To this point, INI have been a irritating prospect. In my view, they haven’t been dealt an honest tune but. When the group’s line-up was introduced on the finale of final 12 months’s Produce 101 Japan, I used to be thrilled to see what number of proficient vocalists made the reduce. However, songs like Name 119 have opted for a lot extra shouting than singing and haven’t managed to tether sturdy hooks to all of the bluster.
With We Are, INI are lastly in a position to showcase a brand new aspect to their music. The tune won’t examine to the very best highs of JO1’s discography (and even the Produce franchise itself), however that is the primary time I’m keen so as to add an INI monitor to my very own playlist. We Are has its sights set on a straightforward springtime power. Its mid-tempo beat emphasizes a gradual construct as footfalls of percussion nudge us towards a melodic centerpiece.
I actually like this two-part refrain. It has a breezy, seesawing nature that by no means devolves into nursey rhyme nonsense. As an alternative, a strong vocal efficiency offers the melody loads of heft. Guitar joins the fray, whereas large splashes of percussion spotlight the second half of the chorus. It’s a catchy combine, counting on a cautious build-and-release construction fairly than gimmicky catchphrases. Stacked towards many present J-pop (and Ok-pop) tendencies, a tune like this will really feel too middle-of-the-road. I get that, and I’m not able to declare We Are a shocking work of originality. However, it’s a welcome salve after tracks like Name 119 and Rocketeer.