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To start off, this is a solid song from start to finish the more I listen to it. Even without one of their main vocals, Yesung, Kyuhyun did enough ad-libs to lace the song with some smooth vocal work. People have been mentioning that there is something from the song missing and I believe it is Yesung. He has one of those main, distinctive voices in all of Super Junior’s songs (minus Super Junior-M or Super Junior-T). Back to the song, I think we can all agree the chorus brings Super Junior back to its Sorry Sorry days where the chorus is repetitive and highly addicting. After one listen, I was singing it while I was making myself lunch, working, and driving! I can’t comment on their pronunciation of MAMACITA because I’m not knowledgeable in Spanish but I was pleased that Shindong’s pronunciation of “Close your lips. Shut your tongue.” came out nicely although it shot at me out of nowhere to the point where I almost gained Shi-brows. I also completely mistook “You ain’t got no chance.” as “buenas noches” which surprised me upon hearing that it was indeed not “buenas noches”.
I want to start off by saying- I undoubtedly loved the main dance for this piece. It is simple yet eye-catching as they bop their heads and later “twirl spaghetti” as it is coined on SNS. Honestly, I believe the video didn’t do the dancing cuts much justice as I watched them on Music Bank later. It cut to them at some slower parts in the choreography and missed some of the best moves like towards the end when they were “looking through telescopes”. The dance at the beginning had an overall old-time tango feel to it whereas other parts of the choreography in the middle had a SPY feel to it. It also has some Spanish feels to some of the moves as it should with the name of their comeback. Overall, I believe what is important in the dance is that it’s strong and it thwarts some people’s views that Super Junior aren’t good dancers. They are if the choreography plays to their strengths- Swing was an amazingly choreographed video and their dancing was extremely addicting to watch. The dance for MAMACITA is similar and is nicely topped with capping their “swords” to finish.
I thought the plot was a step up for SM because let’s be honest- how many times have you been frustrated with another box video? Especially after EXO was relinquished from it at debut? Even though technically, the plot part of the video is also a set, it’s a creative one. It reminded me of the ones B1A4 usually uses for their music videos. Now I won’t go into reading out the plot as I’m sure those who are reading this have indeed watched the music video (and there is too much to talk about within the video), but I’ll talk about a few stand out things for me. Siwon’s derp faces for one followed us throughout the video among the rest of the member’s comical expressions. He nailed the role so much that I forgot that he is indeed the group’s visual. It also felt good to see Leeteuk in a comical role as well as Kangin. What better way to really break back into the group of Super Junior from the army (and yes, this includes Kangin) than to shake off your two years of hard training and let loose in the dorkiest way? Those roles stood out for me a lot as well as Donghae as a clueless bounty hunter. Overall, the video was well done and even the Spanish I heard was correct on the poster. It was fresh while the rest of K-pop groups are cycling in a routine of sexy, cute, or tough.
Their 7th album, MAMACITA, has an entirely different feel from any other album they’ve done from start to finish. I’ve read a lot of positive sentiments on the album as well. Among them, some people are saying it is the best album they have ever released- including their Sorry Sorry album. I stand somewhere in the middle for this. There were some stand out songs that were fabulous such as Shirt, written and composed by Donghae and Team One Sound, that I thought even outshined their title song, MAMACITA. It has rich vocals and brass instrumental which was something new to Super Junior. Watching it LIVE was a treat as it was choreographed by Shindong and Eunhyuk themselves. Donghae also joined the main vocal line for the song which usually consists of Kyuhyun, Yesung, Ryeowook, and sometimes Sungmin. Raining Spell For Love took a while to grow on me before I saw its potential and now I’m hooked on this song. It brings me back to the Mr. Simple album where songs like Adante gave me the same feeling. These are the songs that show Super Junior’s talent and should be promoted more. Everyone’s vocal work was smooth and the entire piece would fit perfectly as a third promotion song if they could have one. Other compositions such as Let’s Dance and Too Many Beautiful Girls were great upbeat pieces that I always enjoy in their albums. Another honorable mention is Islands which has found its way to one of the most played songs in my library. Here, Yesung’s voice most notably makes its appearance. Heechul even stepped up his game and had impressive vocals in the song which even surprised some fans apparently. Now, is this the best album they’ve ever had? I’m not sure. All of their albums have some real jewels in them and some that I only come across to listen to once in a blue moon. Some hidden jewels in their past albums have been So I (Super Junior 05), Snow White (Mr. Simple Japanese vers), Adante (Mr. Simple), She Wants It (Sorry Sorry), My All Is In You (SJ-M Perfection), All My Heart (Bonamana), and Bittersweet (Sexy, Free, & Single), and I believe that Raining Spell For Love and Islands will join that list as well.
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