What If

Total Score: 5.20

whatif

pic is the wrong people, but i’m running out of care about this album

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

Lyrics Only | Live

Release Date: 03/12/2009

This is “Super Junior (Main)” but just barely; it’s KRY plus Sungmin. It’s not as sonically torn as “Reset” was, but it’s pretty underwhelming, and LIKE “Reset”, it features bad ad-libbing and bad production: the vocals are not mixed evenly with the music or even with each other, as evidenced by random ad-libs popping in like shouts. And I’m not sure why a four-person song like this was necessary given how Hangeng hasn’t featured on any songs on the album so far, and Heechul and Kibum were intentionally missing, and there was ALREADY a KRY song here. Continue reading

Reset

Total Score: 4.40

reset

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

앤젤라 (Angela)

Total Score: 5.20

angela

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

Lyrics Only | Live (from Super Show 2 (but Japanese, I’m not reviewing that one)) (HANGENG HAS BLONDE HAIR AGAIN GRRR)

Well, ok. Nine singers, including Eunhyuk. Improvement, I guess? Still short – Don’t Don felt like it did a decent job of trying to include everyone, and I know Kibum and Heechul were AWOL for most of this but still, there were technically 13 dudes here. Eunhyuk’s singing, though – we haven’t had a single rap yet and we’re four songs in. Continue reading

니가 좋은 이유 (Why I Like You)

Total Score: 6.40

whyilikeyou

two of these dudes do not sing on this song but wevs

MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 7
Singing Quality: 7
Contextual Fit: 2

Lyrics Only | Live (not overall good BUT DONGHAE IN GLASSES)

Release Date: 03/12/2009

I was really looking forward to getting into the Sorry, Sorry album, given that the Don’t Don album was so surprisingly good, at least on the front end where (I think) the newer songs were. This is a good start! Continue reading

Sorry, Sorry

Total Score: 9.43

SorrySorry

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

sorrysorry-classic

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

明日のために (For Tomorrow)

Total Score: 6.80

fortomorrow

MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 7
Singing Quality: 6
Contextual Fit: 4

Audio Only

Release Date: 11/05/2008

Remember “Rokkugo?” Of course you do. In late 2008, SJ-T re-recorded “Rokkugo” in Japanese, with help of female comedic duo Moeyan. It’s not a good cover and not a good video. Anyway, released alongside it was this duet (trio?) between Sungmin and Moeyan, which is not anything resembling trot, but which is sweet and gentle and nice. Continue reading

둘이 (You & I)

Total Score: 6.40

youi

 

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

cookingcooking

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

MV

Release Date: 05/05/2008

cookingcooking-noyes

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