Total Score: 8.40
Sound Quality: 8
Singing Quality: 8
Contextual Fit: 5
Release Date: 05/13/2010
Bonamana contains four songs explicitly performed by soloists or groups other than plain vanilla Super Junior, and here is the first one, a KRY song with a creepy title. (Am I the only one thinking of blood? I think from lyrical context, a better English title would be something like “Freezing” or “Icing Over”, or even just “Hardening”.)
This album led off with two straight electronic songs about hot girls, and the third song is a quiet piano ballad about heartbreak. It’s kind of mood whiplashy. This song is significantly more up Kyuhyun’s alley than the last song, though, and what a song it is.
KRY, particularly R and Y, do an excellent job of emoting on this. They all take turns softly flipping up into their falsettos; Yesung and Ryeowook sound almost near tears, and this introduction is the most understated I’ve ever heard Ryeowook to date. The second verse brings in strings, and the second chorus brings in some very nice bass and a percussion sound that is a little reminiscent of a faraway clock ticking, or water drops, and then it modulates up for the bridge and everything is just so passionate and then in the last moments it all comes crashing back down to earth, and it’s just Ryeowook and a piano left.
Where the hell was any of this intensity in “Bonamana” or “Boom Boom?” How is this song even in the same vicinity? This song is uh, *checks spreadsheet*, the best KRY song to date. How did it end up on the album with a lead single that I gave under a 5? Is this going to be an album where the uptempo dance songs all suck and the ballads are all good? God, that’s backwards.