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
LOVE SONG (Sungjong solo)
This may seem like a left-field comparison, but I’ve always regarded Sungjong’s airy vocals in a similar way to my favorite artist of all time, Janet Jackson. Both have beautiful tones, but by their very nature aren’t what you would consider powerful. The difference is, I still don’t think Sungjong has come to terms with how to use his voice yet. Given that Love Song is his first solo in seven years, that’s not at all surprising. He really hasn’t even had the chance to explore the depths of his artistry. I would love to see him fully embrace the inherent androgyny of his tone and deliver a boundary-pushing dance track. Instead, we get the pleasant coffee shop pop of Love Song. It convincingly proves his capability to front a solo track (particularly when those honeyed vocals are beautifully layered), but the song doesn’t give him a chance to display any sense of personality. It’s pretty darn generic.