Super Junior subunit D&E, named for its two members Donghae and Eunhyuk, is back with its second mini-album, “’Bout You.” The mini-album is as long as some groups’ full studio albums, rounding out at eight tracks and traveling through such a range of genres and sounds that it’s hard to tell where home base is. At the end of the day, though, the sound-exploring is to its credit, keeping the album from stagnating at the title track’s bland brand of trap-pop. “’Bout You,” which shares its name with the album, is just the latest in 2018’s string of dull and clichéd summer dance tracks.
The thing to keep in mind with comebacks like this is that Donghae and Eunhyuk, Super Junior’s dancers, are here to put on a performance, not to deliver the artsiest song of the year. They even participated in the writing and composition of “’Bout You.” Still, “’Bout You” sounds like any old summer song. Layers of autotune squeeze any semblance of substance out of a vocal melody with a predictable rhythm that barely covers more than five notes. In short, we’ve heard this track dozens of times before. Luckily that’s not the case with the full album, which jumps from the more satisfying hip-hop of “Rum Dee Dee” to the ponderous, 90s-inspired “Evanesce II” (evidently a follow-up to Super Junior’s song “Evanesce”), from the bluesy rock of “Lost” to the chilling “Illusion.” Past the beginning, it’s not a boring album in the slightest. I only wish “Rum Dee Dee” or perhaps “Livin’ In” had been given the title track position.
’BOUT YOU: KAYBOP OR KAYFLOP? It kinda flops.
Take a look at Super Junior D&E’s “’Bout You” MV below: