Super Junior duo get sentimental
LEAVING their comical antics behind, Lee Dong Hae and Eun Hyuk of K-pop group Super Junior have taken their duo ballad efforts to new beginnings with the unveiling of Super Junior D&E's first full-length album, The Beat Goes On.
After making their debut back in 2011 with the hit electro pop-dance single Oppa, D&E have had few musical releases, with the last digital single Still You released locally in 2013. D&E produced a full-length Japanese album last year, but have now returned home with their newest ballad-R&B Korean album released on Thursday.
"It has been a long time since we released an album together, so we really felt the pressure," said Eun Hyuk during a press conference at the SMTOWN@coexartium Theatre in Gangnam-gu on Thursday.
"I am so happy that we are able to return to Korea this time because we put a lot of work into this new album," Dong Hae added.
The duo's new album features seven tracks, including lead single Growing Pains, which was co-written and co-produced by Dong Hae. Both members stated that the album songs have a more touching and heartfelt nature, to coincide with the still brisk and lonesome winter-like weather - the opposite of some of the duo's previous upbeat and dynamic releases.
"I think compared to Dong Hae, I have always projected a bright and real comical personality...however, this time around with this album, I decided to tone down my comedic image and show that I too can be sensitive," Eun Hyuk explained.
"The album's title track, Growing Pains, is all about how you feel after a bad break-up, so I think it's a song that most people can relate to," he added.
Super Junior D&E released their official music video for Growing Pains on Friday. It had garnered over one million views on YouTube as of 9pm yesterday.
THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK