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[Album & MV Review] Seventeen - 'Love & Letter' (Repackage Album)

By jubilantj   Wednesday, July 13, 2016   27,434   3,709   0
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Seventeen -- 'Love & Letter' 


Track list:


1. No F.U.N

2. Very Nice

3. Healing

4. Simple

5. Space

6. Chuck

7. Pretty U

8. Still Lonely

9. Hit Song

10. Say Yes

11. Drift Away

12. Adore U (vocal team version) 

13. Mansae (hip hop team version)

14. Shining Diamond

15. Love Letter 



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Just about two months after the release of 'Love & Letter,' Seventeen returned to the music scene with a loaded repackage album of the same name.






The album is indeed loaded, featuring a total of 15 tracks, marking the group's first full length LP--a difficult feat for a K-Pop act to accomplish, particularly for a relatively new act like Seventeen. The boys did it all the same, proving themselves to be more than just super rookies but performers who are also producers--something that K-Pop acts aren't really known for. So before I launch into my review, many rounds of applause toward Seventeen for holding up on their own without the need to hire an external producer. Keep it up, boys! 




Now getting back to the album...I won't be holding back here in saying that I much preferred the latter half 'Love & Letter's repackage album to the first half. In other words, the new songs on the repackage album were a sore letdown. For the first half of the album, aside from "Very Nice," and to a lesser degree "Pretty U," I didn't like any of the songs. "No F.U.N"? For an opening song it was flagging, a half-hearted hip hop track featuring tribal style chanting and drums. Props to Seventeen for mixing unconventional elements into the song and experimenting; it just didn't work, and overall, the track was...no fun. 






On the other hand, I LOOOOOOOOVED "Very Nice" for its terrifically addictive hook. When that big brass-inspired melody kicks in at the chorus, I get this uncontrollable urge to wriggle my body every which way and yell "VERY NICE!" at the top of my lungs because the song is very, very nice. Now this is the kind of Seventeen I like - overpoweringly catchy hooks a la "Adore U" and "Mansae," which set them apart from the other rookie groups. 






So you can just imagine my disappointment when the other new tracks on the repackage album turned out to be generic and colorless. "Healing" sounds like the corny jingle to a summer resort/Christian bible camp commercial, and I couldn't bring myself to like it no matter how hard I tried. "Simple" was much the same; in fact, it sounded almost just like "Healing" thanks to the same echoing-style piano and synths. It is basically the more melodic, slowed down version of "Healing"; I don't know if that was intended, but as a listener I couldn't help but note how distinguishably undistinguishable the two tracks were. 






Now before you curse me to hell for all eternity, let me add that I truly like the original tracks that were on the non-repackage version of 'Love & Letter.' My favorites off the album are "Still Lonely," "Hit Song," "Say Yes," "Drift Away," and "Adore U (vocal team version)" as they are richer in both melody and emotion. These three tracks may sound like there isn't much going on, stripped bare of all the superfluous overproduction, but that's exactly what makes these songs such gems. Unlike "Healing," "No F.U.N," and "Simple," which overshadow their own potential with unnecessary elements like the infernal echoing effect and the near-sickening abundance of synths, the album's latter half imposes more effectively with simple yet memorable arrangements. 






"Still Lonely" is such a groovy track, and I thought the lyrics in particular were deeply earnest yet clever, exploring the feeling of hollow emptiness which is an inevitable presupposition of popularity. "Hit Song," unlike the title itself alludes, is not an upbeat track that you might have imagined; rather, it's a slow, R&B inspired track overwrought with yearning. And I love it, unlike the generic songs which made up the first half of the album. "Say Yes" is another gem, a lovely piano ballad mixed with symphonies that allows us a more intimate listen of Seventeen's gemlike vocals. And by god, this vocal team version of "Adore U" is the best thing on this album. I thought that I wouldn't like anything better than the original, but Seventeen succeeded in proving me dead wrong with this version. It's the song I've had on repeat the most on the entire album, and for good reason. When that "Whooooo~~ baayybeee~~ yeaaahhhhh" rolls into my ears in the beginning, I nearly die. Every time. 




Unfortunately, I wasn't too keen about the hip hop team version of "Mansae." I still much prefer the original. I will praise the hip hop team for taking an entirely different approach with the track and making it their own; it just wasn't to my liking. "Shining Diamond" and "Love Letter" were not the best album closing tracks, especially the latter, falling short of the immediately preceding tracks which were so impressive.




MV Review 


This is such a fun MV to a fun song, if I may say so myself! The boys are full of energy as they playfully court that special damsel. I like the literal imagery they used in the MV, showing the boys' chests bursting spontaneously forth with confetti. The confetti represents their feelings toward the girl--feelings which are so great that they cannot possibly contain them. Imagine if every boy that really liked you burst with confetti like Seventeen did ever time he saw you...sweet. Free confetti. 


The dancing and the outfits also couldn't be more fitting for the song: playful, peppy, and performed with an underlying sense of urgency and excitement. Ah, young and innocent love. That's what it is. You just can't help but smile at how cute the boys are, reveling in that sweet feeling of romance. It's a feel-good video that will leave you feeling, well, all good on the inside. A solid "Umji Chuck"!


Score


MV Relevance.........9
MV Production........9
MV Concept.............8 

Album Production...7
Album Concept........7
Tracklisting..............7


OVERALL.............7.8

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ohnoitsmebruhs Thursday, July 14, 2016

How funny, since 'no fun' was the most requested song and majority of the fans loved it.

Tabbyholic ohnoitsmebruhs Thursday, July 14, 2016

ikr

CandyToo ohnoitsmebruhs Thursday, July 14, 2016

exactly

JYJ_noona Thursday, July 14, 2016

AKP reviewing every album out there as if they are professionals when it comes to music.. enough of your bullshits

megamanx JYJ_noona Thursday, July 14, 2016

Yet here you are.

JYJ_noona megamanx Friday, July 15, 2016

your point???

megamanx JYJ_noona Friday, July 15, 2016

My point is you're complaining yet you still come to allkpop which to me is a headscratcher.

CandyToo Thursday, July 14, 2016

DAFAK? HEALING, SIMPLE, NO FUN, VERY NICE AND SPACE ARE MY SHIT, MY JAM AND MY LIFE. THEY'RE SUCH GOOD SONGS AND THE LYRICS ARE SOOOO FREAKING MEANINGFUL AND DEEP AND THE SONGS ARE SOOOOO CATCHY.

Mad_Decameter Wednesday, July 13, 2016

You know what, AKP? I don't care your review at all because I think the new repackage song is the best song I've heard from them. Now, let me explain why THIS ALBUM IS THE ALBUM OF LIFE. First, No FUN? It really showcase their talent, and the beat is unique that makes you curious to what's in there. Very Nice is kind of addicting, and well, it's one of the best title track they have imo. Healing? Wah... I can't believe you dislike Healing! This track is officially my most favorite track of Seventeen. The arrangements are very amazing and adding beatful tempo but soothing melody are very clever. I have to say, I disagree with you for Simple too. Simple is not only the most emotional song of Seventeen, but it really showcase life, either the melody or the lyrics. This is the song that I will listen everyday when I'm alone or thinking. I have to say, I can feel Woozi's emotion from this song and this song is so beautiful I sometimes want to cry hearing it. Can't See the End is probably the bestest hip-hop unit featured song. It makes you think of the past, the present and the future. The slow rhythm matches the lyrics and their slow rap accompany the melody perfectly, added by DK's unique note that makes you go emotional(again). If you don't agree with me it's fine, AKP, but I let you know, don't EVER underistemate Seventeen's production. You can say you dislike this (and you give them a 7?!?! Wth is wrong with you! This album deserves even 9!) but a lot of people love this album more than the previous album. Just because you don't, it's not the excusement for giving them a bad review. THANK YOU.

ygbad_boy Wednesday, July 13, 2016

It was okay... not really my kinda of music but AKP seriously 7.8? This album deserves at least 8 or 8.5...

megamanx ygbad_boy Thursday, July 14, 2016

78 cents is pretty close to 80 cents if you ask me. 7.8 vs 8.0 (not much of a difference yo)

ygbad_boy megamanx Thursday, July 14, 2016

for a complete full length album...? It falls pretty short tbh... I don't even like this group but it just shows how biased the reviewers here are.

megamanx ygbad_boy Friday, July 15, 2016

I think this album is actually should be rated a 6 and that reviewer gave too high a score. What reviews aren't biased, you're supposed to give your opinion in a review?

ygbad_boy megamanx Saturday, July 16, 2016

not really... a real review is also to analyze the product in an objective way. To see the pros and cons so that people can make their own opinion after that. To be ojective is the key. Reviews for Taeyeon's album are way too high (it got 9) and it's honestly pretty much the same as this album (both don't bring anything new at the table of KPop) and both are pretty much the same. Hence why I said they're biased.

JungkookxYonghwa Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Completely off-topic but I'm so glad that guy cut his hair. He looks a thousand times better now (I don't know any of the names, sorry)

gerururu JungkookxYonghwa Thursday, July 14, 2016

Do you mean Vernon? The one with ginger-ish hair :3

JungkookxYonghwa gerururu Thursday, July 14, 2016

I'm talking about the one with dark brown hair. He used to have like LONG hair; I often mistook him for a girl

gerururu JungkookxYonghwa Thursday, July 14, 2016

Ah, you mean Jeonghan!! he looks so angelic ngl

mfmgomes Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mine is a 9.9 ^^ hahaha

Baekk97 Wednesday, July 13, 2016

In another article I said I didn't like Seventeen but now I took the time to listen to their album and it's great. I loved it. Same thing with Astro, they are really talented.

InZommBerZ Baekk97 Thursday, July 14, 2016

thank you for trying out SVT ^^

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