Super Junior M - Super Girl

As you all know, I live for a good pop song. It's not something serious, formally educated musicians around me will call 'good' but it's a guilty pleasure and something to help me learn musical elements (hahah.).

A good/outstanding pop song for me has an immensely catchy hook, an easy to pick up melody and repetitive elements but must be well-executed. The vocals outstanding, instrumental strong and arrangement tight - you don't find these kinds of songs every day. Most of the time they're pathetic attempts to create a hit or lazy, uncreative and recycled versions of good pop songs passed. If you're gonna take influences from something, you better take them creatively.(to people who know who SuJu M are, you can skip this part as it's just an intro the the group.) Which brings me to this song by Super Junior M. You've heard about Super Junior and how they're so big it took me nearly 4 months to memorize all their names and put them to face but they're also so big that their talent company split them up into what we call 'sub-groups'. Super Junior M is the sub-group for China - they, along with two Chinese members release material in Mandarin. As far as I know this is their first original China-only release because their previous singles were Chinese versions of Super Junior's Korean hits. Correct me if I'm wrong.

It's in Chinese. Yes. But I don't care - IT'S A SONG and IT'S DAMN GOOD.

In line with Sorry Sorry, Super Junior's Korean hit earlier this year, Super Girl is extremely catchy and insanely addictive - don't say I didn't warn you. There are a lot of techno/Eurocrap elements in the instrumental and although I hear a cheap loop somewhere there, it's almost completely covered up by the rest of the instrumental and the insanely addicted 'Oh Oh' 's throughout the song.

Now I said a good pop song must have a tight arrangement - this is what I'm talking about. The sections smoothly and cohesively transition from one to the other and there's practically no dead air throughout the song. The vocals are just - WOW. Donghae (the guy who starts the second verse) and Kyuhyun's (the guy who sings second in the first verse) voices are literally God's gifts to Super Junior.

An optional characteristic of a good pop song - it should sound extremely good at high volume(s). If you're gonna play it at parties or in public places it's got to be loud for a big space to hear it. So if it sounds even better REALLY LOUD then that's a plus point!

Actually, the tempo of the melody isn't that fast but the Eurocrap loop at the back makes it SEEM fast-paced. I always say that I hate songs with generic Eurocrap loops but that's because they weren't used properly - they were just slapped onto some random melody with absolutely no though process involved. Like anything else, if you correctly and creatively use something that almost always sounds cheap it will sound good and work wonders.

I'd hate to say this after all his slave-driving and the lawsuit with DBSK but what the heck - LEE SOO MAN CAN DAMN WELL WRITE/CHOOSE A POP SONG.

Listen to the song - IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Hahah. Possibly.
15/5!!!!! for being a heck of a lot better than some of the other songs I gave 5/5s to.

6 comments:

  1. Love this one too!
    *added to On-The-Go* LOL

    //beE

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  2. It's out d? Wow, YOU are FAST! LOL.
    The song is very very EURO influenced. Hmm, but as long as there is Kyuhyun and Siwon, I'm sold.
    Oh, having Jessica from SNSD is definitely a plus! Gorgeous video. Love it.
    One thing, their pronunciation need to be more polish, sounded weird for someone who understand chinese. LOL. Yay SuJu!!!

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  3. beE - hahah.

    rcLoy - Hahah. You don't know how many times I refreshed the SM channel. And I'm actually a native Chinese speaker - it's just that my family speaks Hokkien not Mandarin. hahah.

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  4. Love this song! But I can't find the lyrics, so I end up writing one. Visit my blog and check it out, there's some mistake here and there.

    Cheers. ; )

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  5. Let's not front. This song and video is "Sorry, sorry" with a bit of "It's you" with less auto tune. Still hot though. The guys look great and the song is mad catchy, as is the dance.

    Something about Super Junior M is easier to take. Probably because there's less of them and they look more polished as a group. Something feels so loose and all over the place when the full group dance together. Plus you wonder why there are so many of them when some of the guys are pretty much back up dancers.

    It's cool Han Geng is getting more air time. You often forget about him.

    Hot song and video. Kyuhyun does the damn thing vocally as he always does. :D

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  6. the excursion - it's good, no? hahah.

    Random J - Agreed 100%. Although practically the whole song is auto-tuned, there is a lot less of the obvious processing.

    Kyuhyun has a pretty large voice with a nice, deep timbre and all but I think Donghae deserves to be called the best voice in the band - his voice is so smooth he can possibly take on (but not win against) Jaejoong DBSK!

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