Most people should be familiar with Super Junior‘s 2009 hit ‘Sorry Sorry‘, which marked the beginning of Hallyu (Korean) wave taking international stage. It is a dance song underlined by heavy electronic beats, with a trance-like chorus featuring repeated, monotonous notes (very minimalist here!). Not as well known is this R&B remix version of the famous dance track, released in late 2009.
‘Sorry Sorry – Answer‘ is vocally led by the 3 most competent singers of the group (known as the K.R.Y unit), as well as Yoo Young Jin, singer-songwriter and producer for various famous KPOP groups. Sadly, Yoo only participated in the Studio Version but never performed it live with the boys.
There are not many similarities that one can draw between the remix and the original, apart from its iconic chorus. The verses and bridges have been replaced by soulful melodies, challenging adlibs, and high notes. I love everything about this remix, not only because I am a high notes fanatic, but also it showcases the members’ vocal ranges and styles very well. Yesung (pink hair)’s husky and emotional voice suits R&B better, but his control is not as good as the other two.
Although this remix is meant to step away from the original, there are repeated, trance-like elements in the song (not including the chorus) which stand out to me – e.g. first line of the pre-chorus at 1.36, the instrumental bridge at 2.35, etc. I feel that these were deliberately added to preserve some of the original feels of the song.
Oh, and for those who claim that Super Junior cannot sing – you better think twice before making that kind of sweeping statement again. ;)