Total Score: 4.40


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

둘이 (You & I)

Total Score: 6.40



MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 6
Singing Quality: 4
Contextual Fit: 5

Lyrics Only

Release Date: 05/05/2008

Oh hey it’s this song! I didn’t realize what song this was going to be, or even that this song was an SJ-Happy song; I just knew it as “the song that they taught the dance to the audience in one of the Super Shows, and it’s ‘ooo-eeeee, da da da da da ooo-eeee'”, haha. OK, so on “Cooking? Cooking!” when I said one of the non-single songs on this EP was a tour standard, I actually DIDN’T mean this one.  Continue reading

요리왕 (Cooking? Cooking!)

Total Score: 7.14


MV: 7
Sound Quality: 7
Singing Quality: 6
Contextual Fit: 5


Release Date: 05/05/2008


Ileohge maseobseodo– (aniji!) Ileohge masisseodo– (geuleoji!)

Right on the heels of Super Junior-M’s debut album is Super Junior Happy’s debut (and only) EP, Cooking? Cooking! While Super Junior Happy only put out five songs ever–even SJ-T had a few songs later–two of them got music videos, and a third song became a tour standard. Super Junior Happy consists of Leeteuk, Kangin, Eunhyuk, Yesung, Sungmin, and Shindong. (So, assuming that SJ-M and SJ-Happy were recording at roughly the same time, since their debuts were a month apart, that means that Heechul and Kibum are the only two who didn’t participate in any of this. I’ll assume it’s because ACTING!) The entire premise of Super Junior Happy is CUTE AND BOUNCY AND HAPPY. If you missed Silly Super Junior, it’s back with a vengeance! And luckily for me, unlike the “Me” album, there were a CRAPTON of promo photos from this group! Continue reading

Super Show 1: Part 1 of 5


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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