나쁜 여자 (Boom Boom)

Total Score: 5.60

boomboom

heechul you dweeb

Lyrics Only

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

Release Date: 05/13/2010

“Boom Boom”, the second song on the Bonamana album, is again, “God she’s so hot, I’m so obsessed, maybe I shouldn’t be? But ughhh so hoooooot.” Super Junior seems to be less inspired-sounding when they are singing about how hot girls are; they do better with love songs. Also isn’t this the exact same premise of “Bonamana“, which is directly before this on the album, other than with added doubt in it? Continue reading

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BONAMANA (미인아)

Total Score: 4.86

bonamana

we are soooo coooooool

MV: 5
Sound Quality: 4
Singing Quality: 5 (it’s so damn processed I don’t even know how to score this)
Contextual Fit: 3

MV | Lyrics OnlyLive (really live and baaaaad)

Release Date: 05/10/2010

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obviously obviously obviously

“Bonamana” is the lead single on Super Junior’s fourth album, also called Bonamana, and is pretty obviously meant to be as much of a repeat as “Sorry, Sorry” as they could possibly wring out of it. It doesn’t hit the spot nearly as much. Continue reading

초별 (First Star)

Total Score: 4.80

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maybe it’s just the makeup but gosh he looks exhausted 😦

MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 4
Singing Quality: 3
Contextual Fit: 5

Lyrics Only

Release Date: 11/06/2009

There is a girl on this, singing backing vocals. A fan video or two indicates it might be Jessica Jung. But I can’t find her credited in anything more official, and it never really progresses to anything more than backing vocals, so I’m not super sure it’s her. So, not tagging her for the moment. Anyway! This is from the OST for TV drama Loving You a Thousand Times, which has a very complicated plot in which a couple is unable to have kids, so they enlist a surrogate mother, who then falls in love with the father’s brother. Heechul plays a supporting character named Lee Chul (really?) who is related in some way to the genetic mother. Continue reading

Super Show 2: Part 5 of 5

Live(?)blogging the entirety of Super Show 2, in 40-ish-minute chunks! Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 are here, and you can follow along here. This entire last segment is encores; Part 4 ended with the original/first ending, and everyone running off stage yelling thank-yous.

As a side note, I’m watching New Journey to the West seasons 3 and 4, starring Kyuhyun (and Kang Hodong and Lee Soogeun, and Eun Jiwon, and Song Minho and Ahn Jaehyun if you are into that kind of thing), and it is very good and if you have time you should also watch it. It has a brief Heechul cameo too. (On the downside, I’m watching that instead of doing this, but nyehhh.) Continue reading

Super Show 2 Part 3 of 5

Live(?)blogging the entirety of Super Show 2, in 40-ish-minute chunks! Parts 1 and 2 are here, and you can follow along here.

Before I get started, is it just me or is this show missing some heart so far? It’s definitely more fanservicey than the first Super Show, what with all the humping and fans’-hand-kissing and stuff, but it feels like the only parts they are actually having any fun with are the parts where they get to run around the stage like lunatics, and that’s because they’re mostly just messing around with each other. We’re close to halfway through, so I hope this improves.

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Super Show 2: Part 1 of 5

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Follow along!

Super Show 2 ran from July 17, 2009 to April 10, 2010, stopping in Seoul, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok, Nanjing, Beijing, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, and Manila. Kangin was suspended after the Hong Kong show due to having been involved in a bar fight, but it was eventually determined that he had only fought out of self-defense. And then a month after the bar fight, Kangin got a DUI, so SM decided to go ahead and have him do his military service. Presumably if not for the DUI, Leeteuk or Heechul would have gone first since they are oldest. Kangin ended up missing two entire albums/promotional cycles over it, and due to another DUI, he will be missing the upcoming Super Junior 2017 album, but that is not actually released yet as of the time of this writing. (Can they just send him to the military again?)

The Youtube linked above, and my copy, are both the Seoul version, so Kangin is there. Kibum is bizarrely in the promo images for this, and I will be very surprised if he appears in any format other than pre-recorded video interludes. Also, unlike the Youtube, my version is split into two pieces, so my times may be a little weird. Sorry! 😦

So let’s get started! Continue reading

첫번째 이야기 (Love U More)

Total Score: 6.40

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here is ANOTHER 2009 fashion promo pic with weird faces

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

Lyrics Only

Release Date: 05/11/2009

I have a theory, that at least up until this point, main album songs (ie songs issued on the first release of an album) were recorded sporadically and/or were leftover songs, as opposed to being songs intended for a specified album release. And the reissue songs were recorded in a recent session, specifically for the reissue. Most of Don’t Don for instance, I suspect was recorded in 2006, when they thought it would be U, and then Kyuhyun got injured and everyone got busy with various projects and it got postponed. I feel like something similar may have happened with Sorry, Sorry, because a good 2/3 of the songs on that album are bad (and feature weaker voices than in the “newer” sounding songs), and also all of the new songs on the re-release are better than anything on the initial release. A strong piece of evidence for this is that Heechul has two lines on this song (off the top of my head, I don’t think he has any on the entire initial release of this album other than in the single), and he’s not singing with his mouth closed. He even has a sweet little falsetto flip. A sign of better days, perhaps. Continue reading

너라고 (It’s You)

Total Score: 9.14

itsyou

kyuhyun does not do this in the video and i hate that he EVER did it

MV: 8
Sound Quality: 9
Singing Quality: 8
Contextual Fit: 5

MV | Dance ver. | Live (really live, and not good. but features ryeowook in cute glasses and eunhyuk inexplicably doing sexy hump dance???)

Release Date: 05/11/2009

itsyou-sadfaces

we are sad pandas today

“It’s You” is the first Super Junior song that makes literally everyone in it sound good, without processing the hell out of their voices. It lets Eunhyuk and Shindong sing. Heechul, who is still in “I hate everything” mode and is only in the last third of the dance video (again), gets possibly the most heartrending note of the entire song. Super Junior does a better job of trying to blend their voices than in probably any other song prior to this. There is so much heart and effort here; it is mindblowing when you compare this to the bullshit that was on the Sorry, Sorry album only two months earlier. This is the single from the Sorry, Sorry reissue, along with three other new songs, one of which I know is at least decent. Continue reading