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Formula of Love: O+T=<3

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In 2021, Twice wrote about love in more depth than ever before -- and for a group that debuted with tracks like "Like a Fool," "Do It Again," and "Truth," that's saying something. Earlier in the year, their tenth mini-album, Taste of Love, offered fans a light-hearted summer fling before the Korean nine-piece dedicated their first English-language single, "The Feels," to a groove-led exploration of the titular emotion. But on their third Korean-language album, Formula of Love: O+T=<3, Twice are still pursuing the titular question of their 2017 smash hit: "What Is Love?" Though the album's cover plants Twice amid chemistry sets, magnifying glasses, and hastily scribbled formulae, finding love's "formula" proves immediately futile; on opening gambit "Scientist," Nayeon pushes toward intuition with a dismissive "Love ain't a science, don't need no license." Instead, the group use the album's 15 tracks to continue to explore the concept itself, ranging from the conflicted, moving-on phase of "Rewind" to the saccharine devotion of "Candy," from the snap-back "I'm just doing all the things that you do" of "Cruel" to the hopeful "tonight, we fall in love again" of "F.I.L.A." The English-language cuts here - including smash hit "The Feels" -- mark exciting new territory for the group: "Moonlight" folds a Sugarhill Gang drum pattern into a nostalgic disco-pop banger, while "Icon" fuses towering confidence, laddering melodies, and a sharp "Damn, I got it, I'm iconic" chorus into a near-perfect anthem. The album's more genre-fluid directions prove equally fruitful -- the dembow-lite rhythm of "1, 3, 2" and the electro-rap hybrid "Espresso" being firm highlights -- while more traditional K-Pop productions like "Real You" and "Rewing" continue to showcase the group's impressive vocal development. While a few sets of underbaked lyrics surface toward the project's close ("Hello," "Candy"), they're quickly eclipsed by late highlight "Push & Pull," which cements itself alongside Domo Genesis' "Dapper" and Rauw Alejandro's "Todo de Ti" as the perfect roller-rink throwback jam. It remained to be seen whether Twice's more mature sonic direction would map onto their full-length releases, but Formula of Love surpasses expectations, infusing the group's love-centric lyricism with newfound confidence and creative flair. This is one of Twice's most assertive and varied releases to date -- and with a more concise track listing, perhaps their best.
© David Crone /TiVo

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1
SCIENTIST
00:03:14

Tommy Brown, Composer, Writer - Twice, MainArtist - Melanie Fontana, Composer, Writer - Anne Marie, Composer, Writer - Steven Franks, Composer, Writer - 72, Composer, Writer - 심은지, Writer - Michel “Lindgren” Schulz, Composer, Writer

© 2021 JYP Entertainment Company ℗ 2021 JYP Entertainment Company

2
MOONLIGHT
00:03:39

Jonathan Yip, Composer, Writer - Jeremy Reeves, Composer, Writer - Ray Romulus, Composer, Writer - Twice, MainArtist - Michael Pollack, Writer - Jake Torrey, Writer - Ray Charles McCullough II, Composer, Writer - Destiny Rogers, Writer

© 2021 JYP Entertainment Company ℗ 2021 JYP Entertainment Company

3
ICON
00:02:55

Twice, MainArtist - Melanie Fontana, Composer, Writer - GG Ramirez, Composer, Writer - Michel “Lindgren” Schulz, Composer, Writer

© 2021 JYP Entertainment Company ℗ 2021 JYP Entertainment Company

4
CRUEL
00:03:30

Mich Hansen, Composer, Writer - Twice, MainArtist - Jeppe London Bilsby, Composer, Writer - Brooke Tomlinson, Composer, Writer - Lauritz Emil, Composer, Writer - Alma Gudmundsdottir, Composer, Writer - 다현, Writer

© 2021 JYP Entertainment Company ℗ 2021 JYP Entertainment Company

5
REAL YOU
00:03:07

Twice, MainArtist - earattack, Composer, Writer - Sophia Pae, Composer, Writer - 마스터키, Composer, Writer - 공도, Composer, Writer - 지효, Writer

© 2021 JYP Entertainment Company ℗ 2021 JYP Entertainment Company

6
F.I.L.A (Fall In Love Again)
00:03:10

Ronny Svendsen, Composer, Writer - Karen Poole, Composer, Writer - Twice, MainArtist - Sonny J Mason, Composer, Writer - Anne Judith Stokke Wik, Composer, Writer - 나연, Writer

© 2021 JYP Entertainment Company ℗ 2021 JYP Entertainment Company

7
LAST WALTZ
00:02:50

Twice, MainArtist - EJAE, Composer, Writer - 심은지, Composer, Writer - 이해솔, Composer, Writer

© 2021 JYP Entertainment Company ℗ 2021 JYP Entertainment Company

8
ESPRESSO
00:03:07

Twice, MainArtist - MosPick, Composer, Writer - Young Chance, Composer, Writer

© 2021 JYP Entertainment Company ℗ 2021 JYP Entertainment Company

9
REWIND
00:03:00

Twice, MainArtist - 정호현(e.one), Composer, Writer

© 2021 JYP Entertainment Company ℗ 2021 JYP Entertainment Company

10
CACTUS
00:03:36

Twice, MainArtist - 지효, Composer, Writer - 희창 (Coke paris), Composer, Writer

© 2021 JYP Entertainment Company ℗ 2021 JYP Entertainment Company

11
PUSH & PULL (JIHYO, SANA, DAHYUN)
00:03:24

Justin Reinstein, Composer, Writer - Twice, MainArtist - Anna Timgren, Composer, Writer - 이스란, Writer

© 2021 JYP Entertainment Company ℗ 2021 JYP Entertainment Company

12
HELLO (NAYEON, MOMO, CHAEYOUNG)
00:03:03

Twice, MainArtist - Luke, Writer - JeD, Composer, Writer - DaviDior, Composer, Writer

© 2021 JYP Entertainment Company ℗ 2021 JYP Entertainment Company

13
1, 3, 2 (JEONGYEON, MINA, TZUYU)
00:03:18

Lauren Dyson, Composer, Writer - Twice, MainArtist - Jenson Vaughan, Composer, Writer - Marcus van Wattum, Composer, Writer - Alexander Pavelich, Composer, Writer - 심은지, Writer

© 2021 JYP Entertainment Company ℗ 2021 JYP Entertainment Company

14
CANDY
00:03:14

Twice, MainArtist - Lewis Shay Jankel pka Shift K3Y, Composer, Writer

© 2021 JYP Entertainment Company ℗ 2021 JYP Entertainment Company

15
The Feels
00:03:17

Justin Reinstein, Composer, Writer - Twice, MainArtist - Boy Matthews, Writer - Anna Timgren, Composer, Writer - Woo Min Lee “collapsedone”, Composer, Writer

© 2021 JYP Entertainment Company ℗ 2021 JYP Entertainment Company

16
SCIENTIST (R3HAB Remix)
00:03:28

Tommy Brown, Composer, Writer - R3hab, MainArtist - Twice, MainArtist - Melanie Fontana, Composer, Writer - Anne Marie, Composer, Writer - Steven Franks, Composer, Writer - 72, Composer, Writer - 심은지, Writer - Michel “Lindgren” Schulz, Composer, Writer

© 2021 JYP Entertainment Company ℗ 2021 JYP Entertainment Company

Album Description

In 2021, Twice wrote about love in more depth than ever before -- and for a group that debuted with tracks like "Like a Fool," "Do It Again," and "Truth," that's saying something. Earlier in the year, their tenth mini-album, Taste of Love, offered fans a light-hearted summer fling before the Korean nine-piece dedicated their first English-language single, "The Feels," to a groove-led exploration of the titular emotion. But on their third Korean-language album, Formula of Love: O+T=<3, Twice are still pursuing the titular question of their 2017 smash hit: "What Is Love?" Though the album's cover plants Twice amid chemistry sets, magnifying glasses, and hastily scribbled formulae, finding love's "formula" proves immediately futile; on opening gambit "Scientist," Nayeon pushes toward intuition with a dismissive "Love ain't a science, don't need no license." Instead, the group use the album's 15 tracks to continue to explore the concept itself, ranging from the conflicted, moving-on phase of "Rewind" to the saccharine devotion of "Candy," from the snap-back "I'm just doing all the things that you do" of "Cruel" to the hopeful "tonight, we fall in love again" of "F.I.L.A." The English-language cuts here - including smash hit "The Feels" -- mark exciting new territory for the group: "Moonlight" folds a Sugarhill Gang drum pattern into a nostalgic disco-pop banger, while "Icon" fuses towering confidence, laddering melodies, and a sharp "Damn, I got it, I'm iconic" chorus into a near-perfect anthem. The album's more genre-fluid directions prove equally fruitful -- the dembow-lite rhythm of "1, 3, 2" and the electro-rap hybrid "Espresso" being firm highlights -- while more traditional K-Pop productions like "Real You" and "Rewing" continue to showcase the group's impressive vocal development. While a few sets of underbaked lyrics surface toward the project's close ("Hello," "Candy"), they're quickly eclipsed by late highlight "Push & Pull," which cements itself alongside Domo Genesis' "Dapper" and Rauw Alejandro's "Todo de Ti" as the perfect roller-rink throwback jam. It remained to be seen whether Twice's more mature sonic direction would map onto their full-length releases, but Formula of Love surpasses expectations, infusing the group's love-centric lyricism with newfound confidence and creative flair. This is one of Twice's most assertive and varied releases to date -- and with a more concise track listing, perhaps their best.
© David Crone /TiVo

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