7.587 YEAR: 2014 LOVE TO HEAR IT: (10) @Slice of Life, @RUNAWAY, @camden_italian, @junkos, @Joli Chat (9.5) @Wills (9) @Monkey0 HATE TO SEE IT: (4) @thommyh, @soratami (5.5) @ysev (6) @codecat, @roblognick AS FOR ME: it’s a 9.5 LUCKY UNNIES*: @thommyh (4), @soratami (4) *meaning this was their lowest remaining score Oof, that’s a lot of high scores. We last heard from Infinite back on Christmas Day, and yes I will continue reminding you that I did that, what a serve. ‘Last Romeo’ was the title track from Infinite’s second full-length, Season 2, as well as their Sweetune swansong. This would sting more if they hadn’t continued putting out career highlights immediately thereafter, but still, what a bittersweet end of an era. Luckily, they went out with a total triumph. That half-point lopped off my score is a casualty of trying not to seem too biased ddd – frankly, this is such an easy ten. ‘Last Romeo’ strips out Infinite’s trademark synths in favour of a live-band sound, piling on one instrumental layer after another. The drums in particular give this a rockier edge than any of their other titles, and it’s easy to see the shared DNA with Sweetune’s later work with IZ. The hooks here are less immediate than many of their other tracks, and I wonder if that hurt them in the scoring. The song didn’t properly click for me until I noticed how every bar contributes to a single, focused melody, starting from the piano intro and continuing uninterrupted until Sungkyu’s final line. This topline is passed seamlessly between vocals, piano, and guitar, with trumpets popping in to provide a triumphant countermelody. It’s rare to find a track so single-minded in its approach to melody; paradoxically, the less-obvious nature of the hooks wound up proving more addictive than I ever expected. As a final note, I don’t think the guys have ever sounded better than they do here. The track’s a perfect fit for their individual voices, and even better when they come together for the chorus. Special shoutout to L – I was so gooped when I watched the video and realized it wasn’t Sungkyu on the final pre-chorus. Talk about most improved! Despite the (relative) deluge of tens, we only got one bit of commentary from RUNAWAY – but it’s a good one: “this song gets me all emotional for some reason. I don’t even know why. I love every second of this song, and it’s another one of those songs that defined the genre for me.” Yep, yep, that’s exactly how I feel unnie – maybe I’m doing a biT much, but this is one of those songs that make me realize how little lyrics matter to me. It’s the universal language of music, and the right melody can convey so much more feeling than words ever could. Below is the video, which might be my favourite of theirs – it’s simple, but so stylish and suits the tone of the track to a tee. I’m glad they tacked on the ‘Season 2’ intro, which always gives me goosebumps. Plus, lots of Woohyun focus, which is pleasant at the best of times, but here is an especially welcome distraction from Hoya’s wretched dye job.