written by: rickyom
The first sub-unit debut of January and of the year comes from duo Infinite-H. Originating from boy-band Infinite, this sub-unit (consisting of Hoya and Dongwoo) aims to give listeners a different attitude and sound in the form of Hip-Hop – a sound very different from that of their origins.
The EP opens up in a full hip-hop manner with “Victorious Way.” The whole track is very monotonous, leaving too little to enjoy. The scratching makes up about 1/4 of the song and becomes tedious. Seeing as there is no real chorus, this song could be seen as an intro, but seems too long to be. Luckily, things start to pick up once the mini-album hits the next track and title song “Special Girl.” Hoya’s rap verses are soft while Dongwoo’s are a little edgier, which is a very nice combo for this sub-unit. But there are some snags, like when the song hits the chorus. It’s almost like you’re jogging and all of a sudden hit a pothole. The chorus is the song’s weak point, but the more you listen to it the less noticeable that pothole is.
Now, where “Victorious Way” was lackluster and “Special Girl” wasn’t, “니가 없을 때” lies somewhere in between the two. The chorus practically saves the song, but the verses are its misgivings. Hopefully they thanked guest singer Zion.T, who adds much needed oomph to this one. “못해” is another round of monotony.
“Fly High” is the only pride I have in listening to this sub-unit. Providing an uplifting message in a fun, yet corny fashion, this song wins big for me.
If there is something to take away from this, it’s that sub-units should be carefully picked. Sure, Hoya and Dongwoo rap in their representative group, but it’s different when you’ve been separated from the herd; there should be a variety, and Infinite-H doesn’t quite bring enough yin and yang as a duo. If a main vocalist was in this sub-unit, it definitely would’ve been a lot more interesting a mix.
To wrap it up, most of the songs on ‘Fly High‘ are laid-back, which as a whole isn’t a bad thing, but can be pretty tiring if you listen to it all at once.
| Points scale
0 – could do without
0.5 – mediocre/filler
0.75 – pretty good/grew on me
1 – liked immediately
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Points to stars conversion: [(2.75/5) x 5] + 0.25*
*there is a 0.25 bonus for every album. The logic is that, if every song were “pretty good”, it’s a 4-star album.