Total Score: 5.60
Sound Quality: 5
Singing Quality: 5
Contextual Fit: 4
Release Date: 04/23/2008
Audio Only | Lyrics
This has such an annoying toddler introduction that I was all ready to give this a 2. But “Love Song” spends the rest of the introduction flirting with That One Song Everybody at SM did (you know, the one I talked about in “Happiness”) before becoming something slightly more complex.
Nobody super stands out here, even Kyuhyun (although he does do what is probably the most technically difficult line, with all the accidentals in the bridge on “Wo yexu bu congming, dan que zhenxin, tao ni huanxi”). (By the way, I just discovered that my css can’t handle “proper” Romanized Mandarin, with the accent marks – it looks super ugly. So I guess I’m just going to do this accentless.) But at the same time, nobody is bad. The “ai ni, ai ni”s in the chorus leap forward, and yes even though the backing instrumentation sounds like That One Song, there’s an uptick in the general bloopiness of it which makes it a bit more interesting than usual. And I like the rhythmic pattern in the verses on phrases like “mishile ziwo I don’t know, wo xiang yao ai ni I know.”
I idly wonder, what was behind the selection for Donghae? Hangeng is obvious, Zhou Mi and Henry are also native Mandarin speakers, Ryeowook and Kyuhyun were two of the best singers and no prior subunit experience other than KRY, Siwon (or SM) probably wanted to get more famous in China with acting/etc, and Donghae is… for dancing? Better language aptitude than Eunhyuk? SJ-M had no rappers, unless you dubiously count Donghae or Henry. Maybe just, he needed to be in a subunit? It’s a weird pick when you think about it too hard.