Taking off from the "VVIP" reference, the first thing that struck me with "Let's Talk About Love" is how the songs and sounds are more mature, yet still very much Seungri. It's a little Big Bang, a little YG, but very, very clean. The over-all motifs of the two EPs are very different though -- while the production on "VVIP" is very clean, antiseptic almost, and more focused on the homogeneity of the instruments, the production on this new EP is significantly more raw and brings out the individuality of each element. The differences though are more of a growth than a shift -- Seungri has established a clear identity, and so he's free to play around with that identity without fear of wandering. And the result of that play is another fantastic EP.
"Gotta Talk To U" is similar -- it's not my taste as much as some of the other tracks on the EP, but I understand it, and because I understand it I appreciate it. This need for an understanding of the song reminds me of Big Bang's "Blue" -- I couldn't grasp it at a glance, and it took some brain work to understand. And even in terms of the choice of instruments and over-all sound, it is a lot like "Blue", though much more in-your-face, which is where the similarities end. "Gotta Talk To U" is subtle, but not subdued like "Blue", and definitely not lazy. A lot of this brain work is necessary because it's not the melody that carries this song, in fact no one element carries the whole thing. Listening to this requires you to take a step back and listen to everything from the guitar, the weird sci-fi synth loops, to the little explosions here and there. As far as sound goes, the subtlety to the approach goes very well with the "stylish"-sounding choice of instruments -- all the elements sound either very crisp, or, like those sci-fi synths, "futuristic". "Gotta Talk To U" is definitely not something I'll listen to over breakfast at 6 in the morning, but I'd definitely listen to this again, later in the day.
"Come To My" was the other song that I really liked, but more out of personal taste. It's gorgeous in its own way though, and it's not any less masterful than the previous tracks. In fact, it's more like them than I thought it was, because it also plays with contrast. The verses are epic in terms of the instruments -- heavy percussion, a haunting piano line -- but by the time the chorus hits, with the addition of lighter elements as well as that explosion for a transition, the song becomes lively, and the melody is the only element that carries over the epic quality of the verse. The melody is gorgeous, but it's that short part at the very beginning of the chorus, where everything explodes, that fuses everything and makes the whole song subdued, but hauntingly gorgeous.
"You Hoooo!!!" continues that nonchalant quality that "Come To My" and "Gotta Talk To U" also had. It's not quite subdued, not quite subtle or sublime -- it's more like an effortlessness that translates directly into the performance. And if anything, "You Hoooo!!!" as a whole is comfortably far from being subdued. The chorus had the potential to be boring because of the lack of a strong melodic presence, but doesn't turn into bad monotonous because of the arrangement, and the execution. The verses have that strong melodic presence, at times becoming overwhelming, and it's the chorus that allows for some breathing room to digest, as well as become a bridge for, the rest of the chaos. "You Hoooo!!!" as a whole, I think, is actually a bridge -- it's not a filler track because it can hold its own against the other songs, but it's best appreciated in relation to the rest of the album.
I may not personally like half of the songs, but there's no denying that "Let's Talk About Love" is a solid, well-done EP whose songs are just as good together as they are apart. There is cohesion both within the album and in relation to Seungri's first EP, "VVIP", but there is also difference. "Let's Talk About Love" is a natural, but very much obvious growth and maturity in the material, that makes for a fresh, new, and very much interesting listen.