8.022 YEAR: 2011 LOVE TO HEAR IT: (10 x 7) @RUNAWAY, @camden_italian, @BeingNormal, @junglefish, @Monkey0, @junkos, @vague (9) @Slice of Life, @M24 HATE TO SEE IT: (4) @Empty Shoebox (6) @Hurricane Drunk, @roblognick (6.5) @evilsin (6.75) @thommyh AS FOR ME: it’s a 8.5 LUCKY UNNIES*: @aux (7), @thommyh (6.75), @roblognick (6), @Crisp X (7), @Empty Shoebox (4) *meaning this was their lowest remaining score We break 8.00! Only took us 36 eliminations to scramble our way out of the 7-averages. As for the climb to 9.00… well, I’ll just say that one’s a lot shorter. This also marks Infinite’s halfway point as their fifth track out, with four remaining. ‘BTD (Before The Dawn)’ was Infinite’s first of five 2011 titles, released only a week into January. The video managed to stir up some controversy by being too violent; as you might expect, it’s tame as fuck, but 2011 was a simpler time. Woollim responded by continuing to let Infinite get pummelled in every subsequent video, and now, a decade on, ONEUS is getting mowed down by a firing squad. Art imitating life, I guess. This one took the longest to grow on me of any of their titles. My initial impression was that it’s a bit too inert, with melody lines that don’t really go anywhere and a too-plodding beat. To an extent, this still holds true – this is probably the least interesting topline of their career, and I’d rarely choose this over any of their other titles. All that said, this really has grown on me. That’s thanks mostly to the instrumental – or, more specifically, how it builds. The bass sets a solid foundation right from the start, and as it progresses, more and more elements get piled on: gasping breaths (dumb but it works), violins, and – best of all – the horns in the chorus. The latter ended up being what clicked everything into place for me; they’re by far the liveliest part of the arrangement and make the chorus feel triumphant instead of leaden. Better yet is the key change with its dramatic-ass strings, followed by the final chorus, which adds rhythmic backing vocals into the mix. I often groan a bit when this pops up on shuffle, but by the time Dongwoo’s rapping over a guitar solo at the end, I’m back to my usual slack-jawed, glassy-eyed state of blind stanning. Unsurprisingly, this was one of their more polarizing tracks, cementing its place in the middle of the pack. However, none of the low scorers provided commentary, so we get to skip to the good stuff and pretend yall stan too! Although Joli Chat, who gave it the same score I did, threw a touch of shade: “Sounds… Angsty?” Wait nvm I just scrolled over further in my spreadsheet, welcome to stream-of-consciousness writeups with Wills! It’s been a great Lucky Unnies week for thommyh, and he’s back after a brief sojourn in Romeo’s top scorers: “Not a fan of that like.. laminated sheet of paper warbling vocals. Literally they sound underwater for a lot of this fff. Chorus high notes aren't too bad, though.” BeingNormal recognizes Infinite OT7 was actually Infinite OT5, and you know what, that’s tea! “A proto The Chaser. It's pretty funny that Sungjong and Sungyeol are just given "why why" part nn.” And M24 gives this a high score, but with some damning commentary: “I get 90s boy band vibes in particular from this. I love the chorus, even if it's a little repetitive.” ddd wait maybe that's why it’s my least favourite… We’ll close with 2 of our 7 (!!) ten-givers. Monkey0 sees this as a turning point for the group: “First time they went for darker, synths driven aggressive bop and it paid off so much.” And RUNAWAY clocks why I’m always in such a bad mood with yall: “still such a bop. Infinite deserve more recognition.” Below is the video – I went with the dance version, since the original is incredibly slow & shitty and might be too violent for sensitive unnies. Unfortunately the camera completely fails to film the Scorpion Dance properly, so the whole thing is pointless. Enjoy!