Industry veterans Super Junior will be returning in December with their tenth (!) studio album, but before that they’ve pre-released the nostalgic fan song The Melody (우리에게). It arrives on the fifteenth anniversary of the group’s debut, alongside a scrapbook-like music video that traces their illustrious career. So, rather than being a notable song on its own, The Melody is more significant because of all the sentiment supporting it.
As a pop song, The Melody is amiable but lacking in spark. It’s kind of a “in one ear, out the other” affair, at least when compared to Super Junior’s strongest material. It’s the kind of track I expect to hear from a group that has been around as long as Super Junior, and I don’t mean that as a compliment. Yes, we know they can pull off this style of soft, melodic pop with ease, but I think they’re at their best when they keep pushing themselves in new directions.
With that said, The Melody is a pre-release. Expectations should be set accordingly, and when all is said and done this will make a very nice album track. I’m not a fan of its whistling hook, but I rarely like whistling in pop music. However, the airy verses are gorgeous, and the song grows more robust and satisfying as it goes on. The bridge is particularly engaging, as the melody takes a more dramatic turn. When all is said and done, this is a pleasant toe-tapper. But, I hope the actual comeback delivers a knockout punch.