GFriend – “Love Whisper” Review

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GFriend – Love Whisper

Reviewed on September 23, 2017

While I do agree with many that this song is worth praising, I still find that there are some questionable aspects. Specifically, while many are praising the choruses in “Love Whisper,” I will challenge that point by arguing that, as beneficial as the choruses are, there are some downsides to them that fans have not necessarily discussed.  

Personal Message:
I sincerely apologize to readers for
not posting any reviews in twenty days or so. Moreover, to those who have
requested reviews, I do apologize for not getting to those requests directly and
am instead reviewing another song. The reason behind this is that, truthfully,
I have yet to analyze those requested songs. I have, on the other hand, done
all the analytical work for “Love Whisper” and merely need to write the review—hence
why this review is prioritized ahead of requests when that is never the case. Thankfully,
once this review is finished, I will promptly work on the requested reviews and
hope to finish them both by next week. (I also have another bonus drama review
in mind after a friend recommended another one to watch.) As for my absence, I
have been incredibly busy with university work. On the positive side, however,
with reviews being fairly more concise than usual and that I am still attempting
to make my writing more concise (this is where my writing is oftentimes
rightfully critiqued), I find that reviews will resume a normal schedule soon.

Onto this review, “Love Whisper” is
GFriend’s latest comeback—though they have released an extended, different
title track as of a few days ago. But, in a technical sense, I still consider “Love
Whisper” their main comeback and a relevant one. Many fans and listeners have
been praising this song—musically for Yuju’s part in the choruses, but also
that conceptually GFriend has returned to their “standard sound.” (And for
context, their prior comeback, “Fingertip,” was a different concept—both stylistically
and musically.) While I do agree with many that this song is worth praising, I
still find that there are some questionable aspects. Specifically, while many
are praising the choruses in “Love Whisper,” I will challenge that point by
arguing that, as beneficial as the choruses are, there are some downsides to
them that fans have not necessarily discussed.

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Song Score: 7/10
(6.50/10 raw score) – “Above average”


Vocals: 6/10


Sections: 7/10
(6.67/10 raw score)

Introduction, Verse,
Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus, Conclusion

1.     Introduction:
6/10

2.     Verse: 6/10

3.     Pre-Chorus: 6/10

4.     Chorus: 8/10

5.     Bridge: 7/10

6.     Conclusion: 7/10


Instrumental: 7/10


Lyrics: 6/10

I can’t express my heart
Like the nice breeze
and the song we listened to together
I feel good, especially today

Under the dazzling and clear sky
On a day where sweat beads fall
We’re holding hands and walking
on top of the messy flower road
I’m with you

I can hear it from anywhere
if I listen
When I open my ears
to the trust you have in me
Like your eyes that twinkle
A precious story,
I’ll tell you
Open your ears
Our unforgettable voices and stories
that are filled with my heart for you,
flutter like a dream

Today was another gorgeous day
I keep thinking about you all day
I want to tell you–who is so kind
I will send my heart on a cloud and tell you

A heart fluttering moment
When rain drops fell without warning
We held hands and ran
on top of the messy flower road
I’m with you

I can hear it from anywhere
if I listen
When I open my ears
to the trust you have in me
Like your eyes that twinkle
A precious story,
I’ll tell you
Open your ears
Our unforgettable voices and stories
that are filled with my heart for you,
flutter like a dream

I will tell you more today
I’ll gather my heart and fill it up
[Instrumental break]
I can feel you
When I close my eyes,
when I open my ears,
I feel the trust you have in me

Like your eyes
that twinkle
A precious story, I’ll tell you
Open your ears
Our unforgettable voices,
filled with my heart for you,
flutter like a dream

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Analysis:
First, though, let us discuss why many have been praising the song. Focusing on
the chorus as this section will be our core topic, I do admit this section has
been one of the best I have heard recently and even in general. The most
appealing factor to it, I argue, is how the chorus functions in two differently
ways: as a transitional build up, but also as a typical, climaxing point. With
the first reason, listeners can note that the choruses begin with unison
singing and the instrumental taking a heightened, amplified stance. Sonically
this does not bring anything particularly important, but structurally this
almost creates a pre-chorus within the chorus itself; in other words, the
choruses start off by creating even more hype and excitement in addition to the
actual pre-choruses. Thus, when the second half hits, the choruses become even
more mesmerizing. Yuju’s vocal belting now appears to be even more satisfying
given that the song finally reaches an actual, musical climax and furthermore,
with every other section focusing more on building up and less on aural appeal,
Yuju’s singing in contrast seems even
more tuneful and engaging.

Now
in a more general sense, there are also other praises to the song’s
composition. For example, listeners should also admire that a majority if not
every sound at play tends to complement other sounds. Drawing on a concrete
example, let us discuss the drums. Rather than opting for drums and beats that
hit harder and sound deeper, many of the beats in “Love Whisper” carry a tap-like,
softer sound. This, however, is a brilliant decision by the composers as the
beats now easily mesh with GFriend’s vocal style in the song—specifically, that
of being gentler and higher pitched. This is also potentially why the bass line
functions as it currently does: it is discreet throughout the song, only poking
out in the spotlight during the pre-choruses. Elaborating on what I mean, given
that “Love Whisper” is, overall, a lighter, softer, and higher pitched song,
any deeper sounds utilized—such as the bass—are kept down and hidden in order
to preserve that key, signature sound the song has established.

Nevertheless,
as mentioned earlier, “Love Whisper” is not without its flaw. Namely, the
choruses that are seemingly perfect are, ironically, the song’s biggest flaw—in
an indirect sense, that is. I find that the song overly relied on its choruses. For one, every section but the
choruses are plain in both structure and sound. The verses and pre-choruses,
for example, merely progress the song along but do not quite contribute
anything in a musical sense. This is why the singing in all the other sections
is simpler and lacks the type of tuneful depth that Yuju shows off in the
choruses. Even the choruses’ first half is not exempt: this part merely
functions on a structural level as the unison singing merely indicates that
there is an upcoming climax, but in of itself the unison singing does not
allure listeners. All in all, then, the point is this: “Love Whisper” thrives
almost solely off the choruses’ second half, the half where Yuju’s intensive,
complex and tuneful lines come into action. Everything else in the song merely
builds up to that point or attempts to accelerate the song in that direction,
and that is what troubles me. Unlike songs where the choruses are the highlight
and yet, every section still carries
prominent weight, I personally find that the composers emphasized the choruses
excessively to the point that everything but the choruses is dull.

But,
in the end, perhaps the choruses’ glory is in fact due to the other sections
purposefully being tamer in comparison. I find that this is not the only option
and that one can make an incredible, capturing chorus without having to
sacrifice other sections. Nonetheless, “Love Whisper” is still a fantastic
song. Although the other sections are more plain in comparison, they still
function decently and are not genuinely lacking; the issue is that “Love
Whisper” could have been even better
than it currently is—but as seen, it still is a solidly composed song.

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This
actually might be the shortest review I have ever written, but it might also be
the first time where I managed to get my ideas across without excessive,
unnecessary details and without being too scarce in explanations. I am excited
if this is the case as I can definitely resume a more reliable reviewing
schedule if all reviews can be this brief yet argumentative.

VIXX
LR’s and Sunmi’s latest songs have been requested, and I will finish them by
next week. Once again, I apologize to requesters and readers for not being more
active with reviews, but I do appreciate the understanding—and of course, for
this review, whether one reads or skims it. Look forward to more reviews to
come and until then, “I feel the trust you have in me” to be more dedicated
with my studies so that I have time to keep up with reviews. Look forward to
VIXX LR’s “Whisper” as the next review.