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INFINITE TOP SEED: In-Depth Album Review – Why Me

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


WHY ME
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.

 Hooks 8
 Production 7
 Longevity 7
 Bias 7
 RATING 7.25

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11 thoughts on “INFINITE TOP SEED: In-Depth Album Review – Why Me

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  4. Five minutes and ten seconds and the best ballad singer in Infinite – Lee Sungjong – gets a single line. Criminal. I’m sure this song sung by Sungjong and only Sungjong would have been a lot better because they would have had to make up for his lack of skill by actually doing something even vaguely interesting. A song has no business being that long if nothing even slightly exciting happens through the entire running length. You know I’m not one to trash an Infinite song, but since it’s generic album filler it’s really not an Infinite song anyways.

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    • Wow, your first sentence threw me for a loop for a second!

      Haha… yeah, it’s one of the least interesting tracks on the album, sandwiched right between two of the best.

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