Junsu’s 2010 single, “Intoxication“, marks the half way point in the album, as well as the first active song since “Set Me Free”. Considering that I’ve had this song in my life since 2010, I’ve come to grips with how awkward it is. Granted, Junsu penned the lyrics himself (“squish you baby, let me feel your naughtiness/stroke you like an arpeggio, oh yeah“, lolwut), so I can’t say that I wasn’t expecting something less lolzy from him, but dude – this is beyond the scope of the common lulz, let’s be honest.
Anyway, what I enjoyed the most about this track is that it’s a remastered Korean version of the Japanese original. I’m not sure if I’ve been listening to a low-quality version of this song, I probably have, because this one features a lot more depth that I wasn’t aware existed. Mind blown, basically. It’s kind of amazing how a remaster can change so much in a song without really removing the core magic of it.
This song differs from the Japanese version in that it features a crisper, livelier guitar line. The sharp plucks and strummed arpeggiations turn this simple baby making song into a steamy, erotic moment fit for a filthy night in Spain. It’s an old song, but it might as well be crowned the song of the album, because all of its components work perfectly and blow the Japanese version out of the water.
The album continues with “Breath“, featuring Double K. This up-tempo brings back the string details heard in some of the other tracks and lightly sprinkles them among a very electronic, urban-pop beat. The production is fancy and very underground, but it works really well. It’s not exactly memorable, but I don’t think I would skip it if it popped up on shuffle.
“알면서도” slows things back down as the next ballad on the album. It’s probably the most unremarkable ballad, as it brings absolutely nothing particularly special to what we’ve heard already, nor anything fresh to complement Junsu’s vocal performance.
It’s an average, Disney-esque slow roller, and it didn’t help its impact that it was placed right before “Lullaby“, arguably the strongest ballad on the album.
“Lullaby” is the only ballad that draws inspiration from the R&B style that Junsu loves to play with in his lead singles. It’s plucked out straight from the 90s and for a Junsu song, the execution is superb. The verses are smooth as velvet and that chorus is the most sensual thing I’ve heard on this album so far.
For a song that lasts four minutes and forty-six seconds, “Lullaby” does a pretty fine job of keeping my full attention. Every hit of the snare keeps the momentum going, and with Dynamic Duo‘s Gaeko suggestively inhaling through his teeth just once in a rap section near the end of the song, it’s kind of like the ultimate hit to the G-spot, and I’m coming.