written by: McRoth
Underwhelming isn’t the first impression I would think of getting from an INFINITE release, but boy is this a first. Perhaps it’s the idea of a solo departure from the group, and therefore meaning a departure in expectations and quality that Sunggyu‘s solo single, “Shine“, lands in very uncomfortable territory as a song.
Not so much Sunggyu’s vocal lead, which is for the most part just fine here, but more the overall musical direction that is the most unforgiving element in “Shine”. Not that niche styles and inspiration in pop music is a bad thing, because uniqueness is everything to an artist, but something about this song’s style doesn’t really work.
Taking cues from 90’s alternative and soft rock, “Shine” derives from the same bloodline as the likes of Melissa Etheridge‘s “Come To My Window“. It’s certainly not a bad thing, but combining those vibes with Sunggyu’s thin, bright voice and his shaky way of singing makes for an odd union in music. Then take into account that the production itself is one of the least polished (awkward levels abound), and not only is this a strange K-Pop single, but a disappointing one at that.
Everyone can agree that Sunggyu isn’t an amateur singer, that much can be inferred from INFINITE’s extensive discography, but “Shine” shows no mercy in making him sound like one. Here’s hoping for a cleaner outcome in Sunggyu’s upcoming mini-album.
Singles of any kind are not rated with the same rating system used for mini and full albums.