Review of Infinite’s “Back”

I’m a big fan of Infinite, but it’s actually been several years since they released a song I really loved. It’s not that I’ve hated their latest songs, but they just haven’t done it for me. But this song! Wow, guys. Let’s get into this review!

 

Song

Is this my favorite song from Infinite? No. But this is definitely my favorite single from them since “Paradise” back in 2011. And that makes me really excited! You go Infinite! Make awesome music for me!

This song is partly quite stunning. The balladesque intro was lovely, and allowed the three best vocalists to really shine. Everyone sounded very good here though, and I’m quite happy that they didn’t include any rapping. I think it would have ruined the smoothness of the song, and since both of the rappers are more than capable singers, they didn’t need a rap break to shine.

This song has the smoothness, the catchiness and that 80’s gloriousness that we all want out of a good Infinite track. Well done.

Woohyun blew me away, as always, but Dongwoo also really impressed me. I knew he was a capable singer, but as the resident rapper I didn’t expect him to do that well. Sunggyu and Hoya did very well as well, especially the former. Which is to be expected.

Lyrics

I wish the lyrics were more interesting. There, I said it! There are a billion songs in kpop with lyrics just like these, and it’s not really something I can relate to. They want her back, they’re telling her not to forget etc. It’s nice and sweet and all that, but it really isn’t that interesting.

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There, that’s the entire lyrics. Got it? Yeah, I think you do.

Video

I like the video! It’s got great dancing, the guys are looking incredible, and there’s tons of fighting! Some members definitely pulled off the acting part better than others, but no one failed miserably, so I can’t complain. Here are some thoughts I had while watching the video:

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Ooh matching jackets! I wonder what it’d take to get my friends to all wear matching jackets…

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Wow, car window smashing. I did not see that coming. Like at all.

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I’m fine with the whole kidnapping plot thingy, but I wish we’d have gotten a teeny tiny explanation as to why she’s kidnapped. I’m assuming we’re dealing with some sort of rival gangs-situation, but I really can’t know. 10 seconds would have been enough to clear that up, just saying.

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Ouch. While I loved all the fighting, some of those scenes really made me flinch. And Sungyeol being hit in the leg was the worst one. He really looked like he was in bad pain.

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I love that they made the girl Sunggyu’s little sister, because that’s adorable, but I’m not digging the implied love line between her and L. L is 22 years old, and the actress who plays her is almost 14. She’s 13! So I’m hoping that all they’re implying is that she’s crushing on him, because otherwise… Gross.

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I can’t have been the only one who thought of Block B’s “Nalina” when I saw the ending, right? I mean, it’s the end of a gang fight, they’re running, then jumping, and then it cuts to black. It’s pretty much exactly the same, so don’t tell me you didn’t see it!

Dance

Infinite’s dances are always great, and this one was too. Now let’s see if you can figure out what I mean by my fabulous screenshots…

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I think this is the first time we see them dancing on the roof, when the members kind of step out of the line a few at a time? Is anyone understanding what move I mean? Probably not.

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I loved it when a few of the members at a time turned their back to the camera as well. Very cool.

Outifts and Styling

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Nice group outfits, but nothing that amazingly stood out to me.

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Love these though. It’s not too crazy, but it’s still a very kpop aesthetic. Everyone looks fab.

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I love Sunggyu’s earrings! I’m not entirely sure why, as I’m not normally a huge fan of earrings on guys, but here it just worked.

Now, before I go into individual hair stylings, I will comment on the ones I couldn’t get good enough shots of:

Sungyeol looks good in his hair, but it really isn’t anything interesting. He could handle something a little crazier.

Sungjong looks incredible. I’m loving what they did to his sides, and he just looks stunning. Really great.

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I’m loving Sunggyu’s hair. He has the pattern-shaved sides that Sungjong has as well, and he rocks it. This is probably the most attracted I’ve ever been to Sunggyu, and it’s all because this is the roughest I’ve ever seen him look. It’s hot.

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Hoya looks very good too. To be honest, everyone’s styling is quite excellent this time around, so I’m very pleased.

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Woohyun looks kind of like he always does, but that look works so well for him that I don’t see the problem. Stunning as always, babe.

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L is such a good-looking guy, but it feels like his look is always more or less the same. Mix it up next time, styling team!

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My bias looks so amazing. The rougher the better, I think with Dongwoo. His face is quite extreme and “rough-looking” in itself, so the more they play off that, the better he looks.

Final Comment

I’m pleased, oh so pleased. I was quite bored with their last comeback, and I’ve been bored with their comebacks for quite some time, so I was losing some faith in Infinite. But this has brought it back! Good song, good video, great styling. Now if only the lyrics had been more engaging…

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What do you think about Infinite’s new video? Let me know in the comments!

If you have any comments, suggestions or requests for Friday’s list of the week, Sunday’s random post or next Tuesday’s review, then leave a comment, send me an ask on tumblr or email me at topofthekpops@gmail.com!

– Admin A

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2 thoughts on “Review of Infinite’s “Back”

  1. I love how the song transitions from that great slow-tempo first minute to the more pop/dance pace of the rest of the song. It was a smooth switch in sound and keeps the song really interesting.

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