Super Junior – “Magic” Review

Super
Junior – Magic (Music Video)

Super Junior – Magic

Reviewed
on February 14, 2016

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Personal Message:
Admittedly, I entirely forgot that
Valentine’s Day was on February 14. If not for a few friends mentioning a
get-together for “anti-Valentine’s Day,” this review would have missed the
date—assuming that this review does indeed get posted in time. Unlike last
year’s Valentine’s Day review where I wrote it three days before the holiday
(Juniel’s “I Think I’m In Love”; and yes, it still holds as one of my favorite
music videos and that I
dreamily hope for an equally loving relationship one day as in the video
),
as of this sentence, I am writing on the exact day of Valentine’s Day. For an
excuse, however, that review was when I was not drowning with schoolwork. (Even
after this review is done, I still have much work to attend to.) But, regardless
of circumstances, I do believe that I can finish this review on time given that
there is no choreography to grade and that, supposedly, no social digression will
occur. In fact, I also hope to push out another shorter review for this week.

Now for some personal conceited news
to share with readers, I did get declined for a campus job I very much desired.
Though I am disappointed at myself, I am glad that the accepted people are
definitely deserving of the job, and that I still gleaned the valuable
experience of filling out a job application. And, for at least one positive
point, in March I will be helping host an English literature conference and am
very excited for that (especially given that I am also majoring in English and
that I am planning to teach English in high school). Also, for another positive
point, an amazing friend who made this blog’s icon will soon be making me icons
for my YouTube English subtitling channels. Huge thanks and shoutout to her.

Ignoring my point of how positivity
should always be found, a lesson learned from Dal Shabet’s beloved leader
Serri, for this Valentine’s Day I have decided to review Super Junior’s
“Magic.” Given that the song is flirtatious and that I have always desired to
review the veteran and popular gentlemen, “Magic” becomes a perfect candidate. After
all, if it is interpreted that the lyrics are not just of physical attraction
and that with the music video the characters are not “fighting over women” or
stalking, and that respectful behavior is showcased and reinforced toward the
female character, “Magic” can be rendered quite romantic. (But, if personal
stances have to be given, while I do challenge the lyrics to some extent, I do
consider the music video as positive. The characters, from my interpretation,
may be huddled together in scenes, but for the plot it is actually about each
individual man’s date. Thus, during moments of seemingly “fighting over
women”—a topic I have touched upon in various reviews—it is arguably solely for
technical transitions as the music video simply reuses the female character,
akin to ZE:A’s “Marry Me” for example. However, if one is to
be critical with the lyrics or video, many discussion topics can always occur,
as is always the case with any pop culture medium.)

On a more lighthearted tone (readers
should skip to the review by now), for what will perhaps make readers laugh, I
will now openly contradict myself: I will focus solely on Super Junior’s
appearances so that I can claim they are absolutely physically gorgeous (and I
am certain they are also very non-physically attractive). Shamelessly shared as
well, I will definitely be taking note of and stealing some of their fashion
and makeup in the music video. Who could ignore their beauty? (And though this
is becoming robotic to repeat, for those finding my “fanboying” as a
heterosexual male absurd, awkward, or even “wrong,” refer to an older review: Teen Top’s “Ah Ah.”) Now of course, I should not be
complimenting the beautiful men of Super Junior as I do actually have a
Valentine’s Day date: it is with SPICA’s Boa (and SPICA has confirmed a
comeback in March). And no, I am absolutely not delusional in any form. Little
is it known that I am Boa’s husband. It just happens that she has yet to
propose to me, but that will happen soon enough. And no, I am in no way still
overly obsessed with her as hinted at in prior reviews. Boa’s deep, charming
and soothing voice in “Russian Roulette” is to blame along with her amazing leadership,
hard work, humor, intelligence, skills, and so on. MAMAMOO’s Moonbyul’s “be
normal” should very much apply right now.

Drama references aside (and if a few
readers are confused, all is fine; when it comes to my friends’ ubiquitous
American pop culture references, I am equally lost for example), on a more
serious tone, although I am blatantly madly infatuated with Boa and admittedly
do hope that I one day fall in love with a special woman and that she proposes
to me (be it for dating or marriage), to clarify, in truth I am just as content
if I were to live more independently in the future. I do not wish for readers
to interpret my “idol crush” as a message that relationships are unequivocally
necessary for a content life. At the very core of an intimate relationship,
love should be the main criteria; even if finances and so forth are equally
important factors, love itself should be the driving force. Thus, if that does
not occur in the future and I personally find myself independent, I would still
be quite happy as I truly do not believe in rushing love or that an intimate
relationship is “necessary.” Besides, Girls’ Generation’s Sunny once said she
hopes to live independently and to never get married. Personally relating and
to share very personal goals (though I believe in full honesty, the following
words are uneasy to share as I do hold these privately), I likewise would
follow Sunny’s goal if love does not come along.

Living with an adopted female German
Shepherd or Rottweiler and having a teaching position would already satisfy me
by a significant amount. Coupling that with investing time in my interests of
fashion, makeup, music, exercise, and spending time with friends and family,
all would provide me the satisfaction I need. Also, if financially and
emotionally capable, I would strongly desire to adopt a daughter and be very
glad to be a parent, even if that means being a “single dad.” But, point being,
not having a partner would not lower my happiness.

Now for why I am hesitant to share
all of this, excluding how these are very personal desires, for one, the
certain dog breeds may already be quite surprising to some (either due to the
breeds’ reputations or that the breeds do not fit my image)—let alone how I
seemingly have gender biases that extend even to non-human species. In brief
reply, I very much adore dogs and have had a lot of positive experiences around
them. As for preferring larger breeds and them being female, biased experiences
with a friend’s female German Shepherd may be the reason. I enjoy larger dogs with
athletic abilities, high loyalty and intelligence, the ability to work and
train them for various tasks, and so on. Regarding the sex, while it overall
does not dictate many differences in dogs (assuming it is “fixed”), familiarity
is preferable when it comes to working with such capable dogs, and thus,
females are more desirable personally. Both the mentioned breeds would fulfill
the requirements, and admittedly have always been personal favorites. (On a
side note, I do not believe in “guard dogs.” The two breeds listed are
oftentimes desired for that arguably toxic role, but as I learned from my
friend, to roughly quote her, “You protect your German Shepherd; you’re her
guard, not the other way around.”)

When it comes to adopting a
daughter, to confess the gender preference is perhaps due to personal biases.
With spending more time around females than males, unfortunately a disparity
results in terms of feeling more comfortable and so forth with females versus
males. In fact, to the astonishment of a male friend, to repeat an old answer:
I would be more exceptionally more comfortable to discuss with my daughter her
physical changes during puberty than with discussing that same topic but with
my son. But brushing aside that point since his mom can handle that talk, more
surprisingly however, many are shocked when I share that I am open to adopting.
Personally, once settled and capable, I do wish to raise a child, regardless if
a single parent or not, and if the child is biologically my own or not. As Girl’s
Day’s Sojin once discussed (she also wants to adopt one day), adopting is a
chance to give love to children who otherwise may not receive love. Synthesizing
the factors of how I desire to raise a child in the future, and assuming I am
fully responsible for such a task, then adopting is fulfilling those wishes
while also giving love that may perhaps not come around to her.

Of course, though, in the end gender
truly does not matter to me when it comes to loving my children and others, and
that I am working towards removing any biases I have. No matter even their
sexual orientation and so on, loving and teaching are what I wish to give to my
children. Pet dogs follow suit with receiving love and discipline regardless of
gender. Seriousness aside, and I am confused on how this review suddenly
transitioned to these topics, though readers now know that I desire to adopt a daughter
and that I adore dogs, for an overall takeaway: be optimistic, joyful, and love
others and yourself. Even if the love is far from romantic, affection—not a
relationship—is what is necessary in life. That said, for those who celebrate
Valentine’s Day or not and who have a partner or not, I nevertheless hope the
day is splendid and that much love is given whenever possible.

Finally focusing on the review
itself, for technical sides to the song to address, as stated earlier, there
will be no choreography to grade. Peculiarly, however, there still is in fact
dancing: it just happens to be shown purely in isolated chunks in the music
video. Super Junior has never performed this song or released a dance practice.
From my knowledge, this is because “Devil” was the main title track over
“Magic,” hence why there have been no performances of the latter song (though readers
should correct me). Therefore, it will be impossible to grade the choreography
even though one does exist. Another clarification will be regarding the members
involved. Once again, if accurate, there are eleven members in total, but for
this song, only nine members were involved. Why this is the case I am
uncertain, so readers should feel free to share the reasons and even the
general dynamic of how Super Junior promotes songs.

Nonetheless, even with confusion on
the magical workings of Super Junior, the gentlemen deliver a perfect
Valentine’s Day song—or so it seems. Arguably the theme is in place for the
song, but in terms of quality, the same may or may not be said. The review will
determine if there truly are any tricks up Super Junior’s sleeve.

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Song Score: 6/10
(6.4/10 raw score) – “Slightly above average”


Vocals: 7/10


Sections: 6/10
(6.33/10 raw score)

Introduction, Verse,
Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Rap, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Rap, Chorus, Conclusion

1.     Introduction:
7/10

2.     Verse: 6/10

3.     Pre-Chorus: 6/10

4.     Chorus: 6/10

5.     Rap: 6/10

6.     Conclusion: 7/10


Line Distribution: 6/10

Leeteuk:
Chorus 1, Pre-Chorus 2, Chorus 2, Chorus 3 (Total: 4)

Heechul:
Verse 1, Rap 1, Chorus 2, Conclusion (Total: 4)

Yesung:
Pre-Chorus 1, Chorus 2 (Total: 2)

Kangin:
Pre-Chorus 1, Chorus 1, Chorus 2, Chorus 3, Conclusion (Total: 5)

Eunhyuk:
Pre-Chorus 1, Chorus 1, Rap 2, Chorus 3, Conclusion (Total: 5)

Donghae:  Introduction, Verse 1, Chorus 1, Pre-Chorus
2, Chorus 3 (Total: 5)

Siwon:
Chorus 1, Chorus 2, Chorus 3 (Total: 3)

Ryeowook:
Chorus 1, Pre-Chorus 2, Chorus 3 (Total: 3)

Kyuhyun:
Verse 1, Chorus 1, Chorus 2, Conclusion (Total: 4)

Equal Value: 3.89 sections per member.  


Instrumental: 6/10


Lyrics: 7/10

Girl
That magic girl

You’re so amazing
You’re like a clear flower baby
My heart flies over and follows you
I don’t even want to blink my eyes
I try to hold my breath
Baby, she’s alright

The sexy girl I’ve seen on TV when I was young
Next to her is a magician
I stared but I still couldn’t believe it
So shocked but it kept going
After I became an adult,
I knew it was all just a trick on the eyes
But then you appeared

She’s so hot
She’s on fire
You definitely have tricks up your sleeve
She’s so cool
Beautiful
I try so hard to find it but I can’t
I’m flying to you, two of us
I’m falling into you again, two of us
She’s so hot
She’s on fire
This ecstatic magic, magic, magic

Let’s go
She’s so mysterious
I’m delirious
It’s different from the circus, a Mobius
I can’t figure it out
It’s like looking at fireworks
All the things I’ve imagined keep going on
This girl is magic, and I’m I’m so ecstatic
What do I do?
Then you come closer

She’s all that
A “rabbit in a hat”
I’m curious what’s inside?
Out of the three cards that are hidden,
which one should I pick?
I can’t stop thinking

She’s so hot
She’s on fire
You definitely have tricks up your sleeve
She’s so cool
Beautiful
I try so hard to find it but I can’t
I’m flying to you, two of us
I’m falling into you again, two of us
She’s so hot
She’s on fire
This ecstatic magic, magic, magic

Magic tricks
I’m getting excited
Girl, you’re all the audience I need
You lead me, you trap me inside your name
Slow mo, now try to escape
Try to escape me tonight
It won’t be easy
All around the world
I’m addicted to you magic, magic girl

She’s so hot
She’s on fire
Try to find my tricks up somewhere in this heart
She’s so cool
Beautiful
Only you can make this stage shine more
The moment you come into my arms
The moment I get shocked and fall into it
She’s so hot
She’s on fire
You and I, magic, magic, magic girl

She’s so hot
Sexy girl I’m your magician
Everyone looks but can’t believe it
So hot, so hot, everyone shouts
She’s so cool (girl)
Hey it has just begun
The show is magic, and it’s so amazing

Choreography Score: X/10 (x/10 raw score)

– Syncing: X/10

– Key Points: X/10

Overall Score: 6/10
(6/10 raw score)

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Analysis: Unfortunately,
“Magic” nearly misses achieving a seven for its Song Score. Nevertheless, the
song is rather balanced in both its sound and numerical scores, and overall it
can be deemed decent. For what holds as the song’s most prominent and
beneficial feature, although many would entirely dismiss this category, the
Line Distribution has much influence on the song.

Seldom
is the Line Distribution relevant besides being an abstract aspect; the Line Distribution
is simply how lines are divided among members and thus, when discussing the
sound of a song, this should be meaningless. Though that is true to some degree
in a vast majority of songs, in “Magic” this is not the case. First, however,
it is notable that the Line Distribution is far from a high score. Truthfully,
the score should even be lower: a five. The increase, though, is that though
numerically the sections are far from being evenly divided, the lines are
constantly alternating among members. As a result, members all still receive a
respectable amount of spotlight as there is no long streak of lines (excluding
the raps). In terms of how this impacts the song, however, it is not the rating
itself that matters: it is the alternating that occurs. Every other category is
indirectly yet positively affected through this style of distributing lines.

For
one, the vocals become extremely diverse. On the surface, there are always multiple
voices heard; as single lines tend to be alternated, this means there are
simply more members involved with singing a section. Using an example, the
choruses are not solely one member singing, but instead, are of around seven or
so members. Therefore, seven unique voices are heard, and that in itself, even
without considering a musical aspect, serves well for bringing vocal diversity.
To now account for a musical perspective, “Magic” showcases multiple vocal
styles: there is slower, calm singing; there is tuneful and soft note holds;
there is powerful, unison singing; there is rapping at certain moments. Adding
on top of all of those styles, the ubiquitous line alternating with members help
provide seamless transitions for when different styles take place.

Discussing
the sections, a landslide effect is in place. Because of the line distribution
influencing the vocals, the sections in “Magic” are expectedly affected as
well. However, the association is not as strong. From a vocal standpoint, the
sections may benefit, but when it comes to the structure of the sections,
neither the vocals or line share are major factors—if even factors at all. That
said, structurally a few sections suffer from repetition accumulating. For
example, the choruses, while filled with upbeat, powerful, tuneful and diverse singing,
dwindle in quality because of the flow; a stagnant form takes place considering
all three choruses are quite identical and lengthy. Homogeneously, the raps are
also sections that become impaired through failing to be dynamic. With the
raps, the flow and tune, while not distasteful, are nothing distinctive.
Because of such, mundaneness builds up, and with a lengthy duration akin to the
choruses, appeal is lost. Tagging on the instrumental as well, the same issue
translates: staleness, even if the sound itself is admirable. Nevertheless,
overall the sections and even instrumental still do fare well. Specifically with
the sections, the lowest ratings are at a six for “slightly above average.” For
the higher scores, both the introduction and conclusion excel, reasons being
that both the sonic and structural components are enticing.

Lastly,
for the lyrics, with many sections holding as unique and not mere replicas of
prior ones and accounting for the various details, a higher score is earned.
Most alluringly, the analogy regarding the love-interest lady being a magician
and the main character being trapped in a (love) spell serves the Lyrics
category incredibly well. Although this idea is not inherently an outstanding,
extraordinary plot, the details surrounding this main theme all remain thorough
and intriguing.

Concluding,
Super Junior’s “Magic” does only reach a six, but to be specific, it is only .1
of a rating score away from being rounded up to a seven. Despite what numbers
claim, however, “Magic” is an enjoyable song, and it is one that is flexible:
it serves well for a summer or Valentine’s Day song. Reiterating an earlier
point, the line distribution—regardless of what the rating for it is—is what
gives “Magic” its magic; through this single category, every other aspect is
positively benefitted in some manner. At worst, repetitiveness is the downfall
for the song, but even then, it is a minor one.

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I
have twelve minutes to post this before I would consider it “late.”
Miraculously, I have indeed finished this on time, and I hope on Tuesday I also
finish another review and to soon enough begin reviewing Stellar’s “Sting.” At
this rate, though, I am planning to dive directly into “Sting,” and will probably
do that. Thus, for the upcoming review, readers can expect Stellar to be of attention.

As
always, thank you for reading or skimming this review in full, and as said
earlier, I hope many had a wonderful Valentine’s Day or at least a wonderful
regular day. Look forward to Stellar’s “Sting,” and with that, a return to this
blog’s distinctive point: having lengthy discussions regarding social topics.
Predictably, much is to be said for “Sting” and slut-shaming, though I will say
that many are finally, and rightfully, giving Stellar the respect they deserve—socially
and musically. Stay tuned for the review. I will work hard to release it soon.
After all, “you’re so amazing; you’re like a clear flower, baby.”