It’s pretty much a given that if Hyorin is given a track that puts her powerful, brassy voice at the forefront, she’ll produce magic and “Love Line” is certainly no exception to this rule.
What makes “Love Line” so exceptional is how smoothly every element fits together. The trio of Hyorin, Bumkey and Jooyoung (bringing together backgrounds in pop, hip-hop and R&B) ensures that there really isn’t a bad vocalist in the bunch which allows the production to mostly sit back and create a warm, relaxing atmosphere that gives the singers the chance to play off of each other in very satisfying ways (the small amounts of double-tracking and generous amounts of harmonizing between the trio is pretty much perfect for this bit of pop). Featuring surprisingly upbeat and funky guitar licks and key riffs, “Love Line” makes the most of its three stars, allowing each to showcase their considerable vocal talents without weighing down the proceedings in layers and layers of production. It’s straight forward and won’t win many praises for innovation but when you have three vocalists who can sing like this, not much more is needed to make a solid song and “Love Line” snuggles very comfortably into solid song territory.
The video is whatever. A vocal-focused track doesn’t need choreography but the lack of a dance leads “Love Line” to barely have anything of interest to show at all. Granted there are worse things to look at than Hyorin, Bumkey and Jooyoung serenade the masses from the comfort of a black and white warehouse/bar/abandoned prop room but it’s pretty clear that as far as priorities go, most of the effort involved here went into the creation of the song. The video exists as a vehicle for the song rather than (as seems to be the case with plenty of K-Pop videos) the other way around.
In summation, “Love Line” is really, really good and a pleasant way to kick off the weekend (especially for me, considering that this wasn’t even really on my radar). Now, when is the next SISTAR comeback?