After a string of basic releases, Boyfriend finally dropped a great song last November with the questionably titled “Janus”. They’re back again with a repackaged version of that album and a new single, “I Yah”, which raises the bar even higher than “Janus” did to become the band’s best single to date.
“I Yah” is a continuation of both the darker, eighties synthpop sound of “Janus” and the song’s more masculine concept. In other words, it’s another INFINITE leftover that Sweetune felt wasn’t quite right for his star boy band at this point, so it was handed over to Boyfriend instead — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. INFINITE’s music is nothing short of flawless, but since they’re probably preparing to evolve their sound now following the success of hits like “Paradise” and “The Chaser”, it’s good to see that their songs can find a safe home in Boyfriend — even if it does mean that Boyfriend will probably forever remain the less interesting version of the Hoya and Co.
“I Yah” is actually superior to a lot of INFINITE’s pre “Be Mine” singles. The hook is a total doozy of glittery eighties perfection that becomes utterly irresistible once seen with Boyfriend’s sexually suggestive choreography. I wouldn’t even be upset if INFINITE used this for their comeback single, even though it would essentially just be a less good version of “The Chaser”.
By the way, is it just me, or would’ve this made a really hot Pandora repackage single for KARA? The very thought of Hara and Gyuri touching themselves to this makes me weak at the knees.