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Song Review: Changmin (Max of TVXQ) – All That Love

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.

 Hooks 7
 Production 8
 Longevity 8
 Bias 7
 RATING 7.5

3 thoughts on “Song Review: Changmin (Max of TVXQ) – All That Love

  1. I swear the instrumental sounds like every hold music ever, the kind that is actually only one minute long but repeats so seamlessly that you can be on hold for 18 minutes waiting for a customer service representative and barely notice. And then someone in customer service finally gets through the waiting queue to talk to you, and you awkwardly fumble the phone trying to unmute it.

    The vocal is pleasant.

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  2. What a lovely voice for a bland song. Honestly this is something that was remarkably unoffensive and remarkably uninteresting. The distant echo-y Ellie goulding-esque synths make the song sound like it’s from mid-2010s and not 2020.

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