Super Junior has returned with the repackaged edition of its latest album, Sexy Free and Single, featuring the title track, Spy. With its
James Bond Get Smart influence and slick albeit shallow video, Spy clearly has a polarizing effect: people will either love it or hate it. Can you guess which side I’m on?
First off, I don’t know what to make of Spy the song. It starts off with a trumpet intro followed by an almost honky-tonk intro, something that sounds like it was taken straight out of a Western playbook. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever heard from Super Junior. Then it has some pretty awesome horns that give it that
James Bond secret agent feel. Then it launches into the patented Super Junior one-note monotone, albeit one octave lower. Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, and Kangin all deliver solo lines this way. There are rap parts – whoa, Shindong finally gets some lines! – there’s the patented Yesung adlib, there’s a little bit here for everybody.
It’s clear that Spy is a love-it-or-hate-it kind of song, and it appears that polarizing effect doesn’t work for a lot of people. For me, oddly enough, it works. I’m enjoying Spy. I like that it’s got an almost comedic sounding honky-tonk. I like that they went with a
James Bond slick brass sound. I like that it still has that Super Junior feel (because of the monotones). Even the video is a few notches short of cool, despite the appalling lack of plot; it’s pretty much a showcase of the pretty boys of Super Junior, which is enough to please most ELFs. I like that Eunhyuk still gets his little dance explosion, and I like that Yesung gets to belt the way he likes it.
I’m frankly just shocked that Super Junior, one of SM Entertainment’s marquee names, continues to get slipshod video treatment from its management. There was so much potential in this video, and it was so half-baked. What is up with the random blood drops? The silly silhouetted girl? The bullets that defy the laws of physics? (You just know Simon and Martina will rip into this video like bloodthirsty vampires.)