카니발 (Carnival)

Total Score: 6.40

carnival

you remember this part, right?

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

Lyrics Only

Release Date: 08/14/2009

Hey neat, it’s the song from SS2 that was not actually released until a month later! Hey neat, it also makes more sense now why they did it early; it’s not an original song. It’s actually a cover of a Dutch song from 2005. So in that regard, it’s not as weird, I guess. Also semi-surprising that again, everyone’s on this other than Heechul (and TVXQ and SHINee, lol). Continue reading

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Seaside 휴게소 (Boom Boom) (with TVXQ and SHINee)

Total Score: 5.14

 

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why does this remind me of a delia’s catalog?

MV: 3
Sound Quality: 4
Singing Quality: 6
Contextual Fit: 5

MV | Lyrics Only

Release Date: 08/14/2009

Now that Super Show 2 is a wrap, let’s move on down (… TO THE BASEMENT) to the next song in the SJ repertoire, which is the song they did with EVERYBODY MALE IN THE SM CATALOG AT THAT TIME OTHER THAN KANGTA APPARENTLY. Good lord. This is from 2009 Summer SMTown – We Are Shining, which is one of the last SMTown seasonal compilations that SM did. Also, to be honest, the cover art isn’t that bad given some other SMtown compilation art we’ve seen. Interesting that a summer compilation came out so late in the summer. Literally everyone in TVXQ, SHINee, and Super Junior gets at least one solo line on this song (aside from Heechul for obvious reasons), which is nuts given that the song is only 3:10. 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

그녀는 위험해 (She Wants It)

Total Score: 7.20

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yaaas

MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 7
Singing Quality: 6
Contextual Fit: 5

Lyrics Only

Release Date: 05/11/2009

I am pretty sure I have seen Super Junior performing “A Man In Love” and “She Wants It” back to back in one Super Show or another, and it makes sense – they are damn near the same song thematically, just “She Wants It” is more swaggery and features a clavinet sound. “A Man In Love” just edges “She Wants It” out because “She Wants It” gets too repetitive at the end. Continue reading

너라고 (It’s You)

Total Score: 9.14

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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

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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