I’ve generally always loved Super Junior‘s music but I’ve never cared about the band one bit, so I’m pretty unbiased when it comes to judging them. If I like their songs, it’s solely because I think they’re good, not because I’m a stan that thinks that future missionary Siwon is a total hunk (which I do, FYI).
After committing crimes against humanity with “Mamshita” last year, SuJu’s new single, “Devil,” lifted from their 10th anniversary album of the same name, thankfully sees the band taking a page out of TVXQ’s Bible for once.
TVXQ transformed themselves into showy, sophisticated jazz and R&B singers with their Ten album after their dancey dubstep single “Catch Me” failed to capture a mutizen, and SuJu have kind of done the same thing.
“Devil,” produced by Kenzie and The Stereotypes (BoA’s “Kiss My Lips”), is suave, playful, guitar-driven pop — a rarity for SuJu, who are best known for their addictive hook songs like “Sorry Sorry” and “Mr. Simple.”
To be fair, they did go more mature last year’s “This Is Love,” but it was the kind of synthesized R&B sound we’ve all heard countless times before in K-pop, and much better might I add. “Devil” is groovier, more fun. It’s grown up, but it’s still a catchy boy band ditty too.
I probably love “Devil” so much because it sounds like a TVXQ demo, but had TVXQ recorded it they would’ve made the song so much grander so it could translate to explosive live performances. SuJu were never spectacular dancers, so “Devil” is allowed to luxuriate in its laidback grooves instead of having to become some huge thrill ride for the stage.
It’s no “Shake It Up,” but I can certainly think of worse ways to celebrate a 10th anniversary.