Sorry, Sorry

Total Score: 9.43


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


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


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

Total Score: 4.80



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

Super Show 1: Part 1 of 5


Follow along!

Hello all! (Yes, I recycled that header image from “Marry U” – it really is a SS1 promo image, but the white suits seemed appropriate for that song/video.) This week, we’re going to cover Super Show 1, the first tour that Super Junior did, stopping in Seoul, Bangkok, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Chengdu, from February 2008 through March 2009. (There’s a huge gap in there – the second half of the tour is the Chinese part and two subunits debuted during the gap. This was only a total of 10 tour dates.)

My copy of Super Show 1 is about 2 hrs 40 minutes long, so I’m going to split it up into 5 chunks of 30-ish minutes and review/commentate across 5 days. It nicely works out this week to be Monday-Friday, though I’m planning on doing all six Super Shows and it’s not likely that’ll happen that way in the future.

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첫눈이 와 (First Snow)

Total Score: 4.00


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

Lyrics Only

SM used to do a lot more of these, but here is the second SMTown Winter album on which Super Junior appeared. Would have said third, but “Show Me Your Love” was actually a standalone single. Aside from Super Junior, the album has the usual suspects: BoA, TVXQ, TSZX, Kangta, etc, but now introducing SNSD! SNSD is not on this track (though they as a group and individually have several songs with SJ members later), but on an SJ-related note, were introduced as the “female Super Junior.” I’m not sure there was actually any parallel aside from SNSD having a lot of members, but they still only had 9 to SJ’s 13. Art is a vast improvement over the previous SMTown Winter album, although I’m pretty sure that’s Hyoyeon down there bottom row, third from the left, between Kyuhyun and Leeteuk, IN PIGTAILS which is weird to see. Also Heechul, fifth from the left on top row, is apparently incapable of pretending to sing without also modeling.  Continue reading

갈증 (A Man In Love) (with bonus remix)

Total Score: 7.60


MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 7
Singing Quality: 7
Contextual Fit: 5

Lyrics Only | Remix Lyrics OnlyLive (lipsynced, remix, SS1 2008)

Release Date: 11/05/2007

Hey, remember when we listened to “Dancing Out” and I went “hey holy crap, this is the first SJ song that actively sounds like a good song?” Here’s the next one! “A Man In Love” was released as one of the four (?) new tracks from the Don’t Don repackage, which had softer, more friendly cover art. Four with a question mark because it sort of depends on how you count it: it’s the “Marry U” remix that is identical to the album original but with new vocals for Shindong and Hangeng, this song, a remix of this (which I’ll discuss briefly here but which I won’t score), and “The Girl Is Mine” (up next). And also, if it was the Japanese edition, it has the Japanese version of “Marry U” tacked on the end. Check out that cover art with KANGIN PECS up there, why don’t ya. Continue reading

거울 (Mirror)

Total Score: 5.60


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

Lyrics Only | Live (goodness, did they do this entire album live on the radio?)

Release Date: 09/20/2007

I don’t know if it’s that I have higher-quality versions of Don’t Don to listen to vs Twins, but it feels like I haven’t had much to complain about lately in terms of production/mixing. But that changes now! Continue reading