나란 사람 (Your Eyes)

Total Score: 6.00

youreyes

TOTALLY not the mood of this song

MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 5
Singing Quality: 7
Contextual Fit: 3

Lyrics Only

Release Date: 05/13/2010

Not sure I agree with this track ordering. Two electronic dance songs followed by two KRY ballads? (Or well, a KRY and a KY?) It would have been significantly more interesting if this was at least mid-tempo but then, this is a Kyuhyun and Yesung duet; there’s virtually no way that would have happened. Continue reading

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응결 (Coagulation)

Total Score: 8.40

coagulation

MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 8
Singing Quality: 8
Contextual Fit: 5

Lyrics Only | Live (from 2012, really live, and good, and hilariously Ryeowook’s sheet music is not what he is actually playing, it’s some significantly more complicated thing)

Release Date: 05/13/2010

Bonamana contains four songs explicitly performed by soloists or groups other than plain vanilla Super Junior, and here is the first one, a KRY song with a creepy title. (Am I the only one thinking of blood? I think from lyrical context, a better English title would be something like “Freezing” or “Icing Over”, or even just “Hardening”.) Continue reading

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

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

bonamana-skating

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

너 아니면 안돼 (It Has To Be You)

Total Score: 6.40

ithastobeyou

“man.. why can’t i just learn good vocal technique”

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

Lyrics Only

Release Date: 04/15/2010

Two more OST songs, and then we’re on to the next SJ album. This is Yesung’s contribution to the OST for Cinderella’s Sister, which is a drama that is vaguely Cinderella-y, in the sense that there’s an evil gold-digging mother, but it ends up being mostly about love triangle(s) between the tough, cold protagonist and her spoiled, naive stepsister. Continue reading

북문의 덫 (The Trap of North Gate)

Total Score: 4.80

trapatnorthgate

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

MV (copy of original with English subs – could not find original) | Video of actual musical | Lyrics Only

Release Date: 09/23/2009

Not to be outdone by a bunch of nerds, Yesung spent fall 2009 participating in a musical called 남한산성 Namhansansung, which appears to be the name of a real-life mountain fortress city, and the musical I am guessing is about the history of the place. Just look at that astoundingly historical song title. Continue reading

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

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

Total Score: 5.14

 

seaside

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