Pages

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Infinite: Evolution 2nd Mini Album Review

Infinite's second mini album, Evolution, is part of their BTD era which is portrayed very well in the album packaging and photobook.  This concept is very dark, eerie and mysterious, which is quickly seen by the album cover.  This Infinite symbol is edgy, the black gloss on black matte, this album matches the concept well.
The back cover is in the typical format, with a group photo at the top and tracklist at the bottom. I absolutely love this photo, which is very dramatic. What lured me to buy this album was Sungjong's glowing blond hair; he looks like a saint in that pose with that ray of light, and his hair just makes it that much more amazing. His ensemble, as well as Dongwoo's red hair,also balance out the other members' black outfits and dark looks.
Despite only being Infinite's second physical album, the quality of Evolution is still very nice and comparable to their newer albums.  The plastic backing that contains the CD is opaque black, so fingerprints are visible, whereas Infinitize and New Challenge as a transparent backing.  The photobook cover isn't made of thick material, however, making it more easy to crease and damage it.
This photobook contains 30 pages. The color scheme is black, which fits the concept well but my greasy fingers keep getting prints all over the pretty pages.  The first few pages illustrates the members in pure, innocent snow that contrasts well with the dark image.  I love how overall there is a dark tone, yet there are innocent pieces to counteract the darkness, such as L's furry top, Sungjong's platinum blond hair, and the calm snow in the background.
These pages also display definitions of the meaning of 'infinite' in the margins.  The type is small and with some pages it blends into the white background, so it's a bit hard to read.  Not that I bought this album to learn the meaning of 'infinite,' so I'm not complaining.
The next set contains a member profile that gives their name, position and birth date in a weird order.  The 6 digits are day/month/year, but within each unit, the digits are reversed.  For example, Hoya's birth date is March 26, 1991, and his number is 823019.  To my surprise, it only took about a minute to figure this out, and I was so proud of myself!  These are also the same digits in the Infinitize photobook.  When I first looked at my Infinitize album, I never bothered to figure out the significance of these digits, probably because I thought they were some company ID or something.
Anyways, the last section of the photobook contains lyrics and group photos.  Sadly Woohyun is bounded in the margin in this photo.  Overall, this is a gorgeous photobook that displays a darker, more dramatic side of Infinite.

Now on to the tracklist!  This album has six tracks.  I'll give my brief opinion for each track.
  1. 'Intro (Evolution)' is a great lead-in song that has elements from the main track, 'BTD.'
  2. 'Before the Dawn (BTD)' is the main track.  It begins with a fast and dramatic sound, and continues with this concept.  The dance to this is also amazing, especially the 'scorpion dance,' which really shows Infinite's dancing skills.
  3. 'CAN U SMILE' is the original version of my most favorite Infinite song, 'Can You Smile (Remake)'.  This version has a faster pace that showcases the instrumentals more than the remake version, which illustrates Infinite's singing abilities.
  4. 'Hysterie' fits  very well with this album's concept.  Like Sunggyu said, all of their songs could have been the main tracks, and he felt this song especially had that potential.  (I've read so many Infinite articles that I don't remember where I got this from, or else I would have sited it).
  5. 'Voice of My Heart' is a beautiful ballad that adds balance to the tracklist.  It's very soothing, contrasting the dramatic sounds of the other songs.
  6. 'I Don't Know' leaves a lasting impression as the last song on this album.  The song starts out with repeated and dramatic '몰라' (mol-la) that stays imprinted in my mind.
Overall, I love this album, the photobook and the entire tracklist!  There is no one song that I avoid, rather I can never choose which song to play first because they're all so good.  All the songs do have a similar sound, but they are still all unique yet fit well with the overall concept.

15 comments:

  1. Hello. I love your blog!! Do you by any chance know what's the difference between Can U Smile and the remake version of it? :) xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, thank you so much^^ The remake of Can U Smile, which is on the album Inspirit, is an acoustic ballad where Myungsoo plays the guitar and it's much slower, so you can really hear the members' vocals. This song is actually my most favorite song and it's what made me fall in love with Infinite! The original, which is on this Evolution album, is much more fast paced and upbeat so it's more of a pop ballad (but more on the poppy side), and it gives a completely different feel than the remake! The two versions are very different, but they're both very good!! There's actually also a broadcast version as well, where Sunggyu and Woohyun switched lines, but this version wasn't released on a physical album.

      Delete
    2. Thank you so much for answering :)xx
      The reason I'm asking you is because I watched this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PloIrFlzstw and I loved the song but I didn't know which version they sing in this video.
      Do you have all of infinite's albums? :')

      Delete
  2. Thank you so much for answering :)xx
    The reason I'm asking you is because I watched this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PloIrFlzstw and I loved the song but I didn't know which version they sing in this video.

    I'm guessing you have all of INFINITE's albums and DVDs so I'm hoping you can help me.
    I want to buy one of their concert DVDs and I can't decide between their "Second Invasion Concert DVD" and their "2012 That Summer Limited Edition DVD". Do you mind helping me? :)xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No problem^^ Ahh yah, that was the remake version! Oh wow that's a really tough decision, both of those concert DVDs are different and beautiful in their own ways! The Second Invasion DVD's concert is on a grand scale, and covers songs up to and including the Paradise repackaged album. The packaging for this DVD is also really big and fancy, but only includes a photobook. The Summer Concert DVD's concert is much smaller and more intimate, and Infinite is much more laid back with performing acoustic versions of their songs and not doing as many dance numbers. It's much more casual and relaxed. Also this packaging is simpler, but also includes a photobook, pouch and postcards. The downfall of this DVD though is that it doesn't include the performance of Dongwoo/Sungyeol/Myungsoo/Sungjong performing as a band and it has a fancam of each member except Myungsoo. So really, it's up to you as to what kind of concert you want to watch! Also they perform Can You Smile remake in the Second Invasion DVD, but neither version is performed in the Summer one. I hope this helped! And feel free to ask more questions~

      Delete
  3. Yey, thanks for answering again :D
    Do you have both of the DVDs? I actually don't know which one to choose. I love INFINITE's performance because they're always so powerful and I really like the idea of the pouch and the postcards. So, I'm back to the phase of now knowing which one to pick lol ≧◠◡◠≦✌
    What do you exactly mean when you say that their Summer Concert DVD does not include performances of Dongwoo/Sungyeol/Myungsoo and Sungjong performing as a band? >.< (stupid question sorry) (✿◠‿◠)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yup, I have both of them! I bought Second Invasion first and was soooo impressed with everything about it, and the Summer one is much more downscale so I wasn't as impressed, but now I love it! Ahh, sorry for the unclear explanation. So for Second Invasion, there are solo and duet performances, and all of them are on the DVD. For the Summer concert, Sunggyu and Woohyun perform together and Infinite H perform together, and they're both on the DVD. Dongwoo and the maknae line also performed as a band, but none of this was put on the DVD! You can see them rehearsing for it on the behind the scenes DVD though.

      Delete
  4. Oh, ok, got it! ≧◠◡◠≦✌
    Thank you for explaining. I think I will love both DVDs. I'm planning to get them from YesAsia. Do you recommend any other online store? :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I usually order from Kpoptown because they tend to have better prices and good packaging. But I do like YesAsia because their packaging is really good, just kinda expensive! Sometimes I also order from individual sellers from Amazon, but it's a gamble on whether or not my items arrive damaged :/

      Delete
  5. Yeah, they are expensive but they're currently having a sale. Though both their DVDs are out of stock so I'm waiting for an e-mail from them. But, I prefer YesAsia when I order many stuff because they have free shipping :)
    Also, I heard that Kpoptown is not that satisfying :|

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I feel like a lot of times when they say out of stock, I don't think they'll have any more coming...but I hope they will! Right, I forgot YesAsia has free shipping; in that case, it's good to order from them for bigger purchases! Haha so many people have had bad experiences with Kpoptown, but honestly I really like them! I always preorder from them and my package comes 1-2.5 weeks after shipping and they always arrive safely. Maybe I'm just lucky with them lol.

      Delete
  6. Haha, I guess you're one of the lucky people who use Kpoptown. I mean, there are so many people who make YouTube videos telling you to be aware of Kpoptown xD
    I really hope they'll have more...or else I'm gonna have to find another website to buy the Second Invasion DVD. Because I already found one that sells their That Summer DVD. Plus, I also want to get their Paradise Repackage Album. Ughh there's so much I want :P xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you'll be able to find the Second Invasion DVD! Oooh and Paradise is such a beautiful album. I ordered both of those from Amazon and they were packaged well. I hope you'll get them soon~~

      Delete
  7. Hey again :D
    It's my birthday today and I finally bought the "That Summer" DVD and the "Paradise" repackage from Kpopmart. OMG, I'm so happy. It's like an amazing birthday present for myself. Plus, I'm waiting for my "Be Back" repackage album to arrive.
    But, I cannot find their Second Invasion DVD yet. I guess I'm only gonna be able to buy it from Amazon or eBay :DD

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Happy birthday^^ Ooh those are going to be beautiful birthday gifts; I hope they arrive soon!! And I hope you'll get Second Invasion soon as well!

      Delete