What If

Total Score: 5.20

whatif

pic is the wrong people, but i’m running out of care about this album

MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 5
Singing Quality: 4
Contextual Fit: 4

Lyrics Only | Live

Release Date: 03/12/2009

This is “Super Junior (Main)” but just barely; it’s KRY plus Sungmin. It’s not as sonically torn as “Reset” was, but it’s pretty underwhelming, and LIKE “Reset”, it features bad ad-libbing and bad production: the vocals are not mixed evenly with the music or even with each other, as evidenced by random ad-libs popping in like shouts. And I’m not sure why a four-person song like this was necessary given how Hangeng hasn’t featured on any songs on the album so far, and Heechul and Kibum were intentionally missing, and there was ALREADY a KRY song here. Continue reading

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Reset

Total Score: 4.40

reset

lined up by age, in case you were curious (same as my main site header)

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

Lyrics Only | Live (not good, as usual – most of everyone aside from KRY is out of tune)

Well, ok – Shindong finally showed up, on the fifth song of the album. Still no sign of the mysteriously absent Hangeng, though. (Maybe he was busy in China? Not trying to be flip.) Continue reading

Monster

Total Score: 6.40

monster

MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 6
Singing Quality: 6
Contextual Fit: 4

Lyrics Only | (SJ never did this live? EVER? Boo.)

“Monster” has multiple sections that are very sensual/sexy-sounding and Kyuhyun doesn’t get any of them. Grrrr. Unrelatedly, I need to quit listening to SJ songs for review while I have my music library on random because something not-SJ and way mood-breaking always comes up immediately. Extra extra unrelatedly, SHINDONG HAS GONE THE WAY OF TWINS APPARENTLY BECAUSE WHERE THE HELL IS HE?? Continue reading

앤젤라 (Angela)

Total Score: 5.20

angela

MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 5
Singing Quality: 5
Contextual Fit: 3

Lyrics Only | Live (from Super Show 2 (but Japanese, I’m not reviewing that one)) (HANGENG HAS BLONDE HAIR AGAIN GRRR)

Well, ok. Nine singers, including Eunhyuk. Improvement, I guess? Still short – Don’t Don felt like it did a decent job of trying to include everyone, and I know Kibum and Heechul were AWOL for most of this but still, there were technically 13 dudes here. Eunhyuk’s singing, though – we haven’t had a single rap yet and we’re four songs in. Continue reading

마주치지 말자 (Let’s Not…)

Total Score: 5.60

letsnot

yarrr there be no 2009-era KRY pics that I can be findin so I be usin this 2006 one instead yarrr.

MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 5
Singing Quality: 6
Contextual Fit: 3

Lyrics OnlyLive (from 2010) (stop it yesung)

Release Date: 03/12/2009

It’s funny – there were a series of KRY OST releases in 2006, and when we got to those, on the last one I said something about “are you getting tired of competent ballads? Me too, luckily there won’t be any more KRY songs for a while.” Well, here we are – I started this project 1/1/2017 with a 2005 song, and it’s now March 2017 and we’re up to 2009 songs already. It feels sort of absurd to already be up to the Sorry, Sorry album. At the same time, we haven’t even gotten to all of the SJ subunits yet, and one of them in particular was WAY more prolific in 2014-2015 than I realized at the time. Anyway, popping up here on a main Super Junior album is a KRY song. Is it a ballad again? Do you really need to ask? Continue reading

니가 좋은 이유 (Why I Like You)

Total Score: 6.40

whyilikeyou

two of these dudes do not sing on this song but wevs

MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 7
Singing Quality: 7
Contextual Fit: 2

Lyrics Only | Live (not overall good BUT DONGHAE IN GLASSES)

Release Date: 03/12/2009

I was really looking forward to getting into the Sorry, Sorry album, given that the Don’t Don album was so surprisingly good, at least on the front end where (I think) the newer songs were. This is a good start! Continue reading

Sorry, Sorry

Total Score: 9.43

SorrySorry

MV: 10
Sound Quality: 8
Singing Quality: 8
Contextual Fit: 5

MV | MV (dance ver.)

Release Date: 03/09/2009

Sorry sorry sorry sorry
Naega naega naega meonjeo
Nege nege nege bbajyeo
Bbajyeo bbajyeo beoryeo baby

sorrysorry-classic

do you hear it? i can hear it

And here it is: the biggest song Super Junior ever had. Many, many other kpop groups have covered this. It has famous hooks. It has a famous dance. It sold ten bajillion copies. If you are a non-kpop fan who has heard of Super Junior, it was probably this song. Allegedly, if you know a kpop song other than “Gangnam Style,” it’s probably this song. (I think that may have been more true a few years back than now, but still.) No, it is not all downhill from here.

This is the song and album where Super Junior moved into heavily-autotuned electropop, and they stayed there for years; the autotune wore off after the fourth album, but they were still doing what I’d consider to be electropop singles all the way up through their sixth. Continue reading

青春梦想 (Youth Dreams)

Total Score: 5.71

youthdreams

MV: 5
Sound Quality: 5
Singing Quality: 5
Contextual Fit: 5

MV (low quality)

Release Date: 01/26/2009

What? What is this? A Hangeng solo song! With an MV, no less! Granted, it’s an MV in the same way that “The One I Love” has an MV, but it DOES have Hangeng in it so I’ll count it. “Youth Dreams” (or “Dreams of Youth” as I’ve also seen it) was released in conjunction with his C-drama, 青春舞臺 Youth Stage. Haven’t done a huge amount of googling into what that was about, but from the video, looks like Hangeng essentially played “someone resembling himself”, who goes through extensive training in his home town in order to become a pop star. Lots of dramatic head turns, exercising, sweating, etc.  Continue reading

明日のために (For Tomorrow)

Total Score: 6.80

fortomorrow

MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 7
Singing Quality: 6
Contextual Fit: 4

Audio Only

Release Date: 11/05/2008

Remember “Rokkugo?” Of course you do. In late 2008, SJ-T re-recorded “Rokkugo” in Japanese, with help of female comedic duo Moeyan. It’s not a good cover and not a good video. Anyway, released alongside it was this duet (trio?) between Sungmin and Moeyan, which is not anything resembling trot, but which is sweet and gentle and nice. Continue reading

Don’t Walk Away (with Hong Ji Min, Kim Sungki, and Park Jinwoo)

Total Score: 4.80

dontwalkaway

 

MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 5
Singing Quality: 3 (again, Heechul only)
Contextual Fit: 4

Lyrics Only

Release Date: 10/15/2008

I almost forgot to write this! D: This is what I was afraid of: that my ADHD would let this get away from me. I have about 2 hrs left before I technically missed a day, so WRITING NOW. Also, WordPress seems to have changed their writing site in the last few days and now everything is backwards, and that’s weird. Onward to Heechul’s contribution from the Xanadu soundtrack! Continue reading