Album Review: Twice, Formula of Love: O+T=<3


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Twice, the K-Pop girl group in 2018

Debuting in 2015 and consisting of nine one in a million girls, any guesses as to who they are? They’re Twice, of course! Debuting with the extended play, The Story Begins, on October 10th, 2015; they were actually formed through a rigorous survival show, SIXTEEN, where they each proved their worth to CEO of the company JY Park. Recently, they’ve released their English debut song: “The Feels,” and along with this, they have their Japanese release: “Doughnut.” Their most recent comeback will be the focus of this article, though. Released on November 10th, 2021, Formula of Love: O+T=<3, has become their best-selling album; with fourteen unique tracks focusing on different members, ONCEs (Twice’s fans) were certainly excited for the release. 

The album’s title track is “Scientist,” which tells how trying to predict one’s heart was useless and unsolvable; rather than waiting and predicting, make a move. This album is by no means their first love-focused album; even their debut song, “Like Ooh Ahh,” was about falling in love with someone that was more committed than just an admirer. Many other tracks such as “Moonlight,” “Last Waltz,” and “F.I.L.A (Fall in Love Again)” share the same topic of love but explore different genres. “Last Waltz” ventures into heartbreak; the girls long to make the day of break-up the most perfect day, but alas, it was fated to end. It is quite a contrast from “Moonlight,” which reflects a perfect love; a moment under the moonlight where the girls feel the bubbly feeling of first falling in love. Lastly, there’s “Fall in Love Again,” one where their significant other has them in a trance again, like they have before, describing how the girls and the other had fallen in love once again despite knowing the relationship was futureless.

The entire tracklist includes “Scientist,” “Moonlight,” “Icon,” “Cruel,” “Real You,” “F.I.L.A (Fall in Love Again),” “Last Waltz,” “Espresso,” “Rewind,” “Cactus,” “Push & Pull,” “Hello,” “1,3,2,” and “Candy.” The tracklist changes with different versions–when buying the physical album, the tracklist has the Korean version of their English debut, “The Feels.” The digital version also has extra songs, adding on the previously mentioned, “The Feels (English Version)” and the R3hab remix of their title track, “Scientist.” Some of the songs were also performed by their respective sub-units; “Push & Pull” was performed by members Jihyo, Sana, and Dahyun; “Hello” was performed by Nayeon, Momo, and Chaeyoung; and lastly, “1,3,2” was performed by Jeongyeon, Mina, and Tzuyu.

In an interview with Elle magazine, Twice had described each of their songs and their meanings. Jeongyeon says that “Scientist” is studying about love, only to find that love has no right answer. The next song is “Icon”, which is a bold one indeed, Mina even describing it as a song about “expressing the iconic side of you without hesitation.” The lyrics are said to remind Twice of their onstage performances. On the duller side, “Cruel” is about the bitterness one might feel from seeing how the other was left unscathed after a break-up; Dahyun describes the song as cruel, exactly like its title. The song “Real You” is an attempt to ask for sincerity from someone who doesn’t realize they’re full of themselves and doesn’t know what pure love is. As for “Espresso”, it’s supposed to convey the feeling of ecstasy from caffeine and how relatable it is. Going back onto the sadder songs, “Rewind” is a realistic end of a relationship with no sweet words or sugarcoating. The last song being addressed from the Elle interview (read more from the actual article here), will be “Cactus”, which is the feeling of uneasiness for the future of a relationship; Jihyo, the writer of the lyrics, said that the song was inspired by her pet cactus.

Enough of the songs though, what about the physical album? Is it worth it? Well, coming from Melody S. who bought the physical album, she says that the album was definitely worth the $23 it cost when she bought it.

“With a whole packet of 10 photocards, 4 official photocards, a poster, 2 unique ID cards, and much more, the album was definitely worth the price and the music was enjoyable to study to.”

– Melody S., member of the Cub Reporter and 7th grader at Kraemer