[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.

M Signal – 1st Mini Album [옷자락이라도] – Download/Lyrics

M Signal – 1st Mini Album 옷자락이라도
Release Date : 2011.12.01
Genre : Ballad
Language : Korean

Track list:

01. 옷자락이라도 (Lyrics|Romanization|Translation)
02. 고마운 내 사랑 (Lyrics|Romanization|Translation)
03. 악마(Feat. AMEN) (Lyrics|Romanization)
04. 다 아니까 (Lyrics|Romanization)
05. 모르나 봐 (Lyrics|Romanization|Translation)

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