INFINITE – Paradise (Repackage)
Release Date: September 26, 2011
- OVER THE TOP
- 내꺼하자 (Be Mine)
- 파라다이스 (Paradise)
- Cover Girl
- Tic Toc
- Because (Sungkyu Solo)
- 시간아 (Woohyun Solo)
- Crying (Infinite H feat. Baby Soul)
- Real Story
- 내꺼하자 (Remix Ver.)
Paradise is a repackaged version of INFINITE’s Over The Top album, and is arguably one of their most famous and popular albums to date. Their title song, Be Mine, catapulted INFINITE into the limelight with its catchy tune, and Paradise was a soulful follow-up that really secured INFINITE’s place as one of the hottest second-generation K-pop idols. At one point of time, Paradise was my all-time favourite K-pop song that I would recommend to anyone who asked me about K-pop or INFINITE.
Besides the 2 title tracks that start off the album with a bang, one of the best things about INFINITE’s albums is that they make sure every song in them is worthy of being a title track, and nothing feels like it was put in the album just for the sake of it. My personal favourites among the other tracks are Sungkyu & Woohyun’s solos, as well as Julia and Amazing. Everything sounds so distinctly INFINITE, from their catchy dance tracks, right down to their ballads.
In addition, the track list arrangement is very easy on the ears, and really keeps me awake throughout. It sounds a tad weird, but some albums have so many random tracks (usually ballads or some random rap / upbeat song) slotted in after their title tracks that it gets very boring. However, nothing in this album feels out of place, which is why this album is extremely comfortable to put on repeat over and over again. They even feature their sister group’s member (Baby Soul from Lovelyz) in a lovely (yes, pun intended) ballad with INFINITE H, their rapper line.
It also helps that INFINITE boasts of strong vocals and rappers, and extremely good chemistry. Their voices don’t compete to outshine one another, but instead work together to form a harmony that keeps their album together.
I admit that I have put this album on repeat so many times that I once wondered if my CD could be broken or something by the time I got tired of it. It’s been 6 years, and I still go back to this album whenever I want to reminisce my teenage years spent listening to second-generation idols such as INFINITE. Their vocal colour is hard to replicate, and if you want to know what second-generation K-pop is like, this album is the one you have to listen to – and I guarantee that you will not regret it.