I’m an easy listener to please when it comes to my K-pop which invariably filters to my consciousness through whatever track is on a drama I’m currently watching. Then comes when K-pop idols transition to acting and I have to decide on yay or nay when it comes to their potential. With that said, Super Junior is one of those original behemoth kings of modern K-pop that everyone ought to at least heard of even if you can’t name the members. They’re of the Big Bang and original DBSK time period and while the former is laying low without a comeback in sight and the latter has splintered into two groups, it’s nice and reassuring to see SuJu return with a full album with pretty much the entire contingent intact. Other than Han Geng who sued and left along with Kibum who is on what is still called a hiatus, 10 of the boys are back to dance and sing their way back to their loyal and patient fans’ hearts. Oh right, Yesung is in the army now so he’s not on this album.
The ones I pay attention to in Siwon, Donghae, and Heechul are all there, and Leeteuk is back from the army looking insanely handsome while Kyuhun is in fine form with his amazing singing chops. I haven’t listened to the entire album yet but the lead single “Mamacita (Ayaya)” is as entertaining and addicting as the teaser suggested. It’s described by SM as “an Urban New Jack Swing genre song, with drum sound based on rhythmical Indian Percussion and piano melody”, which is overly florid but I did hear all those elements fused nicely together in the full track. The MV is equally as fun even if overly nonsensical what with Eunhyuk as a bullfighter who shows up in the Wild Wild West not to mention the most memorable storyline ended up being the brokenhearted love affair between Kangin and his watermelon. Check it out below and be sure to not miss Shinding saying the most gutbusting lyric in the entire song “Just close your lips and shut your tongue.” LOLOLOL.
Mamacita (Ayaya) MV: