SM’s Station platform has made an unexpected return with the release of Changmin’s surprise digital single All That Love. This breakup song follows Changmin’s recent marriage, which is kind of an odd contrast of sentiments. 2020 has been a relatively quiet year for TVXQ, both in Korea and Japan, so any new music is appreciated. But if I’m being honest, I’d much rather have a TVXQ comeback announcement than a pleasant stopgap like this.
All That Love follows Changmin’s spring solo debut and could have been a solid b-side on that album. It’s a likeable pop track, low on ambition but buoyed by its performer. Changmin’s vocals are light and unforced, giving the song a subdued appeal. I can’t imagine anyone disliking All That Love, but it’s hard to drum up much excitement for it either. The percolating beat is too fast to call this mid-tempo, but the song isn’t going to make you dance either. It has a refreshing sound, helped along by ethereal synth pads and Changmin’s wispy vocal.
Yet as endearing as this is, All That Love never builds to anything of note. Its repetitive melody becomes a bit dull as the track goes on. Not every Changmin solo needs dramatic power notes, but All That Love could do with more forward momentum. The song just kind of sits there, relaxed to a fault. Changmin has enough skill to elevate the emotion, but this feels more like a mid-album palette cleanser than something meant to stand on its own.