Disco Drive

Total Score: 5.20

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MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 4
Singing Quality: 6
Contextual Fit: 3

Lyrics Only | Live (from 2009, minimally remixed, makes much better use of hook)

Release Date: 09/20/2007

Boy, with a title like that, this should be exciting, right?!?

Ehhhhhhh. When the disco comes in, after the first two lines, it is a bit exciting; that walking bass is pretty groovy. But the problem is that that particular part of the song is later used for the “La la la laaaaaa la la la, la la la laaaaaa la la la” bit, which is the only actively good part of the song. The rest of the chord progressions in the song seem sort of aimless; the verses are at least two lines too long and there’s no bridge, unless you count Eunhyuk and Shindong’s rap break, which is a rap break, not a bridge. There’s no hooks at all anywhere to be found, aside from “lalala”, and the choruses are all assigned to KRY, which it’s not like they couldn’t do it but that makes no sense on a song like this? This was written by Yoon Jongshin who is a cool dude who wears sunglasses on the red carpet and who also is a pretty famous singer/songwriter in South Korea.

Singing quality is nothing to write home about, although Kangin finishes that first line on a note somewhere between B♭3 and A3 (Donghae confirms in the second verse that the note was supposed to be an A3). KRY all get a crack at a B♭4 after the “la la la”s, and R’s is probably the best; K’s is decent and Y is clearly straining.

This is clearly supposed to be a fun party song where everybody can bounce around and smile and sing along, but with so few hooks, the singalong won’t happen effectively, and you know what works much better at smiley bounce? “You’re My Endless Love.” Take that, Mr. Fancypants Songwriter. It’s funny, in that live video, which has automatic extra energy due to visuals of SJ bouncing around and audience screaming and stuff, to hear someone count off “1, 2, 3, 4!!!” just before the zzzzz chorus.

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