Infinite - "INFINITIZE"

It’s no secret that I adore Infinite. I’m not at the stage where I worship the ground they walk on, because they have flaws that need to be addressed, but for what they are, they’re one of the acts who are higher up on my list. If there’s one newer group that’s close to being upgraded to bias status (something I don't give out a lot), it would be Infinite, and “INFINITIZE” is solid proof of why I like them so much.

The material on this EP is both familiar and fresh, but honestly, I’m just going to graze over this point because even for casual listeners, it’s blatantly obvious that this is an Infinite release. Their material may falter, it may be boring at times, but it’s theirs. They are one of the few groups who, since their debut, have managed to keep a very distinct, and functional, sound. Even my beloved DBSK are guilty of not managing that.

See? When all these little problems, problems that shouldn’t even exist in the first place, are solved, or don’t exist at all, it gives us more room to notice the good things, and I spend less time complaining about everything.

INFINITIZE” is a gorgeous EP. It’s something that you don’t even have to think about for it to be gorgeous. Of course, intellectual albums have their merits (and I’m about to talk about one in a few hours/days), but there are times when you’re so tired that you just want to sit back and not think of anything. That’s exactly the situation “INFINITIZE” sounds best in.

But the best thing about this is that though the material most definitely doesn’t go through you, it doesn’t tie you up and lock you up in a dark box either. It’s fun, effortless, enjoyable material. Yes, even the ballads. The material carries Infinite, yes, but material that Infinite follows very well.

The Chaser” is Infinite inside out, but instead of being a carbon copy of a previous single, which it could’ve easily been, it’s more like a combination, and a reflection of what their sound really is. If this were food, it would be a four seasons shake. Taken apart, the individual fruits are great and all, but put them together and somehow they taste better than they would’ve been if you drank four different fruit shakes. The Infinite synths are there, the rap part is ever so slightly familiar, and the melody is so well-done. Another thing I like so much about Infinite is how they make a potentially heavy song very light and flow-y, without loosing character and punch.

Feel So Bad” is surprisingly cheery, something I wasn’t really expecting when I heard the opening line, but the melody is a gorgeous kind of upbeat, and the harmonies going on are pretty without being excessive. I could say the same for “In The Summer”, actually. I love how the drum line gives punch to a potentially boring song, and the delivery really does match their vocals. Gorgeous melody, gorgeous arrangement, gorgeous everything, basically.


I honestly didn’t like “Only Tears” when I first heard it a few days ago, because while it had its moments, I found it boring. But when I heard the entire album, I realized that this isn’t the type of song you can just listen to and expect to understand -- it’s a song that works best in relation to all the other tracks. Hearing it now, with the rest of the album in mind, it not only matches and sound, but complements it as well. I personally don’t like it, but it’s a gorgeous album track, I’ll give it that.

The electric guitar line was a welcome, and gorgeous addition to the already stunning “니가좋다”. This song is basically the epitome of the entire EP -- it’s fun, it’s light, but it’s like that because the technical elements, the arrangement, the melody and the instrumental, were all done effortlessly. It reminds me of an Infinite version of BEAST’s “Freeze”, which I adored as well. “Freeze” in the sense that it’s the upbeat, fun, song, but Infinite in the sense that the arrangement takes center stage. No doubt, my favorite song off the album.

I was a little iffy about this EP ending with a ballad, but looking at the bigger picture, this is the last of only two ballads on the entire package. “With…” is nothing special, honestly. But I like how they managed to sneak in a few very Infinite elements amidst your generic pretty piano line and sappy chorus. It’s the little details like the drum kit they used, some synths here and there, and an electric guitar line hidden under all the screaming during the chorus. Other than that though, it’s a very generic ballad, and not really something I’d rave about.

4.8/5

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I originally wanted to put the Junsu review out before this, but considering that one, it's nowhere near done yet, and two, I just reviewed the single yesterday, I'll have to push the album review back to maybe tonight or tomorrow. I'm working on it though, and I want it done by this afternoon.

4 comments:

  1. 4.8 really? I give it a 3.5 to 4. The album is very nice in the ear but it doesn't have that something special to crown it one of the best in 2012. 4.8 is too much. If you rate your bias this high, people will think low of your opinions.

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  2. I also really love this... the thing about INFINITE is that they have a distinct style and sound in everything they do. Also this album is very cohesive and has as much depth as flow... it makes for a very pleasant and relaxing listen. I hope they always stay like this and let their concept simply be "infinite" where their concept is simply their music rather than trying to portray "dark" or "innocent"... I think that is what makes them special and allows for the group as a whole to shine that much more.

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  3. Infinite is the only kpop group that manages to make a sad song cheerful, if u know what i mean...

    I adore them too and 'the chaser' did not diappoint. I kinda think that their uptempo tracks this time around have a jpop flavour to them. There are layers to the songs that keep them from being repetitive and flat. And i really like the synths and guitar riffs that are so infinite...

    But then... i have to say that yeolie's voice still needs a lot of work, especially when singing the slower songs. I couldnt really tell who was singing what but there were a couple of voices that were pretty bad... not bad as in horrible, but bad as in... they shouldnt be in a singing group.

    Still love these boys though! ;)

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  4. I'm an inspirit through and through and i guess a 4/5 would be more appropriate. You're right, the sounds scream Infinite but i'm not loving "The Chaser"...somehow. Idk... Sunggyu's solo made up for it though :) great review anyway!!! x

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