Whereas Purple Drop exhausted a little too much at the top due to a far too heavy focus on dance, Baby Love sticks a little closer to the core pop sound that drives the Humming Urban Stereo project, keeping even the excursions engaging and mostly rooted in the sound of the album. The only place where Baby Love distracts is unfortunately is at the start of the album with "Rainbow", which partially sounds more like an Instant Romantic Floor track during YeSlow's brash rap passages due to the arrangement's speedy breakdown. Fortunately, the rest of the track, especially with Shina-E's vocals, still sounds like the Humming Urban Stereo you got Baby Love for.
As with previous Humming Urban Stereo works, you get a mix of Latin rhythms, female vocals ranging from Humming Girl's cuter delivery, exchanging with Lee Jeereen's Brown Bunny in the title track, and to more bolder dance vocals from Shi-un on "Triangular" and Simone on the excellent disco track "Space Loves Disco".
As mentioned, Baby Love also includes the best tracks from Monochrome, "Sera un Zorro" (now called "Siempre, Sera un Zorro"), Insomnia, "지랄", and "Erotic Actress", which eats up a quarter of the album's proper runtime. And honestly, they fit in perfectly here, so it's hard to complain, although I wished that they were at least remixes or different arrangements so that Monochrome isn't made redundant. The album concludes with a couple of semi-bonus tracks, including a highly enjoyable chiptune remix of Purple Drop's "Hawaiian Couple" from YMCK and an alternate version of "Mambo Mood" from earlier in the album.
Look, if you like Humming Urban Stereo's sound, Baby Love pretty much provides everything you're looking for. Granted, the album's strongest tracks are the holdovers from Monochrome, but even the new album tracks all carry that stylish lounge sound that you want from Humming Urban Stereo, with enough of a beat to wiggle in your seat, but also pleasant and relaxed enough that it can be background music. And I think that makes Baby Love an album success for Lee Jeereen. 8/10
- Dark Circle
- Mambo Mood
- Space Loves Disco
- Siempre Sera Un Zorro
- Baby Love
- Waltz Sofa #3
- Erotic Actress
- Hawaiian Couple (YMCK mix)
- Mambo Mood (Bunny's Kid Scat version)