Total Score: 5.60
Sound Quality: 6
Singing Quality: 5
Contextual Fit: 3
Release Date: 12/12/2006
Aside from gracing SMTown’s 2006 winter album with its presence (ok it’s not that good), this also appeared a little bit later on the soundtrack for k-drama Billie Jean, Look At Me, which appears to be the story of a former stalker resuscitating the career of the singer whose life she ruined with her stalkeriness. So here’s the question: in terms of release date, this came out on the SMTown album before it came out on the OST. But which one was it actually written for? The answer to that affects my opinion on this song and the score on “Contextual Fit” above – I chose to give it a 3 for bet-hedging purposes.
Let’s first assume this was written for the SMTown winter album. In that case, this does not seem particularly wintery; there’s a single lyrical reference to winter in it, and no auditory signifiers of snow or holidays, like bells. The melody in the bridge on “yejeon geudaeui hyanggi gadeughan” takes Kyuhyun from a G#4 back down to a C#4, rather than upward to an A4, resulting in a feeling of intentional restraint. Just moments later though, on “jigeumdo”, he does go up to an A4, and then to a B4, which rolls over into falsetto, and I’m not sure whether he did that because he couldn’t belt a B4, or if it was an intentional choice to sound more gentle. But if he was trying to sound gentle, that gets wiped out immediately by Ryeowook over-emoting on “dan hanbeonman… naege siganeul jwoyooooo“. Yesung tries to outdo both of them near the end on a belted C#5 that sounds very strained. There isn’t much in the way of gorgeous harmonies here like in “The One I Love”, but at the same time I can see how this could appeal to teenage girls: the three pop idols with the beautiful voices begging the girls to give them a chance, just a second of their time and just a pinch of their love.
But that lyrical sentiment is why I get rather icked out if this was written for Billie Jean, Look At Me. I have a very, very hard time with the plot summary of this show. If the plot is that a girl stalked an singer and ruined his career, and then eight years later revives his career in order to make it up to him, and this all becomes a romantic comedy somehow, which way does this song go? If it’s from her to him, it’s blatantly a stalker song. If it’s from him to her, it’s a Stockholm syndrome song. Unless he’s the most generous, kindest person in the world (and maybe he’s written that way), or unless the stalking and career destruction incident has caused mental trauma (more realistic), I don’t see any way in which he would beg for her attention. And of course, none of that is anyone in Super Junior’s fault, but it adds a thick layer of gross over the whole thing. (“But Editor Lady,” the hypothetical reader protests, “you are being too hard on this show, and you haven’t even watched it.” To which I say, nyeh.)