Super Junior – DEVIL

July 22, 2015 at 4:57 PM | Posted in Super Junior | 1 Comment

ALBUM REVIEW
Super Junior – DEVIL

1. DEVIL
2. Simply Beautiful
3. Byeori Ttunda (Stars Appear…)
4. Good Love
5. We Can
6. Don’t Wake Me Up
7. Cheotnune Banhaetseupnida (Love at First Sight)
8. Maecheon (Forever with You)
9. Rock’n Shine!
10. Alright

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DEVIL is a special album by Korean boy group Super Junior, released on July 16, 2015 for their 10th anniversary. This review was requested by SHINee_Girl.

Wow, DEVIL is one catchy way to open an album. By the album cover I wasn’t expecting this song to sound so poppy and uplifting with its guitar-driven melodies. I really don’t know who is who in SUJU but the vocals sound very good (although a little too high pitched in the chorus, but I’m willing to look past that because this sounds so infectuous).

That amazing opening tune is followed by the more mellow midtempo R&B song Simply Beautiful. It has some catchy hooks and lyrics in the chorus that make it more memorable and the SUJU boys’ crooning sounds very good for the overall ambience of the song.

Byeori Tteunda (Stars Appear) is the first ballad on the album and I praise this song for its beautiful piano opening and guitar picking up the melody afterwards. It does have that sound that reminds you of starry skies in some way. There is this soft rock sound to it and it’s the perfect song for them to thank the people who have stood by them for the past 10 years.

Ooh, naughty SUJU. In Good Love they tell their girl to ‘just relax and think of them tonight’. It’s another track with a central role for guitar melodies, but in a funkier way. Somehow I agree they channeled their inner Prince for this one (high vocals and stuff) but they did it very well.

A friendship song, how sweet! We Can features vocals by Kyuhyun, Ryeowook and Yesung (subunit Super Junior K.R.Y.) and their emotional contributions probably have tears welling up in your eyes. It’s the second ballad on the album but it has such a different quality than Byeori Ttunda, I think I might even like this one a bit better because it’s so grand and unique.

For the next track they chose subunit SUPER JUNIOR DONGHAE + EUNHYUK. Don’t Wake Me Up is quite a sweet song with good singing by Donghae and raps by Eunhyuk to spice things up. The midtempo soft rock sound (again guitar-driven) is quite good and makes for a nice addition on the album.

Cheotnune Banhaetseupnida (Love at First Sight) is the surprise on the album with its funky retro sound. Super Junior T (Eunhyuk, Heechul, Kangin, Leeteuk, Shindong and Sungmin) delivered some solid performances for this and I like the humorous lyrics: ‘A guy who is prettier than a girl, that’s me‘ xD  (Thanks YouTube translated videos!)

Next is Super Junior M, the Mandopop subunit, with Maecheon (Forever with You). It’s so nice to see one Chinese song here, it makes clear that there’s room for the true input of every subunit on this album. It’s a nice disco/retro song, a style I haven’t heard on the album yet and I enjoy it very much even though I’m not used to Chinese.

Rock’n Shine! completely blew me away and I think this is by far the most energetic and original song on the entire album. This powerful track features all the members and they really stand their ground singing this blazing rock song. It perfectly shows off their vocal talents too.

Alright sounds slightly reggae inspired, which is funny enough for me to like it already. Even funnier is the verse that is a spin on the member’s names! Donghae’s collab with Team One Sound for the composition works out very well and all the vocals are flawless again. Very catchy tune and a nice way to close the album.

Super Junior isn’t among my regular artists, but for this request I made an exception. I must say I really like this album since it offers something for everyone with its many many styles. I wonder what true E.L.F.s think of this album, but I say they’ve done a great job!

Oh, and I want to thank Internet for not letting me down xD  Otherwise I wouldn’t have known the subunits or even the names of the individual members! o.O

Favorite songs: DEVIL | Byeori Tteunda (Stars Appear) | We Can | Cheotnune Banhaetseupnida (Love at First Sight) | Maecheon (Forever with You) | Rock’n Shine! | Alright

OVERALL RATING
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4½ stars

Super Junior – MAMACITA

December 24, 2014 at 1:36 PM | Posted in Super Junior | 1 Comment

ALBUM REVIEW
Super Junior – MAMACITA

1. MAMACITA (AYAYA)
2. Chumeul Chunda (Midnight Blues)
3. Baegilmong (Evanesce)
4. Saranghi Meotji Anghe (Raining Spell for Love)
5. Shirt
6. THIS IS LOVE
7. Let’s Dance
8. Too Many Beautiful Girls
9. Hwanjeolgi (Mid-season)
10. Islands

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MAMACITA is the seventh Korean album by South-Korean group Super Junior, released on September 1, 2014. The album was later repackaged as THIS IS LOVE.

This album was requested by one of my friends, let’s see if I will like it as much as you do!

My friend has already shown me the MV for MAMACITA (AYAYA), I thought it was the craziest! Luckily the song itsself is amazing and it’s so catchy it got stuck in my head for weeks after only one listen! I was instantly blown away by Siwon and Kyuhyun opening the song, and Eunhyuk’s rap is an amazing addition to it. This was so catchy I think I’ll put it on repeat O:)

Now I’m using the color coded videos on YouTube to get more familiar with who is who in Super Junior, little fun fact. Chumeul Chunda (Midnight Blues) is a more laid back song after the catchy opening track and the guys sound wonderful together in the chorus. There are some really good singers in the group and here Donghae really stood out for me. I love the midtempo approach with the synths as major instrument here while there’s still a soft and relaxed ambience.

Baegilmong (Evanesce) takes a more pop/R&B approach while also a midtempo track. It’s more on the sad side when it comes to the lyrics and the guys captured it perfectly. Guys like Donghae and Kyuhyun have the perfect sound for songs like this, while Kangin was just too loud and in your face. Other than that, everyone together in the chorus made it close to perfection.

I was longing for something a bit more uptempo now, and Saranghi Meotji Anhge (Raining Spell For Love) is a quite lovely and bouncy track to fulfill my wish. It’s not really uptempo, but it has a bit more sass than the previous two tracks. I love the piano tune playing throughout the song and the little rap section opening the second verse, different than expected. I quite enjoyed this!

Sounds like Suju is getting quirky with Shirt, talking about different! This track is filled with horns and good beats while the guys hit it with some fierce vocals, it all fits very well together and I don’t even mind the ‘shirt sh-shirt shirt‘ chanting, which almost makes it a little too weird. Still, I can’t imagine myself sitting still to this one.

I was almost scared THIS IS LOVE was gonna be another ballad or other type of slow song, judging from the opening, but in the end it turns out this is more a midtempo song with a twist. It reminded me a bit of BoA’s song (with almost the same name) ‘This Is Love’, it has about the same funky influence in the music.

Let’s Dance is as infectuous as the title sounds, continuing the funky influences the previous song had by the inclusion of the guitars leading the arrangement. As the song develops it does seem to take on a more electropop sound too, I love the diversion here.

OMG is Suju going all One Direction on us? At least, that’s just what Too Many Beautiful Girls reminds me of, especially the chorus sounds so much like that famous 1D song in all its summer-ish splendor. Not that it’s a bad thing, I know some of you may not like the comparison but I mean it in a good way. This song is catchy and just pure fluffy, fun!

Hwanjeolgi (Mid-season) is the next summer track that seems almost 80s inspired with the use of the synths and keyboards in the background. The paradox to this song is the uplifting and breezy music in contrast with the depressing lyrics, but oh well… Nice rap too, overall not badly done.

Closing the album, Islands was written by Donghae to express the group’s friendship, I believe. It’s that kind of pensive ballad you would expect near the end of the album, especially with a title like that. There is some really good vocal work here and they picked exactly the right guys to take centre stage here, lighter vocals fit this song best. The soft percussion and strings joining the piano later really let the song take off, lots of love for this one.

This was my first Super Junior album and the title track hauled me over. I must say I was scared the rest of the album was going to be full of filler tracks, but that didn’t happen at all. There are definitely some gems here and I’m sure many Suju fans love this album. I won’t call myself an instant fan, but I guess I will have a lot at some of their other albums as well. Good stuff!

Favorite tracks: MAMACITA (AYAYA) | Saranghi Meotji Anghe (Raining Spell For Love) | Too Many Beautiful Girls | Hwanjeolgi (Mid-season) | Islands

OVERALL RATING
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4 stars

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