Hooo~haha Are you ready for this? 2 ZIMZALABIM Red Velvet from the The ReVe Festival Day 1 mini album SM Entertainment 207 points Last Month's Position: N/A Peak Position: 2 Months on Chart: 1 Voters: 10 - @eccentricsimply, @SloMover, @nikkysan, @Coming Century, @ysev, @Island, @Oleander, @Artemisia, @GeiPanda, @Hurricane Drunk 9 - @Serg., @ryjm, @ThighHighs, @Remorque, @Slice of Life, @Kuhleezi 8 - @Rainbow Road, @Twinkle 7 - @Love Deluxe, @Vesperly, @Wills, @Rem 5 - @BEST FICTION 2 - @savilizabeths, @Vixen @Kuhleezi checking in at ha K-Popjustice Charts debut to talk a bit about ha ultimate bias and friends' latest comeback single. Please gimme a PAK it would be highly appreciated thanks xx Zimzalabim 'tis only the latest of a series of c o n t r o v e r s i a l ReVe singles, with its weird ass song structure, mix of countless genres and influences, but still a relentlessly cheerful upbeat energy and catchiness that has rubbed many a feathers not the right way. I mean, you only need to look at the outfits dd to get this is an iconically Red Velvet Red Velvet comeback. Personally, I find all of this something that only adds to the song's unique charm. The way it shifts from marching band to f(x) to 2011 Rihanna to everything all together; the way it crams a pre-chorus right after the first chorus and then goes 'oh nvm here's the second verse'; the way it still finds space to send us a familiar lifeline with the smoothest of ReVe bridges; the way it doesn't resolve but builds and builds till the last burst of post-verbal liberation aka the joyously cathartic ReVe 'consonant sound + a' hooks. I get it, it's really messy. But I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm so happy that my girls are out there releasing these weird ass songs (and this time with a lot more meat on its bones compared to a certain other previous endeavor). I'm not usually one to care about the popularity, but I guess this time will be the exception and I'm so glad this seems to be another hit for Red Velvet. It means there's a commercial space for their thing other than a purely artistic one. And that's extremely important for a group like Red Velvet, where in my opinion they will have to constantly push forward to stay at the top of their game. And if this mini is anything to go by, I'm super hopeful and optimistic. One thing I've noticed is that this song was super divisive on release day, but it seems to win over more and more people over time. Slow month and all that, but I was expecting this to rank a bit lower, and this may be proof of that. Your comments also seem to suggest that. Who knows, maybe there will be more converts in time for the rate. Not that I would like it or anything. nikkysan: The girls are gonna need all the help they can get after the reception it got on here but I swear this song is a grower! It does get better and more palatable with every listen. The last 20 seconds really EXPLODE. savilizabeths: What a clusterfuck. It doesn't work at all, but it also does. A part of me wanted to put this higher on my list, because I do actually really enjoy it. But something just made me want to...not. I'll keep bopping, but it's definitely not on my list of favourite Red Velvet tracks. Vesperly: !!!!!!!! ryjm: Red Velvet really are SM’s answer to serving f(x)’s experimental music to the new generation. They truly are the spiritual successors to f(x), while their releases are a lot peppier, their songs are becoming even more bizarre with each comeback. I totally understand the legitimate criticisms this song gets – there’s an element of whiplash but I absolutely love the sheer insanity of it all. While the chorus could be critiqued as being lazy and one note, it’s so addictive and already engrained into my brain. The dance break is pretty damn lit and again reminds of f(x) in the best way. There’s so much going on in the song to the point that each repeated listen is just as rewarding as the last, revealing another layer of intricacies amongst all the bombast. The middle 8 is a fleeting moment of respite and serves a brief glimpse of their Velvet side before the triumphant final round of the magical (and somewhat demonic) chorus. While this is no Red Flavour, the good sistren delivered yet another summer bop. ThighHighs: Queens of MESS! The first listen was a true experience, and it took me at least 10 listens for the chorus not to stick out like a sore thumb. Eventually, once it all clicked together, I saw this for what it truly is: ART! Vixen: This grew on me a whole lot eventually, but I still think it's insanely weaker than like at least four other albumtracks. Yes, I understand that the structure and unusual chorus lends the song the "wow" factor it needs to be a title song, but it's just...literally...inferior to the b-sides. My favorite part of the song is the bridge which is, admitedly, gorgeous. Wendy sounds absolutely fucking amazing on it.