Posted by: lovediaries | April 25, 2008

IMOP’s “ME” Album Review

As promised, pinkandsparkly and I have reviewed SJ-M’s ME Album :D We’ve both written a paragraph on each song and to make it less confusing, I’ve colour coded our ratings so that you know who’s written which paragraph :D

The lowest rating I usually give is a 3/5. If it’s any lower, the song is usually deleted from my computer ^^
There are a number of factors which I keep in mind when rating my song (yes, I take rating songs very seriously :P) including: the melody, lyrics, the singing itself and how many times I’m willing to put it on repeat :D

Pinkandsparkly: Before I start reviewing the songs, let me just say that I’m really harsh with my stars, I think I’ve only ever given five stars (on iTunes) to three-four songs :P So just keep that in mind before you abuse me for being too harsh.”

Key: ♥ = 1 ♡ = 1/2. All ratings are out of 5 ♥ = Pinkandsparkly = Candychu

1. ME ♥ ♥ ♥
Such an uplifting song! Whenever I listen to it, I picture one of those makeover scenes in a movie, you know, those scenes that has the protagonist getting made over by fabulous stylists, and he/she’s normally walking down the street with a gazillion shopping bags, and at the end, he/she would say “IT’S GONNA BE ME!”, and flash a really bright Colgate smile :DD Anyway, this song surprised me, I was expecting an SMP song, but….this song is nice….like I said, it’s really uplifting. Won’t get into my top 25 most played list on iTunes, but I’ll probably listen to it when I’m getting ready to go out XD

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Like pinkandsparkly said, I also expected an SMP song especially seeing as this is the title track (and the title is very ambiguous). So I’m a tad disappointed but only because it wasn’t what I was hoping for. Anyway, it’s definitely a song you’d listen to while on a roadtrip, imo. It’s a happy and boppy song; very exciting. I especially love the “It’s gonna be me” at the end of every chorus xD

2. U ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
I think the MV definitely had some influence over my liking for this song. I love the violin in this because I never imagined hearing violin playing in U. I guess you can play the violin to any song but I’m ignorant and couldn’t see it happening XD I also like the lyrics and Henry’s (is it Henry?) ‘I like that’ near the end – very sexy. Also, maybe it’s just the way Kyu sings his lines but they’re my absolute favourite in this song :D

♥ ♥ ♥
If you haven’t seen the MV, you are MISSING OUT. Seriously, it’s SO HOT. Lol, I know that “U” is considered to be Suju’s most famous song, but ^^”’ it’s definitely not one of my favourite Suju songs, nor is it one of my favourite SJ-M songs. I love the violin in the SJ-M bit, though. And I also really really like ZhouMi and Donghae’s rap ^—^ Lol, I love how in the SJ-M version, you can still hear Yesung XD I get really confused when I listen to this now, cos I’ve also got the Korean and the other Chinese one o.O

3. At least there’s you ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♡
I LOVE THIS SONG. Favourite ballad on the album. I think that it really shows off the strong vocals in SJ-M :DDD And the pronunciation is EXCELLENT. REALLY REALLY EXCELLENT. Personally, ZhouMi’s lines in this song are my favourite, but EVERYONE sounded good. I’m just a little bit disappointed that they didn’t utilise more harmonisation in the chorus…

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
My favourite song in the album; especially since there are like no other ballads (kinda), I have to cling onto it for dear life LOL that doesn’t make sense…but I don’t care :P This song is so beautiful and soft and I LOVE the lyrics – they make me weep. And their singing makes me melt. I remember when I heard Sandy Lam’s version I thought ‘How are SuJu M going to do a cover of a girl’s song?’ But obviously it’s possible since ‘I have a Love’ was originally by a girl and this turned out really wonderful ^^

4. Miracle ♥ ♥ ♥
Miracle was one of those happy songs that I could only listen to sometimes. So I liked it, but it wasn’t one I would put on repeat. The chinese version sounds about the same with some extra cool bits in the middle. At first I thought it was a violin and then it sounded like some laser shooting off a computer game XD My favourite line would be Henry’s ‘I love you baby and I’m never gonna stop’ I just love his English :DD

♥ ♥
Lol, I’m sorry! I really don’t like this song XDD The only time I like it, is when Suju performs this, cos they all look really funny, and the dance makes me laugh XDDD I really didn’t understand the laser shooting sounds in the middle =.=”. The only good thing about this version, is that you get to hear Kyuhyun sing! Cos he still hadn’t debuted when Suju recorded this ^–^

5. Love Song ♥ ♥ ♥ ♡
This song is so cuuuuute XDDD I think ZhouMi wrote the lyrics? The lyrics are adoooorable <33 I especially like the “I don’t know”, “I know” bits ^——^ SO CUTE :D The pronunciation in this song is EXCELLENT. Really really good. I could understand 90% ^–^ I think Kyuhyun really stood out in this song :D When I listen to this song, I picture a couple play fighting, or maybe a girl cooking (lol, idk why) except if I was the one cooking, the background music would probably be Don’t Don XDDD

♥ ♥ ♥
I LOVE Zhou Mi’s lyrics!!! It sounds like he’s describing someone’s first love or something – it’s really sweet! I love Hae’s line which goes something along the line of ‘Even though I’m watching a movie, my heart is still thinking of you’ and Kyu’s ‘I may not be that clever but I really do like you’ ^^ But at the same time this song is too happy for my liking (I’m emo T_T). So it’s probably one of those songs I appreciate but again, not one I would put on repeat.

6. In my Arms ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
It has a really Dong Bang East Asian sort of feel. I immediately pictured SuJu M with a few camels trudging across a hot and dry desert. At first I thought the title was really weird and kept telling myself there was a mistake but after reading the lyrics I realised the song is about someone who’s lonely which is why they’re holding them self. So sad :(

♥ ♥ ♥
I was disappointed. I read heaps of comments about how this song is a really nice ballad, and how everyone sounded absolutely fantastic, etc. So I expected this to be a “At least there’s you” part two, but it’s not. I get that it’s a ballad, imo, it would sound better if they sped it up a bit. And what’s up with the echo, were the producers trying to recreate Spector’s Wall of Sound, or what =.=”” I’m still giving it three hearts, though, purely because I think K.R.Z, sounds fantastic.

7. Don’t Don ♥ ♥ ♥ ♡
They didn’t really change this song. Except, I keep thinking that they’re still singing Korean, maybe because I’ve listened to the Korean version way too much :P Personally, I think the Chinese lyrics fit the song better, but that’s just my opinion. My favourite part of the song, has to be the ZhouMi, Hangeng, Donghae, rap bit :D Oohh, and I also really like Henry’s English lines, “you outta control what is you mind” and “stop bangin’ my head. My eyes gone red”. I still don’t know who screamed “Super Junior” at the end, and it’s really annoying me =.= The Chinese fans think it’s Hangeng, but they think he sang 90% of all the songs, so…obviously they’re not reliable :P I think it’s Donghae….but I’m probably wrong, cos my listening sucks :P

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
I loved the intro with Henry’s English :D I think this remake is not bad considering the cut down in number of people singing and it’s definitely less aggressive but I think they still did pretty well! I like the line ‘Don’t be too naïve’ – it really stands out for me. Except, I agree with spazzes, I don’t think anyone can beat Heechul’s ‘SUPER JUNIORRR’. And in answer to pinkandsparkly, I actually suspected Zhou Mi did the end bit…except the lyrics say Hankyung sung that line :S

8. Marry U ♥ ♥ ♥
Henry’s ‘Love, oh baby my girl’ sounded exactly like Hyuk, imo, and so when I heard it I’m like ‘Is this the right version?’ But this pretty much sounded like the original – no changes too drastic or distinct, anyway.

♥ ♥ ♥
I think ZhouMi wrote the lyrics for the Chinese version? But like Candychu said, not a huge difference to the original. I really like Henry’s rap at the start, though :DDDD.

9. Happiness ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
My favourite Super Junior cover!
Henry sounds ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE in this song :DDDD Actually, they all sound adorable *squishes* and it’s SO GOOD to heard Kyuhyun sing in this one! (cos he didn’t get to participate in the SJ one). I looooove the lyrics, “you’re one half of me, you’re my solar system, you’re my battery charger” AWWWW

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
THIS REMAKE IS SO CUTE! I don’t know why. The original was really cute too but as soon as I started hearing the Chinese I just kept grinning and grinning XD And plus KYU GETS TO SING IN THIS!!! *wipes tears of joy* so there is nothing bad about this remake at all :D Also, Henry’s rapping is seriously so cute. It makes me want to poke his cheeks even more ^^

10. A Man in Love ♥ ♥ ♥ ♡
I think I’m most disappointed with this remake. This is probably my favourite fast paced SuJu song so of course I’m going to hold very high expectations for this. There’s something about this version that makes it feel as if something is missing? I think if this was the first time hearing it then I would love it more.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
One of my favourite Suju songs, so I must give it lots of hearts :P I think I could still hear Heechul in this? XDD Their pronunciation was a little off in this song, but that’s understandable, it’s a fast paced song ^^. I really liked the ZhouMi + Donghae, rap :DDD. Oh, and ZhouMi wrote the lyrics.

11. This moment ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♡
FAVOURITE SONG ON THE ALBUM. I love it, absolutely looooove it. I love the edgy feel, and it reminds me of DBSK’s Darkness Eyes. I hope they shoot an MV for this. I think my favourite bit is Henry’s rap, cos he sounds SO GANGSTA XD And the small violin interlude that follows is so cooool.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
MY OTHER FAV SONG! This one also has an East Asian feel in the intro but I think the beat is more distinct so it sounds more modernised than ‘In my Arms’. I love everything about the song – the lyrics, the melody, the singing and the rap. My gosh, the rap is SO awesome. Yes, the lyrics are corny as but Henry just sounds so cool with his audible English and the way he finishes it off by ‘Maybe you’ll listen to something like this’ then goes into playing his violin is just RLY HOT!!! But back to the intro, I actually didn’t pick it out until I read the lyrics. And when I did, I realised how sexy HenHae sound – ‘This moment, is longer than a thousand years. In those thousand years I waited until I could meet you again’ … something like that ^^ I’m hoping they’ll perform this song live because I can’t yet imagine how Henry’s going to hold the mic and rap and then quickly switch to violin playing. It would be interesting to watch, don’t you reckon? :)

12. The One ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♡
Ddespite what pinkandsparkly said about Hankyung running and SuJu dressed up as chickens and completely ruining the imagery I conjured up, I still love this song. I like how they end this ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL album with this song. It kinda has a calming effect especially after having listened to ‘The Moment’. To me, this song is also symbolic. Apart from its association with the Olympics it probably also means a lot to SuJu M. The lyrics are very inspirational and suggest that they can overcome different obstacles and achieve great things. OMG SO CORNY but so true. Look at what they’ve achieved already!

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I CAN STILL SEE THE CHICKEN! XD.
When this song first came out, I didn’t like it. To me, it sounded TOO inspirational =.=. BUT, for some reason, this song was the only song in my ipod under “SJ-M”, so I was forced to listen to this on repeat during the ride to uni (my ipod was buried under a ton of books, so I couldn’t change the song) and now I REALLY LIKE IT XD. I looove the violin, and the chorus sounds FANTASTIC! And I get so excited when they perform this, just because Henry plays a different violin to the one he plays when they perform “U” :PP. Like Candychu, I also think that it’s a fantastic song to end the album with. It kinda makes you want to listen to the whole album all over again ^^.

Sorry, we got really wordy hahaha but as if we can say any less of this album :D And this post isn’t actually as long as it looks but I have OCD so I like to set everything out neatly and well spaced out with a bit of colour :DDD

Pinkandsparkly: Wow, we got waaayyyy too wordy XD but hopefully this review will convince you all to purchase a copy of the album!!! DO IT! It’s not very expensive AT ALL (under $20 USD) so definitely buy one to support the boys, if you can ^—-^ Yesasia Amazon.cn [when you add shipping costs, the prices are about the same – maybe $1-$2 difference]


Responses

  1. You guys write really good reviews <3. That was very enjoyable to read; thank you for posting! ‘The Moment’ was my favorite of the whole album as well, although I really enjoyed all of it. I just can’t be objective when it comes to these boys, lmao.

    In Don’t Don, I thought it was Geng who screamed “Super Junior” at the end, although I’m not sure ^^. Your comment about how the Chinese fans think Geng sang 90% of the songs was hecka funny, though. LMAO LMAO. He does have a really nice voice! Low and sexy. He should get more lines.

  2. spazzes:
    hahaha thanks ^^ we certainly have fun writing them :D
    I really want them to do an MV for the Moment (if not every track XD) except there still hasnt been any news of them filming anything :S
    lol I guess we’ll have to wait for them to do it live before we kno who did the last line XDD
    i wonder if theyll sing marry U and take turns singing the last line as well ahahaha

  3. Ah, this was by far one of my best reads all year! LOL Even if I am mainly comparing it to school textbooks. Really thank you both so much for taking the time to do this. I am still laughing about the chicken debate. I just knew it was not over!
    I have been skeptical about the new album because it took me SO long to learn the Korean lyrics. Also, I do not listen to much Chinese music (but I watch so many movies) so the language is more strange to me. I have to be honest some songs like Marry U I just switched right back to the Korean. I am throughly impressed by the new songs though.
    “At Least There’s You” is really my favourite. It is just beautiful and perfectly shows their vocal strength. I also really enjoyed “In My Arms”, mostly because it is slow and I think I could learn the lyrics! The opening is really nice to +++. I really did not like “This Moment” until I replayed it a couple times. I just seems a little ordinary-ish to me, whatever I decided to give it another try and it is growing on me. About “Me”…I do not like the “It’s going to be me!” at all. I just.. no.
    I will probably revise my opinions as they preform and release MV’s to be honest. I need some nice imagery to think of the song. Still I really have no idea what is going on with Super Junior M now. WTH is Shiwon MCing Inkigayo for? Shouldn’t you head back by now?

  4. ringy:
    im not sure about pinkandsparkly but I definitely prefer writing album reviews instead of my endless economics notes :P
    I’m glad you enjoyed reading it! *gives you cookies* Ahahaha I have a feeling the chicken debate will never die :P
    Mmm, I agree. Some of the remakes sound just like the original so I really wished for more new songs. But considering they only spent 3 months making an album in a language they’re unfamiliar with, I think it’s pretty good effort! I’ll admit, The Moment didn’t immediately stand out for me but once I heard the rap I couldn’t stop listening to it :P Actually I stopped listening to it after the review :P Coz I want to be able to 100% appreciate my album when I actually buy it ^^
    Yeah, MVs always influence my taste as well as live performances XD

  5. For the “Super Junior” at the end, I’m pretty sure that was Henry, too. His name just came into my head when I heard it. I don’t think it’s Han Geng because whoever said that has good English….and we all know who’s getting all the English parts….xDD

    Either way, yay~!!! I agree with you for the most part. ^^ Or….all parts? I don’t know….xD

  6. yamiko:
    You think it was Henry? See, he definitely did the intro … hmmm … we’ll have to wait for a live performance :P
    Ahahaa yeah this album is great! :DD


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