We Must Love is the third mini-album released by ONF. The title track was used as the promotional track.
Released: February 7, 2019
1. We Must Love (사랑하게 될 거야)
2. Ice & Fire
3. Yayaya (별일 아냐)
4. Happily never after (첫 사랑의 법칙)
5. I Do
Instead of the usual bright pop tune that was somewhat expected from ONF, their return brings a change in atmosphere. We Must Love brings a darker tone, but it isn’t a terrible thing. The song isn’t something unheard of from boy bands before and actually feels like something by the likes of current SEVENTEEN or NU’EST, and it still brings some really wonderful moments. The chorus is especially strong with its attention grabbing melody that soon switches into a funky synth line. I wasn’t too keen on this song at first, but this part really won me over. Definitely the weakest of their three title tracks, but it’s still a solid tune.
I was a bit worried about what the rest of the mini would bring considering the quality of their first two. Ice & Fire brings us some groove with this funk-inspired pop song and I love the thumping bassline. The chorus took a bit time to get used to. I was hoping for something to grab my attention right away, but it slowly builds and it’s only in the second half where some fusion goes on that I really start to get into it. It’s a quality tune, but it takes some time to get into it. Probably my favourite of the songs.
I love how Yayaya opens with the strings and its light latin influence. I’m not quite sure what to think of this song in general. It feels like the sister of “We Must Love” and has a very similar structure. The pre-chorus with the blaring arrangement is just weird and things only get back on track once that clean chorus comes blasting in. It’s definitely an experiment and I feel like it will get more appealing as time goes on. For now, I’m not sure if I love it or not.
Happily never after comes cruising in with its light R&B vibe. I love R&B, but I’m on the fence with these kinds of songs. This one does do some really nice things by bringing some more interesting musical elements so things don’t get too boring. Also, the melody is relatively catchy. It feels like an updated version of iKON’s “Love Scenario” in some ways.
I Do initially sounds as though it will be the ballad of the mini, but the chorus totally changes things up with its drop. Instead, it feels like an interesting blend of something more sentimental that explodes into a darker tropical house influenced chorus. I do wish there were some vocal parts in this part because it sounds a bit empty. It isn’t bad, but pretty generic and I feel like ONF did it better before.
Overall: This was another solid mini-album from the group. I feel like this one didn’t stand out to me as much as their last two, but all the tracks were still pretty high quality. I think some of these tracks need some time to sink in as well and aren’t as attention grabbing on the first listen as I found myself enjoying them more with subsequent listens. At this moment, I still find it to be the weakest of their three mini’s though.