[Review] Infinite – INFINITIZE

This is my first time reviewing an album. I’m not a music expert. I’m just a music listener but believe me I’m very selective. I don’t care about market trend. K-pop and American hip-hop… unfortunately I don’t really listen to both. In this era, I still have Belle and Sebastian and Switchfoot in my playlist. Yes, I listen to Korean music, but most of them come from Fluxus Music and Mint Paper.

My friends said it was such a phenomenon when I started going crazy over Infinite – a boy band. Maybe because of that I’m so tempting to review INFINITIZE. I warn you, this review is very subjective and very L-biased.

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1. INFINITIZE (5/5)

A perfect intro! “We got the all the chance, we’ll infinitize it” part sounds like a welcome and introductory message to the album. It feels like they want to say, “Beware, in this album, we will fully unleash our potential.”

2. 추격자 (3/5)

Sounds so Infinite. No wonder it’s the title song. That’s one of the reason why I like this group, they have their own color and it’s very distinct-able. However, the song is not as kicking as Be Mine or Paradise. I don’t know what it is, but something is definitely missing. When I first listened to this song, I’m worried whether this song will do well on charts. Maybe it’s not their main purpose but I want them to ripe the fruit of their hard labor.  And I’m also slightly disappointed because L only have one line in this song. I repeat the song over and over again because I don’t wanna believe it. Haha.

3. Feel So Bad (2/5)

What I like from this song is it’s so Asian. The song is not really outstanding though. It sounds like a song that will appear as a backsound in a Korean drama when the characters are on their way to the countryside. It’s kind of the filler song of the album. It should be in track 4 or 5, I think. And L have more lines, yay!

4. 그 해 여름(5/5)

Totally my taste of song. It’s so refreshing and perfectly match with the title. I just love everything about this song, the melody, their voice… simply amazing. I even searched for the composer because I’m totally in love with this song. I really love Dongwoo and Seungyol’s parts, it’s give me this indescribable  vibe.  And of course L’s bridge and his high notes. I love it.

5. 눈물만 (5/5)

A touching fantasy ballad that makes me feel like in wonderland. It’s touchingly beautiful. There’s no vocal harmonization in this song, yet it’s so beautiful to listen to the members’ voice alternately. And yes I was disappointed that L only have one line. The best part of this song is Sunggyu’s voice and to be honest I personally prefer Sunggyu solo live version of this song.

6. 니가 좋다 (4/5)

I think the song is not outstanding in terms of quality but something in this song make me love it. Maybe it’s because the song use beautiful falsetto in the background and it can portray the excitement of someone who is in love well. I can listen to this song all day. And I love L pre-chorus parts, so energetic.

7. With… (5/5)

L’s verse, oh my god, it’s beautiful. It’s such a good decision to put his voice in the beginning of the song. It guides us well to a sweet chorus. I found the middle of the song is lack of something, but the nearer the song to the end, it becomes more beautiful, especially because I get to listen to Sunggyu and Woohyun voice alternately. Harmonization between Woohyun and Sunggyu is simply incredible

Average: (4/5)

Another great album from Infinite. If you used to overlook boy band quality, you should really try listen to this album.

Notes: I personally prefer Hoya and Dongwoo singing.

[Lyrics | Trans] FT Island – Satisfaction (Korean Ver.)

From FT Island – TWENTY (Japanese Album)

내가 찾는 행복은 어디에 있는걸까
Where should I search for the happiness?
내일의 바람에 몸을 싣고
My body is carried by tomorrow’s wind
모험은 시작됬어
The adventure has started

고요한 새벽에 흐르는 별빛들
The starlight radiates in the silent dawn
도시의 별빛은 하나둘 꺼져만가고
The city’s starlight goes off one by one
꿈에서 눈뜨면 더이상 잠이 오지를 않아
When I open my eyes in my dream, I can’t go back to sleep anymore
다가오는 미래를 바라본다
I look forward for my upcoming future

마법같은 도시를 떠나서
I leave the magical city
무지개 같은 삶을 그려봐
I try to sketch my life like a rainbow
혼잡한 머리의 새겨진 나의 열정이
My passion is engraved in my busy head
우주끝까지 다 가를수 있게
Until the end of the universe, I can get everything

내가찾는 행복은 어디에 있는걸까
Where should I search for happiness?
가슴속에 품은 꿈과 열정을
My obvious dream and passion in my heart
세상의 끝에서 뿌려보자
When the world ends, let’s scatter

내일의 바람에 몸을싣고
My body is carried by tomorrow’s wind
끝없는 여행을떠어나
To the journey that never ends
모험은 시작됬어
The adventure has started

세상에 끝에서 무엇을 찾을까
When the world ends, what should I search for?
내일의 바람과 시간에 파도속으로
Within the wave of tomorrow’s wind and time

자신과 맞서고 가슴으로 세상과 싸워봐
I cope with my heart and myself so I can fight the world
아름다운 여행의 시작이야
The begin of the beautiful journey

내가찾는 행복은 어디에 있는걸까
Where should I search for happiness?
가슴속에 품은 꿈과 열정을
My obvious dream and passion in my heart
세상의 끝에서 뿌려보자
When the world ends let’s scatter

내일의 바람에 몸을싣고
My body is carried by tomorrow’s wind
끝없는 여행을떠어나
To the journey that never ends
모험은 시작됬어
The adventure has started

무엇을찾고싶고 무엇을보고싶나
What is it that I want to find, what is it that I want to see
무엇을버려두고 무엇을얻고싶나
What is it that I want to abandon, what is is it that I want to get
소중한것들일수록 무관심해지는건
The more valuable the things are, seems like I am indifferent
커져가는후회들
My growing regret

내가찾는 행복은 어디에 있는걸까
Where should I search for happiness?
가슴속에 품은 꿈과 열정을
My obvious dream and passion in my heart
세상의 끝에서 뿌려보자
When the world ends, let’s scatter

내일의 바람에 몸을싣고
My body is carried by tomorrow’s wind
끝없는 여행을떠어나
To the journey that never ends
모험은 시작됬어
The adventure has started
여행이 끝나면
When the journey ends
난 니 곁에 있을꺼야
I will be by your side

Translation by me for Happy Island Subs

Love U Like U

Title: Love U Like U

Singers: ‘L’ of Infinite and ‘Kim Yerim’ of Two Months

This is actually embarrassing… I can’t believe I’m writing something like this. Peace ^v^

Alright, where should I start? Everybody is talking about Infinite and everybody is talking about Kim Yerim. I know Infinite and have listened to 다시 돌아와 (because it’s somewhat popular) and 내꺼하자 (because I like the chorus line, it’s so sweet, 어?). I don’t have any clue about who are they and how they look like, since I’m not into boybands. I only know them a little. And I know Kim Yerim because she was featured in Msignal’s 둘이서 and I admit that she has a nice voice. So, because of curiosity, I downloaded the song.

First reaction: “Wow, the song is so good, simple, yet captivating. They harmonize well and they convey the emotion well.”

Second reaction: “Is there any MV for the song? I want to see the face of Infinite L and Kim Yerim.”

Third reaction: “Wow, L is so cute and cool at the same time. What is the drama title again?”

Fourth reaction: “Okay, let’s give it a try, let’s watch the drama!”

Fifth reaction: asdfghjklzxcvbnm

Sixth reaction: (after finishing the drama) “Wow it’s great!!! Normally, I get bored easily when watching crappy love story, unrealistic, exaggerated evil old woman, something about leading a company and stock and equity which sounds so fake, and never ending wasted and unreasonable tears (sorry, but Kdrama is just not my cup of tea). But ‘Shut Up Flower Boy Band’ is totally different. What is highlighted in the drama is the friendship among 6 high school boys who love music, who struggle in living, and of course who love each other. Of course, there is love line, but it’s not the main point in the drama. The main point is how hard they try to understand each other, to maintain their friendship, to fix their broken relationship, and to realize that their friendship is sincere. And my favourite character is… Lee Hyunsoo. I always fall for that kind of character, cold exterior, but warm interior. And I was surprised how well L played the role of Lee Hyunsoo.”

Seventh reaction: “Learning Infinite. And my favourite song is Nothing Sober”

Eight reaction: “Maybe I was just bored with my routine and want to have some fun.”

Okay, I should stop my rambling here. Let’s enjoy the song 🙂

I love you 너를 사랑해
I love you, I love you
차마 하지못한 말
The words that I can’t say
떨리는 가슴이 내 맘이
My trembling heart, my heart
늘 숨겨왔던 그런말
Those words that I’ve kept hidden
아침이면 눈부시게 나를 비춰주는
You shine brightly at me in the morning
늘 햇살같은 너는  나에게는 너는
You’re always like the sunshine for me, you are
I like you 너를 좋아해
I like you, I like you
멋진 큰 나무처럼
Like a great big tree
언제나 편안히 내곁에
It’s always comfortable whenever I’m beside you
날 지켜주는  그런 널
You, who always protect me
가끔은 나도 모르게
Sometimes, even I don’t realize
내맘 들킬것 같아
It seems like my heart will be revealed
니 앞에 멋쩍은 웃음만
I just smile awkwardly in front of you
그저 바보같이 웃음만
I just smile like a fool
아침이면 눈부시게 나를 비춰주는
You shine brightly at me in the morning
늘 햇살같은 너는  나에게는 너는
You’re always like the sunshine for me, you are
혹시나 우리둘사이 어색해질까봐
I wonder if things between us will become awkward
조심스레 난 너를 오늘도 난 너를
Cautiously, I am to you, and today too, I am to you
한참을 함께한 우리
Us, who have been together for a long time
또 한참 지난후에
And after a long time
이렇게 편안히 함께
We’re comfortable together, just like this
늘 너는 내곁에
You’re always beside me
늘 난 너의 곁에
I’m always beside you
영원히 우리 함께해
Let’s be together forever
(feel like translating the song also)