Total Score: 6.80
Sound Quality: 7
Singing Quality: 7
Contextual Fit: 3
Release Date: 09/20/2007
“You’re My Endless Love” is a song that is not entirely sure what it is. First verse, pretty straightforward ballad with a little kick. First chorus and onward, UK 2-step, or something like it (that’s what the drum pattern reminds me of). Kibum/Eunhyuk rap break, guitar riffs lifted out of “Happiness.”
But honestly, everybody sounds pretty good here. That opening verse is too low for Donghae, but Sungmin (who sings next) could have gotten it, and I don’t know why they didn’t just switch places. Outside of that, almost everyone sounds good, even Leeteuk who gets to belt a B♭5, although both his and Sungmin’s vibratos both sound too mechanical, like Leeteuk’s line comes off “negen deulliji anha-a-a-a-a-a.” I don’t think this ever significantly improved, but PROVE ME WRONG, KIDS. But, in the interest of not picking on Sungmin too much, he has a very sweet sounding E♭4 in the first verse. Hangeng doesn’t get anything to do other than sing the title of the song twice in English, and in both cases, his voice comes off like it has that nasal quality that Donghae’s ah vowels tend to have, but coming less out of his nose and more out of his soft palate. But Hangeng never had one of the better voices in the group – I think (and as usual, this is not meant to be a dig on Hangeng) that SM added him because he was attractive, a very good dancer, and Chinese and thus an entry into the Chinese market. (This did not work out so well for them. With EXO either, really, which I think was supposed to be a do-over on the SJ-M concept.)
Hrm. The original version I listened to of this (not linked above) was lower-quality, and now listening to a better copy, exactly whoooo is doing those harmonies behind Kangin in the second verse? “Bogoshiptteon eolguri (I’ll see you tonight) sajinsoge isseodo (so everything seems to be fine)” or similar. That English is pronounced better than anyone in SJ was doing at the time. In terms of tone it sounds like it miiight have some Donghae, Kyuhyun or Yesung in it but I think it is really Yoo Youngjin, in which case out! Out with you and your better-than-everybody-in-SJ vocals! Begone! Get your own album!
This song is actually growing on me quite a bit. Enough that a couple of days later I keep coming back to this. I like the rhythm in the chorus on “saranghadeon manheun naldeuri gieogi”; I like how it’s a ballady love song that you can dance to. I’m glad one of these came along.