Another K-pop release review here, and finally I’m starting to review some girl group stuff!
Probably you already know by now that I always preferred girl groups over boy groups, especially when it comes to learning choreography. If you see my stan list, mostly there are ladies presented.
So today I’ll be reviewing another bop delivered by Red Velvet~
Release date: November 17, 2017
Title track: Peek-A-Boo
01. 피카부 (Peek-A-Boo) *Title
02. 봐 (Look)
03. I Just
04. Kingdom Come
05. 두 번째 데이트 (My Second Date)
07. Perfect 10
08. About Love
09. 달빛 소리 (Moonlight Melody)
I’ve never considered myself as a ReVeluv, but I can say that I haven’t missed any of Red Velvet’s title track releases ever since Happiness.
The girls have been really impressive with all those releases (the only complaint I have is Rookie, but oh well), and Peek-A-Boo managed to perfectly top-notch their unique style. Being a Velvet side supremacist, I’ve been yearning for something that would shook me really hard. Apparently still nothing tops Be Natural for me, but considering Red Velvet started merging their Red and Velvet sides ever since Russian Roulette (?), I was slowly losing interest until Red Flavor happened. And then Peek-A-Boo managed to keep my interest still floating.
Being a part of a Tropical house genre mainstream, the song still kept the strong SM style, which, I think, helped this song to receive such recognition from general public. Peek-A-Boo, in my opinion, showcased the best of the Red and Velvet sides merge, with the melody having the Red side vibes, and vocals being more on Velvet side. Except for adlibs, the vocals were at medium range, unlike Red Flavor where they were rather on higher range.
The choreography was again, very physically demanding, and I’m seriously amazed at how stable they still sound singing. But, I’ll be honest, it was obvious for me that Wendy had her moves less energized when she had to do her high notes at the end of the bridge, and that was merely to direct her power to vocals, which, I think, was a right move to do, considering her position in the group as the main vocal. Yeri seriously amazed me this time, especially in the first pre-chorus part. Joy… /sigh/ Joy… she was wonderful. Seulgi and Irene’s kinda clashing part in the beginning, where they go, “Oh gosh, nalliya” (Seulgi) and “Oh gosh!” (Irene “replying”) – was so good, I think I’d consider that one as my most memorable part.
I gave a brief listen to the whole Perfect Velvet album, and I’d like to say that, on one side, I’m happy Red Velvet are able to show different sides of the music, but on the other one, I’m sad that SM moved the “musically experimental” thing from f(x) to RV… I wish SM could treat f(x) as they treat RV right now, seeing how my girls are being neglected in favor of new generation makes me utterly frustrated at SM’s management.
Why am I suddenly saying this is because there were some tracks in Perfect Velvet that personally for me screamed out f(x) style, and I can’t help but sigh at the fact SM literally screwed my girls.
Anyways, it was a really good release from Red Velvet, and, to be honest, I still hope next comeback will be a fully Velvet side’s R’n’B style. Because definitely having only Be Natural, Automatic and One of these nights are not enough for me.
Title track – 10/10
MV – 10/10