Watching Super Junior launch promotions for its first album release in two years gives off the happy wave of nostalgia. I know these boys aren’t that old nor do I think their time has passed, but in the fast-changing landscape of Kpop it’s pretty clear SuJu is like the daddy or granddaddy nowadays. I don’t mind young or old as long as their stuff is good and I’ve always had a soft spot for these guys since the year that was “Sorry Sorry” back in 2009. This new album will have ten boys on it and it’s close enough to the whole gang minus departed Han Geng, permanent hiatus Kibum, and in the army Yesung. I’m totally psyched for Heechul, of course, but also am quite fond of Donghae and Siwon. What? Don’t judge. Their lead single is called “Mamacita” and will have latin and Bollywood inspired musical origins. The batches of photo teasers released so far are all super cute to me even if it seems rather low-budget considering SM went all out on EXO when it launched.
The main theme is cowboys (along with matador and gentleman ones) and the same concept is extended to the just released MV teaser as well. What I love about SuJu now is that all the members have launched into different careers such as acting, variety shows, solo albums, stage performances, etc., so when they are back being an idol boy band I feel like it’s a side job where I can enjoy them being self-aware in sharing the experience together. The musical teaser had me grinning the whole way through starting with Leeteuk as a robber in jail and Siwon as a smarmy sheriff plus Donghae looking like a long bounty hunter and finally there was Heechul as the bartender with his trademark smolder. The boys are coming back and based on how charming this whole Mamacita concept is I think the full MV dropping on August 29th will definitely be fun is nothing else.
Super Junior “Mamacita” Teaser: