To hear Junsu's (XIA) fans talk about him, you get the impression that he's some kind of pop deity of creativity and originality, and I keep waiting for Junsu to do something truly exciting and mind-blowing. While his latest single, "Incredible" is fun, I have to admit that I'm still waiting.
"Incredible" (written, composed, and produced by Bruce 'Automatic' Vanderveer, co-written by Junsu) is your standard early/mid-2000's-style club anthem with a strong dance beat and lots of sing-a-long / shout-a-long parts to it. It's an oddly safe stylistic choice for the man who brought us the terrific track, "Tarantallegra", especially since the trend in K-Pop for 2013 has been experimentation and risk-taking.
Aside from the truly awful rap breakdown courtesy of Quincy (shake your spaceship candy?), there's nothing to complain about with "Incredible". It's a perfectly okay song. But on the same token, there's also nothing to really rave about. There's nothing there to make it memorable or interesting unless you're already a die-hard Junsu fan, because this song has been done a thousand times before by other artists.
While "Tarantallegra" was headed in a very interesting direction, "Uncommitted" and "Incredible" are two big steps backwards into been-there-done-that territory. "Okay" doesn't cut it in a saturated market, especially when you're Junsu and can't actively promote your music on music programs alongside other K-Pop acts. It might be time for Junsu and Vanderveer to press the reset button, part ways or bring in a fresh new songwriter/producer into the mix, because these generic songs aren't going to help Junsu shine as a soloist. Junsu is an incredible singer and performer, but ultimately, this song just doesn't live up to its title.