[This review was written and scheduled a few months back in preparation for my absence in December. The standard posts for the end of the year (comebacks I have missed in November & December, the end of year charts + KPOPreviewed awards) will be written and posted after my return. No weekly charts will be uploaded for the last week of November and all of December.]
INX is a new band in KPOP, who made their debut at the end of July. They are a 5 member boy group, consisting of Sangho, Junyoung, Bonkuk, Jinam and Win. They are currently under NA Entertainment.
For a debut song, it is pretty good. It does show potential in the band (and that is obviously what the company/group wanted to do). The song does throw you back to the early days, when I started to get into it. This fits in with 2009 and 2010 era perfectly. However, the song is very boring and bland. They used quite an overused sound. They attempted to keep it interesting with that rough sounding “alright, alright, alright” (which is what I find the catchiest in the song), but it does fall short at its intention. The vocal work is pretty good and the rapping is okay. I just don’t have any connection with the song. The odd slow and fast parts, along with the soft and then hard sounding parts don’t really go well each other. It is like “oh let’s take a few genres that other people like, throw them together and hope to kill 1 bird with 4 stones (I do no endorse animal cruelty in any way, it is just a figure of speech)”. I’ll keep them on my radar to see what they can do, but they need something to highlight their talents/skills further.
When I watch the video, I think the song sounds a lot better. Not sure why… I can’t shake it off. When I want to go back and change what I said above (after watching the video), I can’t make any changes because that is what I agreed on (and still do). Does that happen to you? Or am I just being weird? I can watch the video, but I don’t really like the filter they have on it. It conflicts with the flashing lights in the video and makes it confusing to watch (like my feelings about the song now). Hahahaha… I don’t like that glow they have around themselves when they are blindfolded. That is really odd looking or just bad CG effects. While they do use overused sets, their stage presence in them gives off a new feeling to the sets and I think that really gives fans to chat about. Close up shots of the members and the choreograph scenes aren’t that clear and that’s quite disappointing.
Dance wise, it should be better. They have a song that I am quite sure, meant to give off a mature and strong vibe. It kind feels weak and the complete opposite of the song, sadly. Though their dance at the chorus already fits the beat quite well, I feel like if their moves were a lot sharper and more defined, the dance would look 100 times better. Just putting it out there.
Final Rating – 5/10