What happens when you have a few loose idols kicking around the entertainment company? If you’re SM, you throw them into a super group and watch the views and the money roll in. Come see what the Fangirls thought of SuperM’s first album!
Quick Bio: SuperM is composed of Taemin from SHINee, Baekhyun and Kai from EXO, Ten and Lucas from WayV, and Mark and Taeyong from NCT.
Drama Geek: If you look at the seven members that they picked, they really do live up to the concept that they’re the Avengers. They have assembled members from each group for a reason and a purpose. They are the top of the top within their company. Taemin & Kai are known for their dancing, and are considered some of the best in the business. Then you have Ten who has been shifted from NCT to WayV. He is multilingual and also an amazing dancer. Baekhyun was an easy choice with that voice, and high note ability. If anyone follows NCT, you know that Mark and Taeyong have debuted in almost every subunit they’ve created. Lucas, with his model stature and easy smile, also seems like a very natural choice to add to round out the group.
Karie the Maknae: The linguist in me is SUPER happy that they defined the word that they made up. It’s the little nerdy things that keep me going. Also, this song has had some slick production and gets stuck in my head from time to time. I like it.
Drama Geek: This MV had a message. They want us to know they are a super group, and they are coming to conquer. The lyrics are the weakest link in this song, but are super catchy. I knew that putting Ten, Taemin & Kai on stage together would be amazing, and I love how powerful all seven of them feel in this. Ten’s dance break toward the end made me gasp, it was so good.
Kmuse: While the video is a bit busy, I have really started to enjoy this song. For some reason it comes on as an ad whenever I’m watching YouTube so I have had a lot of time for it to grow on me with repetition. I do wish there was a performance version where I could truly appreciate the dancing aspect but overall I love the catchy beat!
“I Can’t Stand the Rain”
Karie the Maknae: I am ALL about the recent tradition/modern fusion trend. I want to love this song because of it, but it doesn’t grab me. I’ll give it time.
Drama Geek: Here is where I totally disagree with the Maknae. Jopping is okay, but I really like this song a lot better. I kind of wish it was the song they’d picked for the MV. They use Taemin and Baekhyun as their vocal anchors in this, and it really helps focus the group. The lyrics are straight up longing for someone after a breakup, so they make sense. If you can still find the live performance they did on Ellen, then you will be in for a Taemin treat. 😉
Kmuse: This is a song that I enjoyed watching more live then I did just listening. Very smooth dancing and it’s grow on me.
Karie the Maknae: Looking for an R&B flavored ballad? You’ve got it! I’m not a ballad fan, so it’s a pass for me.
Drama Geek: This song grew on me the more I listened to it. I actually really like the mix of Lucas and Mark with Baekhyun and Taemin.
Kmuse: It’s OK but I’m not a huge R&B ballad fan.
Karie the Maknae: This reminds me of EXO’s “Growl” a bit. That’s really all I have to say about it.
Drama Geek: I don’t want to keep comparing them to their respective groups, but it’s hard when songs like this focus on specific group members and it ends up reminding me of their group. This one has a nice feel to it, and I can’t wait to see the live performance. I bet the dance is awesome.
Kmuse: I enjoyed this song a lot. It was fun.
Karie the Maknae: This is an interesting little song — it’s got a whimsically haunting feel to it over a strong pop beat and comes complete with a Sid and Nancy reference. I like it.
Drama Geek: Vocally this song is where Kai and Ten get to flex their muscles the most. Kai has done a TON of work in the last few years to earn him a spot in the lineup that isn’t just rap, and I’m glad they’re letting him use that here. With Ten, I feel like they never know when to add him since his first language isn’t Korean (though they give him plenty to sing in Chinese for WayV, and that’s not his first language either) and I’m not sure they’re using his English skills enough on this first mini album. Especially since their focus is the American audience. Though, in all of the live events I’ve seen so far, he is killing everyone with his charm. #SuperM_TEN (you won’t be disappointed if you search this on Twitter.)
Kmuse: I need to listen to it more after reading Drama Geek’s explanation.
The Instrumentals — “Jopping” and “I Can’t Stand the Rain”
Karie the Maknae: I’m actually glad these were included! I assume they’re on the album for personal karaoke sessions. Right? The instrumental for “I Can’t Stand the Rain” helped me hear more of the traditional music; I loved it!
Drama Geek: Um… I skip these. LOL. Not just for this group, but for all of them.
Kmuse: It is also a skip for me as well.
Karie the Maknae: This is great background music for when I need to tune out everything else and focus. I don’t find it to be all that groundbreaking, but I enjoy listening to it.
Drama Geek: For me, the reason I am interested in SuperM is because of the members. I’ve wanted Kai and Taemin together on stage again for a long time. They’re best friends and they have amazing chemistry. I actually hope they have them closer when dancing in some of the other songs. I’ve fallen really hard for Lucas and Ten in their WayV videos and find a lot of delight in seeing them introduced to a wider audience. I hope they all have fun and enjoy being a group, and I get to keep watching them dance.
Kmuse: I’m excited I get to see them in concert and am even more excited to spend time with some of my kbesties while I do it.
What about you, k-fans? Did the SuperM album meet your expectations? Tell us about it in the comments below!
Until the next album drops, we remain —
Dramas with a Side of Kimchi