So this is my second time trying to type up this review. My first review got deleted somehow, I’m not sure how, but either way, today and maybe a little bit tomorrow, I’ll be reviewing Red Velvet’s The Red album.
Red Velvet is a 5 member girl group under SM Entertainment that debuted earlier this year (I think) or last year with the song “Happiness”. The members are Irene, Joy, Wendy, Seulgi, and Yeri. Their fans are called “Cupcakes”. You get it? Red velvet cupcakes? Anyway, Yeri wasn’t originally in the group but was added in earlier this year. They have quite a few singles out that are well known including “Happiness”, “Ice Cream Cake”, “Be Natural”, and “Automatic”; and now “Dumb Dumb”.
I love this album, having listened to it several times. This is my favorite album
for the time being, along with f(x)’s Pink Tape, SNSD’s Lion Heart, and Goo Hara’s Alohara. I’ll tell you right now that my favorite songs off the album are of course Dumb Dumb, then Huff N’ Puff, Red Dress, Oh Boy, Time Slip and Cool World. What are your favorite songs on this album? Well, let’s get started.
“Dumb Dumb” is the title track and the first track on this album. And it starts off with a bang. This song is so catchy and upbeat, while having a heavy beat, but not too heavy. My favorite part of this song is either the bridge, which transitions in such a weird way or the “ha ha ha’s” in the chorus. I don’t know why I like them so much. This song is such a hip hop song with such a happy beat to it.
The next track on the album is “Huff n Puff” and this song also has an edgier side to it. I like this version of Red Velvet because it’s like what f(x) does but in a different way. Anyway, this song starts out with hard buzzes and a pretty heavy beat. The song flows quite naturally and fluidly. I like the use of different sounds in this song. It’s got a uniqueness to it that just fits well.
Next up is “Campfire”. This song starts out with electric guitar and it hits pretty hard as an upbeat jazzy song. The beat has a good flow to it and that bass in the background is awesome. My favorite part in this song is probably either the chorus or the pre chorus where Irene and Joy spit off rap/singing parts.
“Red Dress” begins with Yeri (I think) saying “Hey, you know how we do!” The song has a fast paced movement. It’s on an upward motion. This song is definitely one of my favorite songs on the album. The chorus is just so catchy and everything up to that point is on point.
This has got to be my favorite song on this album. “Oh Boy” is a hard hitting song with a catchy chorus and fun filtered piano throughout the verse. I love this chorus. It’s flows so well and has a good feel and groove to it. My least favorite part is probably when they are singing the “Oh Boys” over and over again after the chorus, but it doesn’t take away from the song too much so I’m okay with it.
“Lady’s Room” is one of my least favorite songs on the album and it still has a good rhythm to it. The synths in the background of the pre-chorus are excellent. This song reminds me of “Show Girls” by SNSD and I don’t know why. It’s nothing like that song. However much I might dislike this song, I still enjoy listening to it on my way through the album.
This song sounds like “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea. “Time Slip” has a very urban hip hop sound to it. However I like how the verse is hard hitting and then the chorus is smooth and flowing. It’s an excellent motif to put in songs especially one like this. Plus can we comment on Irene and Joy’s rapping in this song? It’s on point!
“Don’t You Wait No More” is a fun song that kind of reminds me of a round. It’s got the main riff going on over and over, but then they add the faster part over it and it sounds so cool. This was a song I didn’t like very much when I first heard it, but it now gets stuck in my head way too often.
“Day 1” is next. This song has a very Japanese feel to it. It’s got the cutesy, but old style Japanese song. Much like something you’d hear in a Hayao Miyazaki film. However, I like it quite a lot. The chorus is incredible with the vocal layering. I love when k-pop groups do Japanese “kawaii” style music. It makes my day especially because I was really into j-pop during high school.
The final song on this wonderful album is “Cool World”. This song has the feelings of an 80s song but much more modern sounding. I love this song so much. The way the synths swell and fall out to the simple drum beat is all just perfect. “Cool World” is repeated over and over in the chorus and is pretty much the entire chorus but it works really well, especially with the style of music they were trying to convey here.
That is finally my review of Red Velvet’s The Red album. I know it’s been a long time waiting, but I finally got it finished. Hope you enjoyed this album review. I’ll try to do more of these especially when I have Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break. I know I’m slacking and I’ll try to make up for that. Thanks for reading and thanks for supporting me.
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