Red Velvet make a return with a new ep titled The Velvet and single One Of These Nights (7/7). Ultimately the song finds itself dealing with an issue that Red Velvet are finally addressing.
One Of These Nights brings perspective to the concept of Red Velvet. Red Velvet works as group of duality. With the Red having been established as the fun and lively part (not a single ballad or R&B track in the vein of prior releases on the album), so inevitably it would eventually mean they would have to develop Velvet. One Of These Nights is not like past attempts of Velvet. With Be Natural and Automatic, they felt like simple copies to appease a question that was to be held off until later. Those two songs alone simple give us a look at a complete counter to Red, which did not feel like enough. The focus on singles Ice Cream Cake and Dumb Dumb felt like there was need to explain that.
Essentially One Of These Nights finally answers the question what the other side of Red Velvet is. It stands out mostly for one being a ballad blending the current known traits of Velvet and still applying the same quirks that Red Velvet as a whole bring. The song does not match the fiery of Dumb Dumb or the creepiness of ICC, but it does feel more at home with them than with Automatic and Be Natural. The marriage (albeit forced) between the ballad and R&B settings gives it a life that talks to who Red Velvet are. It has the maturity of the Velvet but has that off-ness of not being just one thing with it’s blend of genres. I appreciate that.
With that said, the song doesn’t completely live to great heights immediately. It’s very standard in performance, relying heavily on the group’s leading voices, with rather lovely harmonies from their two weakest (Who do get moments to stand on their own, but this song doesn’t feel meant for them). The song also is sung like a ballad insisting that it is such, instead of playing to the other genres respective rules. This leads to a nice and movable song who relies on any sort of interest coming from the drop and reveal of hidden elements, then just the entire work. The song could have been done as easily as a ballad (And is as one of the three alternative version on the official album release).
The song doesn’t live up to fun and bright quality of it’s other side, but definitely does a good job at finally bringing traction to the other side of the group, especially when compared to past offerings such as Automatic and Be Natural.