As a group, EXO have supplied us with some of the most unique, hard hitting tracks of the past few years. Not only that, but the groups diverse roster of vocalists and performers make the idea of solo work and incredibly exciting prospect. Unfortunately, most of the members solo work has left me feeling rather cold. Rather than pursue multiple musical directions unique to their personalities, each solo project so far has felt more like a dedication to current trends. This extends to leader Suho’s Let’s Love (사랑, 하자).
Much like both Chen and Baekhyun’s solo efforts, Let’s Love is simply pleasant. For fans of the group, that might be enough, but I crave some more ambition behind these songs. They’ll sell a-lot of album and no doubt do well on the charts, but I doubt I’ll be able to remember a song like Let’s Love a month on from now.
While Let’s Love doesn’t really do anything bad, there isn’t really much to grasp onto either. I like how it tries to incorporate rock influences, but they’re used far too sparingly to really have any real impact. I understand what they were going for, but Let’s Love falls much more heavily into standard balladry than the “modern rock” song it is being billed as. There really isn’t any point of calling it a rock song if those guitars and percussion are hidden so far back in the mix that hearing them is a challenge in itself. In fact, I think the track would have been much better had it been given a complete production overhaul. More in the vein of Kim Heechul’s great Old Movie from last year.
Final Rating: 6.25 / 10