Thus far, I’ve found Cherry Bullet’s music to be pretty hit or miss. They don’t have a large discography, and their title tracks tend to tackle vastly different sounds, making it feel that FNC Entertainment is trying everything they can in pursuit of a hit. But, this versatility has pushed the group toward K-pop’s retro synthpop trend. And as you all know, this sound is a particular favorite of mine. Not only is it quite nostalgic, but the approach tends to allow for plenty of great pop melody.
Love So Sweet is no La Di Da or I Can’t Stop Me, but it’s my favorite Cherry Bullet single in ages. And unlike many K-pop singles in recent years, its verses are its strongest selling point. They’re underlined by a percolating synth groove that makes for a driving structure. I wish the track had remained this spare and interesting all the way through. I also love the melody during parts of these segments, which starts on a high and gradually winds downward to create a satisfying sense of movement.
Love So Sweet’s chorus is successful too, but it’s just a bit too cutesy and saccharine for me. The hook is strong, but would have been improved with a less affected vocal performance. Luckily, everything comes together for a standout finale, where the instrumental surges with a new sense of fullness. Like the rest of the song, this helps contribute to a dynamic through-line. Rather than stop and start to allow for needless breakdowns and choreo showcases, Love So Sweet knows exactly where it’s going and makes sure the ascent is just as gratifying as the endpoint.