I, being the loyal ELF I am, had impatiently waited for this album to come out. And once it did, I immediately downloaded it and saved it on my iPhone to listen to as I sleep. Actually, it wasn’t even available yet on any non-Korean downloading sites so I just merely took the audio from YouTube videos and saved it.
And I must say, I am far from disappointed with this album. At first, I had my doubts. I kept wondering how on earth they were going to fit the phrase, ‘Sexy, Free and Single’ in a song. I expected them to repeat it a few several times since Suju is known for doing that. Don’t believe me? Well, let me take you back to their past singles:
Sorry sorry sorry sorry
Bonamana bonamana bonamana
Bwara Mr. Simple, simple
Of course, when I heard the teaser, my faith was immediately restored. I don’t know if I’m just a really huge ELF but I became really excited after the teaser came out. I was like, ‘Oh my God, they look so hot!’ and ‘Oh my God, this is so cool!’ and ‘Oh my God, Kangin’s back!’. I could not stop replaying it.
And later on, when the full song came out, I was a bit disappointed. I expected to hear more clapping, just like the teaser provided. But nevertheless, I fell in love with the song anyway, along with all the other songs.
My favorites have got to be the following (in no particular order):
- From U
- Sexy, Free and Single
- A ‘Good’bye
Like any other person, I have my share of likes and dislikes about this album.
1. Line Distribution
I like the fact that I hear a lot of Eunhyuk, Donghae and Sungmin’s vocals in 6jib. (86 line for the win!) I especially noticed that Sungmin can be heard a lot in the album and my, my, he surely did not disappoint. I’m especially in love with his voice in ‘Daydream’.
But unfortunately, I don’t hear a lot of Leeteuk and Siwon in the album. Of course, I can understand Siwon’s situation. He’s travelling back and forth from China a lot lately; it’s even preventing him from participating in album promotions. And I wish I could have heard more from Leeteuk. After all, this is his last album before he enlists.
Okay, so I adored their teaser photos, even if it is unrelated to their actual concept. Even my mom was impressed with the photography. I have to admit, I didn’t really like the last album’s teaser photos; they were too…far-out for me. But still, I enjoyed them. But I love the 6jib teasers more.
As we all know, they covered Eunhyuk’s eyes once again. – sigh – But I don’t really have much to complain about because he still looked very striking even with his eyes being covered with flowers and a single bubble.
Also, wow, Sungmin looked gorgeous. I guess that since Heechul’s still inactive, their stylists have no one to dress up and apply feminine touches on anymore, so they settled on Minnie. But during performances on music shows, he looks hot with his messy blonde hair and occasional guyliner. I especially liked this look on him though:
Speaking of blonde hair, I love all of their hairstyles and hair colors right now. You guys won’t believe how glad I was when I found out Kyuhyun finally cut his hair. I mean, I love Kyu and all but I prefer him with shorter hair. Also, I’m glad Eunhyuk has finally settled on one hair color after the period of various hair-dying he went through a few months ago. Altogether, they all look gorgeous.
On a side note, sometimes, it’s hard for me to tell Sungmin and Shindong apart with them being both blonde and having almost the exact same bodies. Shindong’s lost a lot of weight now; it’s really noticeable.
Although…I don’t see much of a difference in Donghae and Siwon’s hair this time. But it’s just as well, they don’t usually change their hairstyles very often.
The one thing I was surprised at is the album cover. If they were going to make a cover like that, then they should have done it for Mr. Simple since the concept is supposed to be ‘simple’ and that’s exactly what 6jib’s cover is: simple. But after seeing Eunhyuk holding it during one of their SNL skits, I started thinking that it was kinda cool. When you hold it, it’s like you’re holding a book but really, you’re browsing through pictures of our Suju babies, their thank you messages and song lyrics. xD
3. Music Video
As usual, they’re dancing in boxes again. But my mother had enlightened me on this subject my reminding me that it’s easier (and probably cheaper) to use their own sets instead of filming outdoors. It’s easier to control the lighting, the sound, etc. And besides, I like how they decorated the boxes differently this time.
The outfits are definitely sexy. And the dance seems more complicated compared to ‘Mr. Simple’. They must get a real work-out just by dancing the whole song.
There is one thing that bugs me though. I always get really annoyed whenever that ad at the bottom of the video pops up. SM’s been doing that in all of their videos lately. I guess we’ll just have to put up with it.
Oh, and I just have to say that I love that bit where they all walk towards the center in slow motion and then stand in one straight line, posing coolly. If these guys are trying to kill me with their sexiness, then they’ve already succeeded a million times.
I love how another song composed by Eunhyuk is included in the album. Although ‘Gulliver’ took a little getting used to at first (whenever they chant ‘Gulliver’, I feel like I’m in some sort of tribal war), I can’t get enough of it now. But I do wish EunHae’s song ‘Oh No’ was included. I was looking forward to hearing a clearer audio version of it ever since they performed it at SS4 Tokyo.
And I’m thrilled that Kangin is finally back after three whole years. I can still recognize his voice after all this time. The one thing that makes me sad is the fact that this is Leeteuk’s last album before he goes to the army.
Like everyone else, I mistook the lyrics for ‘Sexy, Free and Single and ready to mingle’. The real lyrics don’t seem to make sense at first but I’ve come to understand it. Let me explain my theory on this.
‘Sexy, Free and Single I’m ready too bingo’. By saying this, they’re saying that not only are they sexy, free and single, but they’re also ready. And ‘bingo’ in this context doesn’t refer to the game; it means ‘good!’ or ‘daebak!’. So it’s just like this: ‘Sexy, free and single, I’m ready too. Bingo!’
And I’m not even offended by the slight mispronunciation of some lyrics in some songs. For example, Yesung pronouncing ‘rockstar’, ‘lockstar’ and him saying ‘face’ instead of ‘fail’. In fact, I find it adorable. Also, who can resist Kyuhyun’s, ‘`Cuz I’m a rocksterrrr’?
So all in all: