It may have been 10 years since Super Junior D&E debuted as a unit group but they haven’t aged a day. In fact, Donghae and Eunhyuk might even look younger. They’re still rocking the same bandannas and bucket hats they wore in 2011, but far from feeling dated, the duo’s 4th mini-album [BAD BLOOD] brings retro back to life. Their natural talent and chemistry have matured with the years giving them a synergy that’s impossible to fake.
The title track ‘B.A.D’ is pure, catchy synth-pop delivered with D&E’s signature blend of swagger and funk. The video showcases their ability to pull off both retro and modern concepts seamlessly. Visually they look just as at home in a parking lot as a grand building. They even look stunning on matching horses (we don’t know why they’re on horses but we’re going with it). Although the MV is full of charm the highlight has to be the fun choreography, which the two main dancers perform flawlessly. There’s just something about their energy that makes you want to groove along with them. And just when you feel like they might be a little too charismatic, the duo inject some of their classic self-deprecating humour to remind us what makes this team extra special.
‘Contact’ features a deep, funky beat and some dulcet falsettos. The melody is compelling and will get stuck in your head for sure. But what makes this track super interesting is that rapper Eunhyuk handles the harmonies while singer Donghae is in charge of the song’s rhythm. This gives the song a fresh twist that even hardcore ELF will be pleasantly surprised by.
Every SuJu album needs a ballad or two and [BAD BLOOD] is no different. ‘To You, Tomorrow’ is a love-letter to a person who is no longer around and the lyrics express the hope that one day they will return. Like the soundtrack for a K-drama, this song is both pretty and straightforward. On the other hand, ‘Change’ is a heartfelt plea for someone to bring a change into their life. Compared to the rest of the album this one has a more modern R&B vibe which is a nice change of pace. Not to mention the absolutely stunning vocals.
The final song on the album ‘Off Line’ is the ultimate D&E b-side. It features an upbeat hook layered with groovy bass and just the right amount of synth. The lyrics sweetly remind us to take a break from our busy lives and slow down once in a while. This together with Eunhyuk’s fluid raps and Donghae’s silky-smooth vocals round off the album in true D&E style. Honestly, what more could we ask for?
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