returns back to the same old boring filler love songs with dubious lyrics.

Few enough people sing on this that I think the idea was that it’d be like “You Are The One” – they’d just pick the six best singers and let them do a nice love song together. I see Leeteuk got booted for Kyuhyun. Nobody sounds particularly impressive here; Kyuhyun sounds inexplicably like he’s having trouble supporting a G3, and both Kangin and Sungmin get stuck with a nasty chord change going into a pre-chorus that makes them both immediately sound out of tune. (Why did SM have so much trouble with key changes/chord patterns that made sense?) Sungmin IS out of tune, actually – there are a lot of half-tone moves in that vocal line and he’s not clearly separating them apart, and whatever note he’s singing on “woryoil achim gateun seolleim” is grody. There’s hardly any harmony, except on small parts of the chorus, and in all of them Ryeowook is mixed the loudest for some reason; otherwise everybody just takes turns singing. The actual sound of the song reminds me strangely of some sort of Japanese shopping game for DS. I have never actually played any shopping games on DS, but it’s that noodley “electronic bleep bloop” sound wiggling around in the background. But anyway, unless “shopping in Japan” is some sort of cultural summer custom in South Korea (not likely), this fails the summer test.

And as far as dubious lyrics go, “Smile!” spends the verses talking about how lovely their girl is and they love her so much and blah blah, and then the CHORUS, sung by Yesung, with the dubious line in question repeated by Ryeowook again at the end, goes all Grumpy Old Men and says “No matter who I’m with, I’m more comfortable when I’m alone, but today it’d be nice to hang out.” How does this jibe with the lovey-dovey verses? What girl of sound mind would see “I hate people” at the end of a paragraph of pink hearts and not hear at least a faint dinging of alarm bells? What tropes is this crap regurgitating?

Ugghghgh. Can we all just go listen to “Dancing Out” again?

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