It’s been a challenging few weeks for fans of Kim Sung Kyu. His departure from Woollim Entertainment – after over a decade with the agency – throws into question the future of his solo work and of Infinite as a group. As consolation, he’s released one final album with Woollim, and it brings him back to his roots as a soloist.
Some combinations are simply made to be, and Sung Kyu’s partnership with Nell’s Kim Jongwan has resulted in an incredible catalog of music. His previous album – December’s Inside Me – opted to pair him with different producers. And if I’m being honest, I wasn’t overly impressed. Most of the songs lacked that extra special something I’ve come to love about Sung Kyu’s solo work.
Hush reignites that charm. And even though it might not feel as momentous as his best work, it’s gratifying to hear his voice paired with Jongwan’s production once more. Though he’s proven himself versatile when it comes to genre, Sung Kyu’s unique tone has always suited this style of ethereal, electronic rock. Hush is bolstered by a driving rock beat and insistent electro pulse. It takes a bit of time to get going, with the first verse largely dedicated to atmospheric build. But, the melody is strong right from the start.
Sung Kyu powers the song with his inimitable vocal, bringing nuance and change to every moment. As usual, he makes Hush come alive, both in its quiet moments and during its more bombastic chorus. The song blossoms as it grows, climaxing in a cathartic blast of guitar. But, it also knows when to pull back. Hush isn’t relentlessly loud, and its attention to dynamics makes it compelling throughout. As with most of Sung Kyu’s solo work, I expect that this will only grow more addictive with time.
I’m going to listen to this until I get sick of it… if that’s even possible. Also, he looks amazing.
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Oh this is lovely. This is a breath of fresh air. Stylistically it harkens back to his pre-service solo work in 2018 which had such gems in it. Between you and me, 60 sec, True Love.
To be fair, the song does nothing new, but it does it well, and his voice is great.
When he first announced this I was skeptical because of his last album, it wasn’t in the same level of his past works, but when I discovered it was a Jongwan production, I was already sure that it would make me happy.
I’ve preparing myself for a Infinite disband for so long and I was sure that this would be easier now and turns out isn’t. I am not ready for this unsure future of them and I hope we can still have a comeback or something special from time to time.
Hush is everything I want and like about Sunggyu and it’s a nice way to say goodbye to Woollim. I hope he’ll find a good agency and keep pushing his solo work into this direction, he always wanted to be a rockstar, now is the moment.
Oh my gosh, this is so pretty. My heart.