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[Album & MV Review] Seventeen - 'Love&Letter'

By eric_r_wirsing   Monday, May 16, 2016   26,436   4,825   30
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SEVENTEEN - LOVE&LETTER


Tracklist:

1. Thumbs Up
2. You're Pretty (title track)
3. This Popularity
4. Trendy Song
5. Say Yes
6. Swept Away
7. Adore U (vocal team version)
8. Mansae (hip hop team version)
9. Shining Diamond (performance team version)
10. Love Letter


Having made a splash with their debut, Seventeen has a message for you with their romantic spring album "Love & Letter."  For this comeback they portray teenage boys head over heels in love for the first time. This is their first full album.

This disk holds some gems for the Seventeen fan. There are unreleased songs previously heard only in concert, as well as reworked tracks "Mansae," "Adore U" and "Shining Diamond," all by different subunits.



The title track is "You're Pretty," a bright, energetic pop tune. The melody itself reminds me of  '80s throwback -- I can't put my finger on it, but it sounds very familiar to my ears. Regardless, it's a perfect spring tune. The LP encompasses various genres, from dance pop to syrupy ballads, and the boys even flirt with R&B on "This Popularity" and "Trendy Song." The first one is a slow burner, and the boys sound positively seductive on here. It's just the kind of song to kick back with a drink and chill to. "Trendy Song" starts off similar, but trespasses into full-bodied funk during the chorus, making you want to get out of your seat and move.

The reworked tracks are just what you'd expect -- "Adore U" jerks more tears out of you than the original, "Mansae" has those electronic effects I crave, but "Shining Diamond" loses something in the remix -- the original pops a lot more while this version falls flat.



Ultimately this is a very dynamic album. I think the producers have done a good job with this disc. They've given you enough to sink your teeth into, but still leave you wanting more. The genre hopping is nothing new, but deftly done. All of this creates a pretty solid LP. If you're a fan, get this. If not, then why not?

MV REVIEW

The MV has a tried and true concept -- boys out to have fun on a night on the town. They trip through various hotspots, even hitting a bowling alley in one case, and engaging in antics that would get anyone kicked out of the establishment. Like the song, the video has a light, airy feel good vibe, and some of it even made me wistful.

This is a nicely filmed MV. I like some the hybrid techniques, where it's staged but still has an element of cinema verite to it. Even lacking dancing or wardrobe switch-ups, it was a fun whirligig ride through a night out with friends.



Whether or not they actually like each other is beyond the scope of this article, but it didn't like they were faking it, leading to more drama opportunities? One can hope, right?

So what do I think of this MV?


Score


MV Relevance..........8
MV Production.........8
MV Concept.............9
Album Production...9
Album Concept........8
Tracklisting..............9


OVERALL...............8.5



SEE ALSO: Seventeen tease MV for song to fans 'Smile Flower'

 

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CandyToo Wednesday, June 1, 2016

when u love every song in an album that have 10 songs :)

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Katrina_Chan Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Did he not listen to "Love Letter"? That's the best song :P

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Snana Tuesday, May 17, 2016

i give everything 100/10 XD from visual, talent, hardworking, teamwork, music, concept, tracklist and song are overall 100/10 !!! this guys are just awesome and impressive ! they had everything. woahhhhhh

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Mad_Decameter Monday, May 16, 2016

I think the MV is a 9.5? The MV audio is so bad it ruined the song although the song is 10/10. I hoped Pledis fix it, though it's impossible now TT but the album is really 10/10. You can have so many genres in one album and still get high quality songs. This album amazed me by its diversity. Keep improving, Seventeen! ^^

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Tabbyholic Mad_Decameter Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ikr!! the songs are all good! my favs are love letter, trendy song, and still lonely (this popularity)

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Katrina_Chan Monday, May 16, 2016

:D

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LhenWho Monday, May 16, 2016

I can feel alloverthegalaxy troll lives life waiting for any seventeen news and promotes them crazily. Are you doing this trolling to bring out the loyalty in every Carats to seventeen? How sweet of you. Yep im not replying to you to see if you are somehow in love with a carat catfight too. Anyways, these babies slay. You gotta hate it, cry for it and live with it cause they are not going gone. They will slay more and you will just stay there in front of your keyboard asking why your life sucks and seventeen dont and wont. Lol

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cameron_J LhenWho Tuesday, May 17, 2016

lol he is even in a nu'est article too,he must really like seventeen

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LhenWho cameron_J Tuesday, May 17, 2016

True. He cant get enough of seventeen to lurk in allkpop and make some noise when seventeen article come up. Pathetic to the highest level.

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cameron_J LhenWho Monday, May 23, 2016

i know lol,i found him in a monsta x article talking about seventeen

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iisstf28 Monday, May 16, 2016

I really liked that they tried many genres and they did it so well!! Seventeen is really good!!

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Katrina_Chan Monday, May 16, 2016

Hmm the music video was more irrelevant but the other tracks are underrated. I give it ... a 9?

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Alloverthegalaxy Monday, May 16, 2016

Seventeen rating,                                                                                                                     Looks: -∞/10                                                                                                                             Talent: -∞/10                                                                                                                             Dance: -∞/10                                                                                                                           Teamwork: -∞/10                                                                                                                       Singing: -∞/10                                                                                                                           Likability: -∞/10                                                                                                                          Attitude: -∞/10                                                                                                                           Copying: ∞/10

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Katrina_Chan Alloverthegalaxy Monday, May 16, 2016

trolls

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Katrina_Chan Monday, May 16, 2016

Giving Seventeen a negative infinity out of ten implies that they have very original concepts... thank you :D

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Hun_Han Alloverthegalaxy Monday, May 16, 2016

The only person who thinks this is you troll~ bye

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cameron_J Alloverthegalaxy Tuesday, May 17, 2016

lol he is just a troll,he is in every seventeen article

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Naryu cameron_J Tuesday, May 17, 2016

lmao nah he's in every article talking about seventeen

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cameron_J Naryu Friday, May 20, 2016

yeah i even saw him talking about seventeen in a nu'est article

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cameron_J Naryu Friday, May 20, 2016

he is trying hard not to slip into the diamond life

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MbaG007 Monday, May 16, 2016

Chuck and the Mansae hip hop version were my faves but the ballads f'd me right up.

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