The BTS solo roll-out continues in earnest with member V scheduled to release multiple songs ahead of his debut album in September. V’s unique, husky voice has always been one of the group’s secret weapons — a very appealing tone that adds character and texture to anything it touches. The challenge, then, is to find the right material to capitalize on this strength.
Love Me Again is all tone. If you simply love listening to V’s voice, this should check the boxes you need. If you’re looking for a compelling song composition, you may need to wait for future releases. While it’s indeed lovely to hear V sing without many instrumental flourishes getting in the way, Love Me Again is a wisp of a track. It’s very much background coffeeshop music, hushed and languid and pleasant. If I didn’t think Army would kill me, I might even call it dull.
On the plus side, V sounds great. I suspect most fans will come back to that response over and over, as there’s not much to chew on within the track itself. If ASMR was a genre of song, V could definitely rule those charts. There’s something very calming and sleepy about Love Me Again‘s repetition and atmosphere, but as the first taste of his album I can’t help but be underwhelmed.