Infinite’s long-awaited comeback resulted in the title track Tell Me, which divided opinion on this site and others. It’s taken from the group’s third full-length album, Top Seed, and kicks off a string of ten other newly released songs. Just like with 2016’s Infinite Only, I’m here to offer my thoughts on every single one of them. Check back each day for several mini-reviews, and be sure to take a look at my sprawling K-Pop A-Z page for thoughts on the group’s entire catalog.
1. Begin // 2. Tell Me // 3. Synchronise // 4. No More // 5. TGIF (Dongwoo solo) // 6. Pray // 7. Why Me // 8. Wind // 9. I Hate // 10. Reminisce (L solo) // 11. Love Song (Sungjong solo) // 12. Begin Again
I would like nothing more than for Infinite to reunite with Sweetune on a more permanent basis, and Pray is a testament to their unmatched teamwork. The song was originally recorded all the way back in 2011 at the start of the group’s golden age, but it sounds incredibly fresh even seven years later. Positioned as an orchestral waltz, the ornate instrumental is impossibly dense and dramatic, utilizing the guys’ vocals as part of the song’s backdrop of layered strings and guitar. And when it comes to Infinite’s vocals, Sweetune is still the production team who knows how to arrange them best. The entire last minute becomes chill-inducing as Sungkyu and Woohyun attack the chorus, fueling the off-kilter melody with the kind of powerful performance only Infinite can bring.