2017-2014=3 years. Well for Red Velvet its been 2 years and some change, but right now I am just gonna go with three years. Anyway, Red Velvet has been around since 2014, almost three years, which for some doesn’t seem like a long time. Still we have moved through several albums now, which means several comebacks…and…a lot of them feel the same.
This isn’t going to be a long or thorough review.
Rookie sounds like Red Velvet. That’s about as much as I can say really.
(Of Course there is more)
The song fits Red Velvet’s brand of cute offbeat pop while not coming off weird or strange. It’s a very average K pop song, and the group handles it well. I do like the beat and it swings hard. It’s funky and fun. It’s on par with what the group has released,lining up with Dumb Dumb in several ways.
Overall I can’t think of a reason to not like this song, after so long. The video is strange, but to be honest fits the group in their strange ways. The video reminds me of Happiness with the random and very noticable sets. However here the group leans heavily on the fourth wall with the opening and ending scenes indicating that is not their reality. Once again…something the group has done before.
Rookie is Red Velvet in the most comfortable, and frankly too familiar setting. While it doesn’t excel like Dumb Dumb or is as catchy as Russian Roulette, it is a passable track.
Popular ballad duo Davichi returned with…*DRUM ROLL*
I am not exactly shocked, nor did I expect/desire/hope for something different. The reality is some groups do what they do with great returns. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it…and for Davichi that means singing in angst over a ballad.
Beside Me is pretty standard. It doesn’t seem to lack in anything really, and even avoids tripping into excess; however the song doesn’t really move me. It has all the usual fixings for a slow tempo burner. The usual production cues including a piano and string opening, but doesn’t dive immediately into a typical orchestra. Instead it comes off as more of a pop ballad moving much slower than it needs to. Then you have Minkyoung and Haeri themselves. As a ballad group you have two ladies who are no slouches at what they do. They sing, and in their genre, they sing with a strong emphasis on phrasing and words. This is why a lot of ballad singers like to play up that weak tone when displaying vulnerability only to fly into soaring high notes. Here Davichi avoid that, instead singing with a fullness, while still managing to give off the idea of sadness. They also manage to not get excessive on the vocals. Instead they sing what feels appropriate…but…at the same time not enough. Haeri and Minkyoung feel like they are just scratching the surface of something interesting, but doubtfully move forward, settling for good enough.
The video is everything that we have seen before. Two beautiful women wondering random oddly decorated environments searching for love. Once again…nothing new, but still very much delivers.
Beside Me is nothing we haven’t gotten before, and will likely not be the last of its kind (from this duo or the industry itself). It is a sad love song that feels just slightly more modern than the average K ballad, and thankfully avoids grand gestures of vocalizing throughout most of the song. But it stops just at the point of being acceptable and palpable for the public…and really…that’s all you can ask for.
Davichi’s Beside Me is available online and on their latest ep 50 X HALF.