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Infinite – Paradise: Kpop Music Mondays

October 18, 2011

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All you Inspirits really came together to guarentee that Infinite makes it into Music Mondays. So far we’ve reviewed almost all their songs since we started doing Music Mondays: Nothing’s Over, Be Mine, and now “Paradise” (with the exception of “Before the Dawn,” which didn’t receive enough votes, but was reaaaalllly close to it). You guise are really good voters :D

Hopefully that’s not going to change with this week’s review. Today we’re reviewing “Paradise,” and it’s the first time we are disappointed by a song by Infinite. But we’re not disappointed in a really bad way. We’re not violently against the song, or think that it made terrible mistakes. It’s still a well done song, with great singing, and an artsy video. It’s biggest drawback is that it just sounds really REALLLLY like an 80’s boyband song. Like, exactly like an 80’ song. And we’re not too fond of the 80s. It’s not a sound we like. It’s like Vegemite: some people love it, and can make delicious sandwiches with it, while others get the jibbershakes when they taste it. 80s music…ugghhhhh. JIBBERSHAKES! Here it is if you haven’t heard it yet:

From the R&B style bass line that goes “BWWAAHHHWWW” before they start singing to the super 80’s “BA DAP AH DAP AH” beat, to the bad jazz flute used for the main verse. Jazz flutes are soooooo out…synths are in! We all play synths! DA DA DA DA DA! Do you know that song? No? You gotta check it out here:

Anyways, I think perhaps this song just gives us bad flashbacks of neon clothing and hammer pants (pastelpantaphilia, anyone?) so we don’t like it due to the trauma we experienced as children growing up with older siblings who were so into the 80’s blasting their 80’s music and singing and dancing with terrible 80’s fashion. I mean, hi older sister Nicole, this is your younger sister Martina! Looovvve you! Please don’t kill me…I swear your puffy hair perm looked great on you. And in Simon’s case, he loooved 80’s rap and R&B with his older brother. Shame on you Simon.

The video as well was a bit of a letdown. We like it from a cinematographic perspective: the lighting is great, the train is really eerie, and the guise aren’t acting stupid in the video (and that pleases us). But it just seemed redundant after a while. They’re ghosts that the girls can’t see or hear. We got it within the first 35 seconds of the video. It’s all the same from then on.

To be honest, we really wish that the dance from their live performance would have showed up in this video a bit. Infinite are rawesome dancers, like we mentioned in our review of Be Mine, and Paradise has a really cool dance to it. We understand that perhaps dancing ghosts would make for a worse video, but – ah well – we can dream, can’t we?

Anyhow, that’s it for this week. If you’re a fan of the 80s sound of this song, you can pick it up via YesAsia. And lastly, check out our Bloopers, where we give out more awards during our Kpop ceremony, and Martina loses control of herself and gets the giggles:

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  1. CNBLUE!! They are cute instead of depressing and creepy.

    8 years ago
  2. YUSSSS!!! CURRY IS AWESOMEEEE!!!!11111!
    Ahem. Anyway, ya, I have to agree with you guys on the 80’s thing, but its probably just a personal preference. I mean, it actually took me awhile to get used to Be Mine for that very same reason, and even though I like it now, its still not my favorite by them. But yea, I guess its just cuz 80’s music bugs me? Idk, but I’m in the same boat you guys are.
    Anywhayz, my vote for this week is for CNBLUE. Mostly just cuz their not dead. Sorry, Infinite, but ghosts flippin’ scare me. Even sexy Korean boy-band ones.

    8 years ago
  3. That “Being A Dickhead” video was weird to me and totally randon but i love randomness :)

    8 years ago
  4. Actually, this sounded more like a Bee Gees song to me. What with the one singer sounding almost exactly like Barry Gibb with that “My pants are so tight that I can’t sing within the normal range.” High, High tenor (almost soprano). All in all, since I really didn’t like the Bee Gees, I can say that I wasn’t real appreciative of this song either. Also, I gotta go with C.N. Blue.

    8 years ago
  5. My first impression of the video is a Korean-BeeGees-sound with lots of Korean guys with GD’s hairstyle in ‘Tell me goodbye’…. juajua 

    8 years ago
  6. My vote goes to Infinite xD though i wouldn’t mind being stalked by either of them ;D. Anyways Simon and Martina >__<

    8 years ago
  7. why would the 80’s be horrifying to you?

    8 years ago
  8. I would have to agree with GioMetric99 wy is it called Paradise if the group are all depressed and are all dead? It would be depressing if they all did love the same girl and that would suck big time :( I loved the skit Martina did about the 32nd Kpop Dance Awards I loled hard :) as well as the part at the end where simon played all the dead group members talking to their beloved girlfriend. Cant wait to see more Music Mondays. Well its a pretty hard vote for me between C.N. BLUE or INFINITE, but im going for Infinite in Paradise for the win!! :)

    8 years ago
  9. Ok, first of all, thank you so much for reviewing Paradise, not enough words can describe how much I love Infinite, their music is amazing and there isn’t a single song that I dislike from their albums. xD
    Your review was great but I couldn’t really relate~~ since I wasn’t born in the 80s….. didn’t really have much exposure to 80s music at all so… hahaha~ XDD
    I loved it how you parodied the video if you “hadn’t seen the original” video and LOL it fits, surprisingly well. :P Well I heard the song before the music video came out and fell in love INSTANTLY. There’s this part in between the middle and end where Sunggyu sings “…..until my heart stops” and there’s an actual heart beating during that specific line, it’s soooooooo cool and it’s one of my favourite parts in the live version because he gets on his knees and it adds to the dramatic effect of the song. <3 I agree with what you said about the video itself, I was expecting their 99.9% synchronised dance as well but after watching the video in full, I realised it kind of wouldn't of fit with the sombre concept. & their clothes reminded me of a vintage style, which is awesome, I love vintage, they did an amazing job styling them for this mv. & Martina, you are so right when you said that they had a lot of swag (during the bloopers LOL) because they totally do. :P 

    And that "being a dickhead is cool" video,…….. actually if I disregard what the lyrics are saying completely and if it was just an instrumental piece it'd be quite catchy! D: Just saying….. (although I'm not ready to move from kpop to check out 80s music :P)

    As for the showdown, my vote goes for CN Blue, I'd rather be haunted/stalked by a happy band :) than one that is dead/miserable band =( (as much as I love Infinite and their song/mv)

    8 years ago
  10. O:<!! I thought you guys loved brown eyed girls! ( You Lied To Me o_O! )
    why is this song called paradise when clearly they are depressed

    OMG o_o r they emo?

    8 years ago
    • seriously depressing indeed and thanks for clearing that up.

      8 years ago
      • oh you’re welcome, :) there are a lot of good English translated subtitled videos of the music video on youtube, I find that with music videos with a storyline such as this, it’s really helpful to understand what they’re singing about and so after reading the lyrics I can appreciate what they’re trying to portray a lot more! ^^ Indeed it’s a depressing song but, the music video makes sense and totally fits, which I personally find very beautiful and artistic… ^__^

        8 years ago
        • sometimes i do look up the lyrics for the song and sometimes i do but i generally tend to get side tracked when i actually do wanna look up the lyrics :(

          8 years ago
  11. Dan

    Where did you buy your t-shirt, Simon? I would appreciate if you could please tell me..I want to buy it badly..Thank you so much..

    8 years ago
  12. INFINITE~~~~~
    And thanks for reviewing Paradise! (:

    8 years ago
  13. CNBLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    8 years ago
  14. CN Blue in Love Girl
    they are just stalking the girl in her own house!!!!
    but they make it adorable….

    8 years ago
  15. Didn’t you guys say on tumblr that the best song so far in 2011 was Roly Poly? Yeah, that’s a different decade… hm~ ._.

    8 years ago
  16. Wowsa! (live dance version for the WIN)….now that’s some A-class thrusting ~ p’BAM.

    p.s. 80’s techno-pop…not so much….80’s R & B…oh yeah. I’m with Simon on this one. ;)

    8 years ago
  17. Game of Thrones?

    8 years ago
  18. INFINITE <3<3<3

    8 years ago
  19. I love 80’s music but I don’t think this song sounds similar to it even for me Be Mine is more 80’s,   anyway thank you for reviewing INFINITE. :D

    8 years ago
  20. OMG THAT SONG
    I CAN’T EVEN
    LOLOLOL

    8 years ago
  21. “What are you doing here, Joffrey?!!!???”  That seems to be a pattern in kpop vids, all the members of one boy band or girl group crushing on the same person. Maybe there’s not enough money in the filming budget to pay for more than one model at a time.

    I vote for CNBlue as house intruders, just because it takes gumption to sneak into a girl’s house via a wall poster, then set up an entire drum kit in her room.

    8 years ago
  22. Maybe I should check out some 80s music, because I ADORED this song right from the start! I had liked Infinite’s other songs, but this, to me, was heaven. <33333 I liked the song itself, the video, and especially the lyrics! I never thought of the 80s though, probably because I'm a '90 baby and never liked old music…

    I like both groups and both songs, but I prefer Paradise!

    8 years ago
  23. INFINITE !! <3

    8 years ago
  24. Mac

    INFINITE :D

    8 years ago
  25. INFINITE!

    8 years ago
  26. I’m sure your blooper video ruined Reese Peanut Butter Cups for a lot of people x0

    8 years ago
  27. My vote goes to CNBLUE!

    8 years ago
  28. CN Blue

    8 years ago
  29. Infinite!! :D

    8 years ago
  30. definitely an inspirit so infinite for me

    8 years ago
  31. OMG!!! you guys read my freaking mind! when i first heard Paradise it totally reminded me of a New Kids on the Block song: from the intro to the verses, the hook to the chorus it was very NKOTB. Even the vocals are similar to them because NKOTB always had those high notes during the chorus. So at first i was a like “meeh” about the song because it was so 80’s like at the intro but over time as i saw them do their lives, with their killer dance moves, i fell in love with the song and was like, “hmmm, i can dig it” lol.

    8 years ago
  32. INFINITE!! :D

    8 years ago
  33. I love CNBlue but I love Infinite more, so yes, Infinite got me :D

    8 years ago
  34. INFINITE

    8 years ago
  35. INFINITE.

    8 years ago
  36. CN Blue!! ^^

    8 years ago
  37. Hmm, I have to give this one to CN Blue; at least the girl had a poster of them in her room so she liked them for sure! :)

    8 years ago
  38. CN BLUE!!!! 

    8 years ago
  39. I wasn’t even around in the 80s but as soon as I heard this song I immediately thought 80s! 

    8 years ago
  40. i vote for cn blue!!!

    8 years ago