Total Score: 6.80
Sound Quality: 5
Singing Quality: 7
Contextual Fit: 5
Release Date: 12/14/2006
Another day, another KRY soundtrack ballad. Are you getting a bit bored of these? Me too. KRY as a unit goes away for about three years after this song, so no worries. On a slightly more interesting level, Kibum actually was in this drama (2006-07’s Snow Flower), so there’s a little bit of extra SJ-ness here. He’s not on the song, though.
Snow Flower is (much to my relief) NOT a romantic comedy – it’s a show about a mother who hid her daughter’s father’s identity from her, and the daughter tosses out her college dreams in order to go find her father, and drama ensues. Kibum plays a friend of the family with a one-sided crush on the daughter. Lyrically, this seems to be about a very final breakup from a once-strong relationship (as in, there is no hope here that she will come back), and keeping the love alive even if it’s by yourself. In that context, I would think that this is the father singing about the mother. If “Stop Walking By” is supposed to be a direct translation of 걸음을 멈추고, I think (from Google Translate, so take with massive scoop of salt) that a clearer one might be “Stop Pacing Around.”
This song lets Kyuhyun attempt near the very beginning a B2, which is I think the lowest note in the melody of a Super Junior song to that point. He hits it, sort of? It’s audibly a B2; it’s just not the clearest or most confident note in the world. Ryeowook nicely hits a D3 and C#3 in his verse, but it’s strange; the note is there but the inherent tone of his voice suits higher notes so much better that comparatively low notes sound weird. Yesung leads off the first chorus with those same notes and they sound much more natural for him. But he has an E4 toward the end of that chorus that doesn’t sound like it was difficult to hit, but he sounds like he’s singing it through a filter; it’s this strange two-tone effect. Kyuhyun has a very, very sweet-sounding falsetto G#4 a moment later on “deo meolli sumeodoooooo“; Yesung replicates that G#4, sounding much more desperate, in the last chorus. Ryeowook sounds tender and understated all the way through. There are harmonies, but I think they were recorded from three rooms away; they’re mixed so low. (What the hell, SM?)
Coming up next – the second Super Junior subunit debuts!