It’s interesting that Sungmin’s new music video for Orgel (오르골) bears the “Label SJ” tag. Though he’s still officially a member of Super Junior, you wouldn’t know it. When the group returned last month for their first “full” reunion after a decade of military enlistments, Sungmin was nowhere to be found. And unlike ex-member Kangin, who earned his expulsion through a series of DUI incidents, Sungmin’s only crime was getting married.
Whether he wants to join the group or not, I find it sad that he’s relegated to the occasional solo ballad instead of featured as an important part of Super Junior’s legacy. It can’t feel good – especially when his own work is never supported by the kind of promotional enthusiasm SM Entertainment gives other soloists.
Anyways, Orgel is fine. Ostensibly a holiday release, the delicate ballad takes advantage of Sungmin’s soothing voice. With little more than acoustic guitar as a backdrop, his vocals are wrapped in harmonies and subtle, twinkling keys reminiscent of a music box. Orgel’s melody is all you would expect from a song of this nature – delicate and mellow without ever amounting to much. Sungmin is given the chance to flex his gorgeous falsetto throughout, lending a nuanced touch to Orgel’s already-subdued energy. I especially enjoy the moments where his vocals dip into deeper, more textured territory. This is the kind of song that would play wonderfully in the background of a laid-back holiday gathering. While it’s performed with undeniable polish, there’s only so many places that a track like this can go.
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