After pre-releasing a song a few weeks ago, Kim Jaejoong is back with his new album, No.X. It’s released as he’s serving in the military, so we won’t be seeing any sort of promotion. I’ve noted before that, although I can appreciate his solo material, none of it has really stuck with me in the past. Love You More might be different.
The track doesn’t feel like it’s as big a moment as past singles Just Another Girl or Mine. But as a song, it possesses a more nimble, bright energy than much of his work. There’s a heavy dose of synth, which pairs perfectly with the power pop guitar riffs that give the track the feel of an 80’s anthem mixed with the crunchy funk of Lenny Kravitz. It’s not exactly what I expected from Jaejoong, but it’s a pleasant surprise. Fans of his darker, denser rock might be a bit disappointed, and may even feel like this poppier sound equates to pandering or “selling out.” But for me, Love You More finally pairs Jaejoong’s rocker image with the melodic refrain I’ve been looking for.
It is a bit disappointing that we won’t be able to see any live performances of this track for awhile, as I imagine a stage show would really elevate the song and make it feel weightier than it does in the studio recording. Still, even within the confines of a music video that doesn’t feature him nearly as much as it should, Jaejoong’s charisma fuels Love You More and proves yet again that he is one-of-a-kind in the world of kpop.