첫차 (First Express) (with Bang Silyi)

Total Score: 4.40

firstexpress

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

Lyrics Only | Live with Tae Jin-ah

Release Date: 2/23/2007

The first B-side from the “Rokkugo” single is this much more recognizably trot song, wrapping up in a brisk 2:24 and featuring trot veteran Bang Silyi. It’s a much more serious song lyrically, and Super Junior performs it more seriously, and that’s probably a large part of why I don’t like it as much.

Bang Silyi, at least on this track, has one of those slow, very sine-wavey vibratos that it seems like a lot of Southeast Asian female singers of a certain age have. She sings simultaneously with both Kangin and Heechul, and she does a little vocal flip (it’s not a trill or mordent, I am blanking on what the actual term is) that neither of them is able to rhythmically follow, so it sounds messy. Heechul mostly has his mouth closed on the first verse (and you can see it in the live video). He sounds much more open on his second solo and that’s probably because it’s higher-pitched and it’s harder for him to hit the notes without more lung applied. Which says that the closed-mouth thing is an intentional stylistic choice. It drives me nuts to listen to it, though this specific “has to open mouth to hit higher notes” requirement works very well for dramatic effect in a few other songs. And he quit doing it, eventually (though it’s a long time from this song), so at least there’s that.

Sungmin and Leeteuk both sound… fine? Nothing particularly awful or amazing to report. Eunhyuk and Shindong’s rap fits with the instrumentational backing but sounds completely out of place alongside this melody and Bang Silyi’s more traditional-sounding vocals. Super Junior’s pop vocals in general sound out of place with Bang Silyi; this could have just been her song and it would have worked much better. And the horns sound super cheap.

I strongly suspect that my general :/ about this song has to do with trot not holding any cultural significance for me as a Westerner.

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