Total Score: 3.20
Sound Quality: 4
Singing Quality: 4
Contextual Fit: 0
I started this post two days ago, immediately after completing a draft for “First Express”, and was so underwhelmed, and so bogged down by “unghh”ness that I just added a featured image and then saved it with a note to come back to it later. So here’s a note to future me: Don’t do that, because it tricks your brain into thinking it’s complete, and you lose motivation to do significant further work on it. And here’s another note, from about 36 hours after that one – don’t think too hard about how underwhelming a thing is, or it’ll be even harder to dig out of it!
I have given it four listens now, on separate dates, and I swear, my brain just slides off this. It’s bad in the sense of being an attention repellent, not bad in the sense of being actively awful to my ears. It’s a Latin-ish sad breakup sort of song (as is obvious by the title), with trumpets and conga drums, that sounds like the Tetris theme. Heechul’s got his mouth closed again, you can tell by the way his “ah” vowels sound more like “uh”s, but if I harp on about that I will be talking about it in literally every song for the next several months, so no point. He and Sungmin and Leeteuk end up sounding a lot alike. Eunhyuk and Shindong’s raps are probably the best part of the song, just for internal rhyme’s sake. And at the same time, I have a hard time just throwing a bunch of 1’s on this and calling it a day (though it definitely gets a 1 for contextual fit because this in no way sounds like a sadsack breakup song), because it doesn’t want me to shut it off because it’s embarrassing and painful to listen to. It’s something I can easily ignore, though, which, as the third track from a subunit that didn’t do much else after this single, is probably not that big of a deal.
I will say, though, that this and “First Express” are massive letdowns after “Rokkugo”, which I will admit is not the greatest song in the universe but has energy and charisma rocketing out of it, and these two not so much.
So, if you don’t like trot, don’t worry, because Super Junior-T did not do any other songs until 2015, unless you count the one song that came out in 2010 that I don’t think was actively credited to SJ-T, but sounds very old and traditional and has this same set of dudes so it might as well be. But still, that’s just the one song.
Coming up in the next week or so: the first SJ member solo song (that is not just featured on someone else’s song), some OST and SMTown stuff, Super Junior’s film debut, and then their second album!