Friday, October 26th, 2018

Super Junior ft. Reik – One More Time (Otra Vez)

Sorry, Sorry, but we’re covering another Super Junior single. It’s a Miracle! Give them One More Chance?


Edward Okulicz: Mostly indistinct, but “One More Time” is low-key and enjoyable. Super Junior are certainly committed to this Latin pop phase, and it’s got a fun call-and-response chorus. Mostly I’m imagining how cool it’ll be when a big mainstream Latin group makes a huge stylistic diversion into k-pop, because my attention does wander during the verses.

Leonel Manzanares de la Rosa: Super Junior, already one of the most popular K-Pop groups in the Latin market, tried to make lightning strike twice after April’s amazing “Lo Siento”, but what made that one such a banger was the seamless incorporation of the tropical trends, the traditional Latin pop sound, and the classic SuJu harmonies; “One More Time” is merely an implementation of the Ryeowook-led vocals on top of the Reik template, at least the most recent version of it. It doesn’t do much for the Koreans, but it somehow brought us the best Reik-related single in half a decade. 

Thomas Inskeep: Songs like this are the sound of what pop is about to sound like all over: truly global, cross-cultural, trans-national, mixing languages as easily as musical styles. This slinky little number features K-popsters Super Junior singing all sexy against a light reggaetòn shuffle, while Mexican trio Reik provide accompaniment and choral assist. I wanna climb in between silk sheets with this song.

Will Adams: The concept — making global pop that feels organic and not cynical trend-jacking — is admirable, though hopefully subsequent iterations will take a more imaginative approach than “verses one language chorus a different language” and “reggaeton but with slightly more K-pop bloops.”

Alex Clifton: Where can I buy a whole album of this? And where’s the mashup with “Despacito” that this song begs for?

Cassy Gress: Super Junior, the kings of Hallyu, have been popular in South America since at least 2011; they have included South America in their tours since 2013, they released “Mamacita” (which is at least aesthetically Latin-influenced) in 2014, and this year “Lo Siento” got them up to #13 on the Billboard US Latin Digital Song Sales chart. With that kind of success, why not double down with a mini-album entirely themed around Latin sounds, with a Luis Miguel cover to boot? I mean, yes, it does feel like a cash-in, but it’s a much nicer, grooveable song to listen to, and definitely more earwormy with the singalong “OTRA VEZ!“, than some of their other recent singles have been.

Iain Mew: Mostly nondescript in an all too familiar way, but the title as exclamation works brilliantly, and could go into anywhere such a thing was needed. “Looking like a pair of clowns, clowns, clowns (otra vez!)” “She even caught me on camera (otra vez!)” “I get up when I want, except on Wednesdays when I get rudely awakened by the dustman (otra vez!)”

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2 Responses to “Super Junior ft. Reik – One More Time (Otra Vez)”

  1. lol @ Iain making a kpop “Parklife”

  2. Iain I’m cry