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[Album & MV Review] INFINITE - 'Infinite Only'

By eric_r_wirsing   Saturday, September 24, 2016   33,790   6,845   12



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1. Eternity
2. The Eye
3. AIR
4. One Day
5. True Love
6. Thank You
7. Zero

Taking a break from their Japanese activities, INFINITE has returned to the South Korean stage with 'Infinite Only.' The mini-album has 7 tracks, two of which bear Dongwoo and Hoya writing credits. The two also share producing duties here.

The album opens with the epic-sounding "Eternity," a symphonic intro track that gives you almost no hint of what's ahead. While it's more complex than other intro tracks, I'm not sure it was the best one for this album. Other intro tracks usually have the vocal hooks from the title track or something similar.  It's good but doesn't serve its purpose. It does, however, remain true to the symphonic elements used in many of their songs.

In "The Eye," Sungyeol and Sungjong hit the high parts with authentic falsetto (frankly, I thought it was a girl collaborating with them, annoyingly uncredited). Still, beyond that, it's a pulse-pounding anthem with much to recommend it. It has their trademark blend of orchestral and electronic elements, with some dubstep breaks -- the combo makes this song pop. Hoya and Dongwoo abandon their raps here and instead hold their own vocally with the others, which makes this song stand out even more.

You don't go long without those urban beats in "Air." EDM is the main instrumentation here, along with the raps we're used to. They pour as much power into the chorus here as in other songs, and its fierceness works well alongside the smoothness. There's no time for vocal runs as the music doesn't let up until the end. "Air" is a tune that grabs you from the start.

"Zero" almost sounds '80s-style in the intro, and the boys pick it up and sing with gusto here. In some ways it reminds me of disco, but they definitely deliver here, and the raps are just as raw as the rest of the song. I love the unleashed nature of the tune, and the emotion is palpable in this tune. The only issue I have is the sudden ending.

One thing you'll notice on this disc is the absolute lack of pure ballads. "Thank You" comes close, but it's more of a soft pop tune than a ballad. "One Day" is in a similar boat, being more of a rock ballad. What's interesting is that the softer tunes are sandwiched in between the harder club bangers, allowing the album to end with a bang. I like it. It doesn't slow down enough to blunt its edge, and I love the album has a more electronic bent, without changing their sound completely. Definitely thumbs up.


There's a line in the song: "trapped in your eyes." The producers took the line literally, so that is the dramatic focus of the MV. The environment is post-apocalyptic, L is caught in his ex-lover's eye, and the boys fight to keep him from getting sucked back in. The concept might be laughable, but in this producer's skilled hands, it works well.

They do a good job here. The environment is crisp and believable, and there are nods to Infinite's past MVs like "Chaser" and "Before the Dawn." At the end of the MV is a photo from a 2015 magazine shoot, maybe to bridge the past and present?

The dancing scenes are quite good. The choreo isn't that complex, but the boys' movements are so crisp and forceful that it more than makes up for that. The performance ranks up there with some of the more elaborate dance sequences.

Overall, this was highly enjoyable. If I thought highly of the song, I was in for a surprise that the video is just as good. Sometimes the MVs are just something they put out to have something to go along with their album. This MV is far more artistic than just filler.


MV Relevance..........8
MV Production.........8
MV Concept.............7

Album Production...8
Album Concept........7


SEE ALSO: INFINITE reveal special MV for 'Take Care of the Ending'




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DramaFreakkk Thursday, September 29, 2016

I suggest the reviewer should check out the review by Billboard.  The opinions of allkpop are obviously based on personal preference.  And obviously he's not so much for this type of music.  There's no understanding of Infinite music, specifically the style, the colors, and the elements of their music arrangement.  The analysis is out of blue, to be honest. For example, on what basis does an intro have to be related to any song of the album?  Is there a formula in music theory to expect intro taking pieces or making twists out of title track?  Intro is to grab listener's attention ready for something unexpected and excited.   Other than the obvious string orchestra elements the reviewer noted (it's so obvious that no one can ignore that since it's INFINITE's signature LOL), nothing else in this analysis comes close to a pro analysis of the characteristics of the songs and the concepts of the album.  For example, those string accompaniments in the background can't be even mistakenly called symphonic elements LOL. Having string instruments harmonizing music arrangement doesn't mean those are symphonic elements.  My goodness!  Go check music dictionary what symphony stands for, editor!  This reviewer should take some lessons in classical music; well it doesn't have to be classical music, just music in general, seriously.   Music review is not just what random music fans can do or should do.  If you don't have extensive knowledge or training in music, you may as well just do REACTION like many Youtubers do nowadays and it's ok bcos that's all your personal feeling and taste and preference and like or dislike of the music you talk about.  But this???????  That's not what I call a review.  LOL  I've long while just skipped allkpop "review" bcos I knew I couldn't really dig any insight out of shallow knowledge about music. And that's what I usually feel about allkpop articles.  But dang, out of curiosity since The Eye is very refreshing to listen to among all the over-westernized hip hop noise, I just clicked on the link and as usual still didn't get any sh*t out of the allkpop this time.  A waste of time.  Allcr*p. LOL  Should just totally ignore any link to allkpop in the future.  BTW, is the reviewer a dancer too?  On what basis does he consider the choreo not complex?  Do you think that's a piece of cake to dance martial art movement 100% in sync?  Another example of ignorant point from the reviewer.  Here're my ratings for this review:Review relevance....3/10Review quality.....1/10Review concept......N/A  (Where's the concept?  I don't even see it.)

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17caratarohas Saturday, September 24, 2016

why dont i like this review?maybe cuz i doesnt make sense but in my opinion i love this album

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MayBlueCal207VI Saturday, September 24, 2016

This person really don't understand the MV. And why is the intro unfitting? Like there are many elements of The Eye in Eternity. Allkpop being stupid again

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