Red Velvet Mini Album Vol. 2 - The Velvet
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|Product Title:||Red Velvet Mini Album Vol. 2 - The Velvet Red Velvet Mini Album Vol. 2 - The Velvet Red Velvet Mini Album Vol. 2 - The Velvet Red Velvet 2ndミニアルバム - The Velvet 레드벨벳 미니앨범 2집 - The Velvet|
|Singer Name(s):||Red Velvet Red Velvet Red Velvet Red Velvet 레드벨벳|
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|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1049176703|
Product Information / Track List
1. 7월 7일 (One Of These Nights)
2. Cool Hot Sweet Love
3. Light Me Up
4. 처음인가요 (First Time)
5. 장미꽃 향기는 바람에 날리고 (Rose Scent Breeze)
6. 7월 7일 (One Of These Nights) (De-Capo Ver.)
7. 7월 7일 (One Of These Nights) (Joe Millionaire Ver.)
8. 7월 7일 (One Of These Nights) (Piano Ver.)
레드벨벳, 두 번째 미니앨범 ‘The Velvet’ 3월 16일 발매!
-여성스럽고 부드러운 매력 담은 ‘Velvet’ 스타일의 음악 수록
대세 걸그룹 레드벨벳이 3월 16일 두 번째 미니앨범 ‘The Velvet’(더 벨벳)을 발표한다.
이번 앨범 ‘The Velvet’은 레드벨벳의 여성스럽고 부드러운 매력을 담은 Velvet 스타일의 음악으로 구성되었으며, 첫 정규앨범 ‘The Red’를 통해 상큼발랄한 매력으로 큰 사랑을 받은 데 이어, ‘The Velvet’으로 Red와는 다른 반전 매력을 선사, 또 한번 레드벨벳의 차별화된 정체성과 음악 색깔로 많은 이들을 완벽 매료시킬 전망이다.
특히, 레드벨벳은 지난 해 ‘Ice Cream Cake’와 ‘Dumb Dumb’을 연속 히트, 국내외 음원 및 음반 차트, 각종 음악 방송 정상을 휩쓸었음은 물론 ‘Dumb Dumb’ 뮤직비디오로 미국 롤링스톤지 선정 ‘2015 베스트 뮤직비디오 10(10 Best Music Videos of 2015)’에 아시아 가수로서는 유일하게 이름을 올린 바 있으며, 멤버들 역시 MC, 예능 프로그램 등 다양한 개인 활동을 통해서도 많은 사랑을 받고 있어 새 미니앨범 ‘The Velvet’으로 선보일 새로운 모습에 더욱 높은 관심이 기대된다.
한편, 레드벨벳의 새 미니앨범 ‘The Velvet’은 3월 16일 발매된다.
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April 5, 2016
The velvety side of Red Velvet is not something new. It has been exhibited in their outstanding R&B and soul numbers with mysterious charms like Be Natural and Automatic, as well as smooth, swingy songs like Something Kinda Crazy and Take It Slow. However, their velvety side is redefined in The Velvet, which includes ballads in more different music styles.
Inspired by the Korean folktale of Jik Nyeo and Gyeon Wu, "One of These Nights" (Track 1) is a sentimental ballad expressing the longing for meeting loved ones again. The song kicks off with a syrupy string opening, followed by simple piano chords and Wendy's mourning of "There's a sad, lone star in the dark sky once again." The backing strings create an aura of epic romance that matches the overall feeling of the song. After the lyrics "We meet again," the beats delivered by the percussion synth add an ambience of mystery and provide a musical hook to the song. Wendy doesn't have a bright and clear voice but she has excellent control over it. Joy, on the other hand, has a beautiful voice but the vocal color is affected by her tight throat.
"One of These Nights" has three other versions, namely the De-Capo version (Track 6), Joe Millionaire version (Track 7) and piano version (Track 8). The De-Capo version is generally calmer than the original track, starting with bare piano chords and faint string backing. More synth effects are used to build up a sense of loneliness. The mysterious Joe Millionaire version is mainly backed by synth for rhythmic effects. The overall musical arrangement is quite cool and space-age but it doesn't harmonize with the sorrowful lyrics. The piano version, stripping out other musical instruments and audio effects, accentuates the lonely mood of the song and allows the lyrics to get into listeners' heads easily. However, this version lacks a hook to sustain interest till the end of the song.
The sugary mood of the album turns spirited with the grooving R&B number Cool Hot Sweet Love (Track 2). Funky yet smooth, the song manifests both the red and velvety sides of Red Velvet. After a cool opening with electronic beats, the song transforms into a tranquil R&B melody with heavy vocal harmony and occasional tubular bell sounds.
Though Red Velvet's slow songs are mainly rhythmical R&B songs, they show their smoothest side in the pure ballads "First Time" (Track 4) and "Rose Scent Breeze" (Track 5). "First Time" is a bittersweet song expressing the complex emotions of teenage girls who are excited about falling in love for the first time but sad to be alone in the end. This song doesn't have special music arrangement but stands out among the other tracks thanks to the girls' impeccable vocal ensemble. "Rose Scent Breeze," beginning with a melancholic piano melody, conveys the pain of a broken relationship. Emotions soar when the electric guitar enters the melody and transits the chorus to the bridge, along with the lyrics "My empty heart only yearns for you." Right after the climax, the song simmers down to an end as Wendy sings mournfully "I can no longer hold on." The sudden change in emotion foregrounds the sorrow and wretchedness of the song.
The Velvet goes beyond my expectations but the group's velvety side is still weaker than the innate vibrant red side shown in their last album The Red. They are all skillful in singing but only Wendy and Seul Gi can handle deeply expressive songs such as "One of These Nights" and "Rose Scent Breeze." Joy and Ye Ri are still too young for that, but they demonstrate great potential in this album. Joy's improved vocal performance is exceptionally impressive in "Rose Scent Breeze." Though many fans are disappointed with the lack of R&B or soul numbers like Be Natural and Automatic, this album develops and adds variety to the girls' velvety sides and I really look forward to their next "velvet" album.