A week after Super Junior’s Donghae pre-released his solo track California Love, Eunhyuk is back with his own song. This double shot of D&E heralds the release of their upcoming unit album. I think this promotional tactic is cool – allowing each member to offer a taste of their own style before a comeback that will (presumably) meld their charms together. However, I found Donghae’s track to be an overly autotuned bore. With expectations low, Eunhyuk’s Be moves us back toward the right track, even if personal bias prevents me from absolutely loving the song.
Here’s the thing about this style of pop track: I just don’t know what to do with them! I’m reminded of 2012, when Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know was the biggest Billboard hit of the year. I never really found time for that song, but then I discovered an upbeat remix that worked its way into constant rotation. It’s not that I live in a persistent state of dancefloor bliss (let that image sink in!). It’s just that I prefer some oomph to my music. An amazing vocalist, dynamic arrangement or indelible groove can overcome this personal roadblock, but otherwise I need the song to take me on a journey that feels more sprawling.
I mention this as evidence to why Eunhyuk’s Be starts at a disadvantage. It’s a nice track with a very pretty melody and solid performance. I enjoy hearing him pull back and focus on more emotional material rather than the silly, swag-heavy fare often given to D&E. And as a dancer, Be allows Eunhyuk to display a more contemporary, lyrical style. All of this adds to the song’s ‘plus column,’ but none of it feels too compelling to me. Luckily, it’ll make a strong album track, and that’s more than enough to warrant its place in the duo’s discography.