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K-Pop A-Z: Infinite – BTD (Before The Dawn)

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BTD (Before The Dawn) (from Evolution – 2011)

After the lightness of Come Back Again and She’s Back, Sweetune took Infinite down a darker, more aggressively produced route with the bombastic BTD. The song’s opening synth klaxon is among the group’s most iconic riffs, while the breakdown provided them with their first viral moment in the aptly-named “scorpion dance.” Meanwhile, the song is all theatrical strings and clenched breaths playing the role of percussion. Those glorious, brassy synth stabs that would make The Chaser such a triumph pop up here for the first time, heralding a sweeping chorus that might have come off as shrill given a less robust team of vocalists. It’s one of Infinite’s most tense recordings, tempering its sense of claustrophobia with moments of dramatic release.

 Hooks 9
 Production 10
 Longevity 10
 Bias 10
 RATING  9.75

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