Back in November 2016, I had already blogged about the Japanese albums within My Infinite Collection. At that time, I was certain that I'd never get Infinite's Best of Infinite album. There were so many reasons why I was against this release, mainly:
- Woollim's focus on Japanese releases instead of Korean releases
- This release only included one completely new song, and one new Japanese version of a Korean song
- There are 3 (expensive) versions, one of which is Blu-ray, meaning duplicating the video content
Despite all of these rational reasons, at the end of 2016 I somehow gave in when I received an Amazon gift card. I saw this as the perfect chance to get an Infinite item that I wouldn't have normally gotten. I've said this before, but on Amazon it's always hard to buy Infinite albums (and other Kpop goods in general) because the image and description are usually not specific or accurate. I decided to order Type B (Limited + DVD) because that cover is just so deadly. I ordered it for $41.75 USD from a 3rd party seller, marvelio, who is based in Pennsylvania. My package shipped 2 days after I ordered it and took 18 days to arrive since shipment (note that this was during the holidays). My album came in perfect condition, which is rare! The cardboard packaging fit perfectly around my album (no padding so if it were to take a hit, it would've probably gotten damaged). Enough about my tangent, I'll go onto properly introducing the album and to my unboxing review.
Furthermore, the tracklists are slightly different for each version. Please refer to my table for the tracklists for Type B. All versions contain the CD tracks 1 through 17, and Type A and Type B contain the video content tracks 1 through 17. Type A includes bonus CD tracks "Destiny" and "Cover Girl", and bonus MVs of "Destiny" and "Tic Toc [OGS Returns Live]". Type B includes bonus CD tracks "The Chaser" and "Shower", and bonus MVs of "The Chaser" and "Lately". Note that all bonus content are the original Korean versions.
D.N.A (JP, MV)
Can't Get Over You (JP, MV)
Last Romeo (JP)
24 Hours (JP, MV)
Come Back Again (JP)
Dilemma (JP, MV)
24 Hours (JP)
Last Romeo (JP, MV)
Nothing's Over (JP)
Man In Love (JP, MV)
She's Back (JP)
Man In Move (JP, Teaser)
Man In Love (JP)
She's Back (JP, MV)
She's Back (JP, Teaser)
Can't Get Over You (JP)
Be Mine (JP, MV)
Just Another Lonely Night (JP)
BTD (JP, MV)
Bad (KR, MV)
Be Mine (JP)
Back (KR, MV)
Paradise (KR, MV)
Nothing's Over (KR, MV)
Love of My Life (JP)
Come Back Again (KR, MV)
The Chaser (KR)
The Chaser (KR, MV)
Lately (KR, MV)
Opening the album, the photobooklet is on the left while the discs are on the right. The pink slip is a promotional event sheet.
Here is a closeup of the sheet for the promotional event on September 30th, 2016.
The disc on top is the CD. As stated previously, "D.N.A" and the Japanese version of "Paradise" are the 2 new tracks from this release. "D.N.A" is more on the darker, harder side of Infinite's songs. Infinite actually performed the Korean version of "D.N.A" in their Rally 3 fan meeting in early 2017, so hopefully they'll release a Korean studio version of "D.N.A" in the future.
In the past when there were 2 discs, they would share one plastic casing. However this album's casing also got an upgrade where the CD is isolated on its own plastic layer. You pull up from the middle of the side (it indicates where) and later you can snap it back in place.
Here is the DVD, which is for all regions. The new contents on this DVD that were not previously released are the music videos for "D.N.A" and "Can't Get Over You", and the Making of D.N.A. Infinite looks especially good in the "D.N.A" music video - they pull off this bad boy concept so well and the choreography looks so sharp. I also really like the "Can't Get Over You" music video. This is a pop ballad that's slower than Infinite's other title tracks, yet they still have a really fitting choreography. I found it interesting that they used the For You album logo at the end of this music video despite being released during the 24 Hours single.
Sadly the Making is just under 9 minutes long. The first few minutes showed the behind-the-scenes of the 2 photoshoots while the remaining time was for the behind-the-scenes of the "D.N.A" music video. The members mainly spoke directly to the camera in Korean, like mini impromptu interviews, with automatic Japanese subtitles. In the foreground were the instrumental version of "D.N.A", then the regular version. Despite the short duration of this making, it was so beautiful seeing Infinite truly own this bad boy concept!
The photobooklet may include 36 pages, however only the first 10 pages are dedicated to Infinite. There is 1 photo per member, with Woohyun, Sungyeol, and Myungsoo each getting a 2-page spread.
The remaining 4 members have their individual photos on 1 page each. These photos are all different from those on the back cover. I can't get over how good Sungjong looks pulling off this concept!
The remaining pages are for the lyrics. As for the 2 Korean songs "The Chaser" and "Shower", the lyrics are in Korean with Japanese on top of each line in a smaller font.
The last 2 pages contain the album credits, DVD info, and Infinite's social media information.
I still have mixed reactions about this release, but I am happy to have this in my collection. As for Inspirits who don't have any of Infinite's Japanese releases, I would definitely recommend this album (or any of its versions) as it has almost all of Infinite's Japanese-only songs.