SuperM - The 1st Mini Album
SuperM feels more like a supernova than a constellation of separate stars. Its seven members hail from the already massive groups SHINee (Taemin), EXO (Baekhyun and Kai), NCT 127 (Taeyong and Mark), and Chinese band WayV (Lucas and Ten), and the combined triple threat—rapping, singing, choreography—opens up a tantalizing possibility: What if SuperM was the A-team? “Jopping” (jumping + popping = “jopping,” get it?) certainly is a hit any group would covet. SuperM’s rappers—Lucas, Mark, and Taeyong—sound especially hyped here, comfortably spitting English and Korean bars over the song’s blend of EDM, pop, and crunk. Ditto the sleek and sexy “2 Fast” and the slow and low “Super Car.” The group puts their high registers to test on the ballad “I Can’t Stand the Rain” as barrel drumbeats heighten the drama. This mini-album shows that SuperM has the musical component locked down. Combined with their uptown Mad Max look, charisma, and flawless dancing, SuperM’s future is as sky-high as they want it to be.