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
Infinite are one of the few k-pop groups that can make me fall hard for a good ballad. That’s thanks to the members’ unique arsenal of vocal tones, highlighted by the powerhouse duo of Sungkyu and Woohyun. As the album’s only real ballad, Why Me puts those voices front and center. Ranked among past Infinite songs in this style, I’m not sure it does enough to stand out. The melody builds to a satisfyingly cathartic chorus, but Why Me never hits the kind of climax that made a song like Between Me & You so legendary. When we appear to reach that moment, Sungkyu’s powerful note is quickly given an unfortunate fade. It’s one of Top Seed’s most frustrating production choices — especially since we know he can easily deliver these kinds of showstopping notes.