Total Score: 6.40
Sound Quality: 7
Singing Quality: 7
Contextual Fit: 2
Release Date: 03/12/2009
I was really looking forward to getting into the Sorry, Sorry album, given that the Don’t Don album was so surprisingly good, at least on the front end where (I think) the newer songs were. This is a good start!
“Why I Like You” reminds me not insignificantly of “It’s You”, which we’ll get to in the next couple of weeks. They both have a relentless, thumping bass drum, acoustic guitar, and a rhythmic pattern in the background that rides through large swaths of the song. And someone singing a loud long note to transition into the last chorus. This song still only has eight people on it, like “Sorry, Sorry” did, which is annoying; it doesn’t even have a rap for Eunhyuk and Shindong to show up on. But if there’s no rap, and Heechul and Kibum are intentionally gone, then that leaves only nine guys to sing.
The “I do”s from “Marry U” are revived here, by Donghae, less obviously in the context of marriage: here it’s “Oneul achim geudae aju malgeun moksorineun, I do, I do, I do, yeah.” It’s about her voice in the morning. Speaking of the verses, I like the way Sungmin’s (and later Siwon’s) phrases land on the opening beat of the next bar; it makes everything feel both hyper-rhythmic and connected.
But the best part of “Why I Like You” isn’t the verses, or the fact that Kyuhyun gets elevated to “adlib over the last chorus” status alongside the rest of KRY; it’s those dreamy falsetto “rago marhaaall ddaaaaaaae”s and “nareul midgeeee dwaaaaaes,” which from what I’m seeing are not sung by any one person but clearly audibly are (I’d guess Ryeowook, and maybe Kyuhyun). (In the live video, a bunch of people who have no business singing those notes do it, and do it badly.) The backing vocals fluctuate an “ahh” between B3 and A#3, fitting very nicely with the chord pattern, which fluctuates between G# minor, F# major and E major.
To be honest, this doesn’t sound like a “why I like you” kind of song! It’s a good song, but it sounds like it’s about, I dunno, a date on a starry night or something. Maybe a date in which SJ is about to propose to their girl. Not “you’re just so cool.” Maybe it’s the “It’s You”-ness of it overriding anything else.