Total Score: 4.40
Sound Quality: 3
Singing Quality: 5
Contextual Fit: 3
Release Date: 04/23/2008
So, apparently, going by the transliteration linked above, “le” sounds like “luh”, almost “lo.” Similarly, “ne” is “nuh”/”no.” But not the same as say, “guo” which is more actively an “o” sound. I wonder if that’s really how it is, or whether Korean being a first language has anything to do with it.
These are the things I pay attention to in this song, given that almost all the phrases in the verses end with “le” or “ne”. Because nothing else positive in the song jumped out at me.
I say weak musical structure, because although it’s the pretty standard verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus-chorus, none of it is spaced right. The choruses stretch out a bit at the end (this is the part that reminds me of “H.I.T.”), and the bridge doesn’t, which makes the bridge sound like it’s being cut off by a chorus. It also causes a bland “buffering” sort of bar between those last two choruses, because of the chorus not fitting into 8 bars evenly. And at the end, despite the fact that in terms of vocals this is a very straightforward non-ad-libby sort of song, the producer went AH CRAP WE FORGOT TO ADLIB so had someone (Kyuhyun? I can’t really tell) go “Whoaoaoahaoaoaooaa” over the emptiness after the last note. It’s a forlorn breakup song, lyrically, but the end of the chorus sounding so much like the end of “H.I.T”‘s chorus, and me associating THAT so strongly with police procedurals, kind of ruins anything there could have been for me.