Total Score: 3.20
Sound Quality: 3
Singing Quality: 3
Contextual Fit: 2
Release Date: 11/08/2005
Lyrics Only (turn on annotations)
Oh dear. I can’t give “L.O.V.E” the benefit that “Over” had, of being a decently written (if somewhat outdated-sounding) song, just not so decently performed. “L.O.V.E” is bad all around. This is, absurdly given the tone, a “my life is over because you broke up with me” song, but Kibum’s English rap that bookends this song makes virtually no sense in any context that I can think of, outside of dance routines:
Do we have to spread out for you?
I don’t think so. We have to spread out for us!
Shindong is not here, which means that the world did not get to hear from Shindong on an official SJ recording until a month later when the Twins album came out. (I certainly hope so, anyway, cause if he’s not on that, well…)
We once again have sloppy, slurry runs all around, though Leeteuk manages a decent one at the end of the second chorus, on “L to the O to the V to the E, gojise sogassoooo.” Ryeowook manages to sound simultaneously more throaty and more tinny than he should, Eunhyuk gets to sing but the mixing is so strange that it’s hard to clearly even tell that it’s him, and Yesung has a weird unedited blurp on “Nomanul wihan gora, yongwodo igil gora”. How many takes did they do of this? Why wasn’t this caught? I know they were rookies but given how many of them there were, if I were Lee Soo Man, wouldn’t I want to expend a little bit of energy on making sure you put out the most quality product that was possible?
Or was/is the thought that “they’re cute and charismatic, and the single’s good enough, so it doesn’t really matter how shit the B-sides are, people will buy a zillion copies anyway?” Or alternately, “I am not particularly invested in how well this new group sells?” In which case, a) that’s crap and b) what’s even the point of making the song?