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Red Velvet Mini Album Vol. 3 - Russian Roulette

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Come and join Red Velvet's game of Russian Roulette! Composed of different styles, the chic mini-album contains the retro synthpop title plug Russian Roulette, the brass-driven pop dance jam Lucky Girl, the powerful dance number Bad Dracula, the new jill swing-style Sunny Afternoon, the acoustic country pop song Fool and the electronica house number Some Love.
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Product Title: Red Velvet Mini Album Vol. 3 - Russian Roulette Red Velvet Mini Album Vol. 3 - Russian Roulette Red Velvet Mini Album Vol. 3 - Russian Roulette Red Velvet 3rdミニアルバム - ロシアン・ルーレット 레드벨벳 미니앨범 3집 - Russian Roulette
Singer Name(s): Red Velvet Red Velvet Red Velvet Red Velvet 레드벨벳
Release Date: 2016-09-09
Language: Korean
Disc Format(s): CD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: SM Entertainment
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1052940185

Product Information / Track List

레드벨벳 미니앨범 3집 - Russian Roulette

1. 러시안 룰렛 (Russian Roulette)
2. Lucky Girl
3. Bad Dracula
4. Sunny Afternoon
5. Fool
6. Some Love
7. My Dear

레드벨벳, 세 번째 미니앨범
‘러시안 룰렛’
9월 7일 발매!

레드벨벳이 세 번째 미니앨범 ‘Russian Roulette’을 9월 7일 발매한다.

레드벨벳은 7일 총 7곡이 수록된 이번 미니앨범을 공개하며, 한층 깊어진 레드벨벳만의 다채로운 음악 세계를 만날 수 있어, 글로벌 음악 팬들의 뜨거운 관심이 예상된다.

특히, 상큼발랄한 신스팝 곡인 타이틀 곡 ‘러시안 룰렛 (Russian Roulette)’은 사랑하는 사람의 마음을 얻기 위한 과정을 ‘러시안 룰렛’ 게임에 빗대어 표현한 가사와 중독적인 훅이 돋보이며, 오락기 사운드를 연상시키는 복고풍의 8비트 사운드 소스 라인이 듣는 재미를 더해, 올 가을 가요계를 대표할 히트송으로 자리매김할 전망이다.

또한 데뷔곡 ‘행복 (Happiness)’을 비롯해 ‘Ice Cream Cake’(아이스크림 케이크), ‘Dumb Dumb’(덤덤) 등을 연이어 히트시키며 대세 걸그룹으로 자리매김한 레드벨벳은 상큼발랄하고 사랑스러운 매력과 여성스럽고 매혹적인 색깔을 모두 느낄 수 있는 레드벨벳만의 반전매력으로 많은 사랑을 받고 있는 만큼, 이번 앨범을 통해 보여줄 새로운 모습에 더욱 귀추가 주목된다.

한편, 레드벨벳의 세 번째 미니앨범 ‘Russian Roulette’은 9월 7일 오프라인 매장에서 만날 수 있다.

Size: 13*151*152 mm
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September 29, 2016

When Red meets Velvet
Promoted as an experimental group with a dual concept, Red Velvet has shown their vivid, bold image with the red-oriented Ice Cream Cake and Dumb Dumb, and their classy, toned-down style with the velvety "One of These Nights" and Automatic. However, the concepts are not unique to Red Velvet since most of K-pop groups have their own "red" and "velvet" sides to showcase various music styles. What makes the group special is the idea of combining the two concepts to form a brand new style. Two years since their debut, their red side eventually meets the velvet side in the third mini-album Russian Roulette.

The title track "Russian Roulette" (Track 1) is an exemplary track which best exhibits the "Red Velvet" spirit. Starting with the repetitive "lalala…" sounds and playful arcade tunes, the funky retro EDM jam sounds like another "red" song that emphasizes powerful beats. However, the melody becomes catchy in the pre-chorus and the hook "heart b-b-beat" dominates the song along with the heart-pulsing percussive background and rich electronic pad sounds. Though more synth effects are involved in the last chorus, the song doesn't turn noisy. Inspired by the classic cartoon duo Itchy and Scratchy from The Simpsons, the song's music video is full of violent scenes of the members trying to kill each other. However, the black comedic elements and the members' emotionless acting styles perfectly suit the playfulness of the song and form an atypical schoolgirl crush image.

Continuing the title track's funkiness, the retro pop dance song Lucky Girl (Track 2) creates a funny musical atmosphere thanks to its jazzy brass-driven tunes decorated with random clapping and carnival tunes. However, when compared to the innovative "Russian Roulette" which surprises listeners with new musical elements throughout the song, Lucky Girl's composition is too repetitive. The entertaining video game tunes of Bad Dracula (Track 3) evokes the title song's trademark arcade sound. The lively dance jam is an interesting love tale about a mischievous vampire who falls in love with a man.

To exhibit Red Velvet's signature dual style, the new jill swing number Sunny Afternoon combines dance-pop music and their distinctive smooth R&B style. However, the two styles do not blend together leading to awkward transitions between parts. Its soothing parts do create a sunny vacation ambience that links the song to the acoustic country pop-style Fool and the tropical house jam Some Love, both of which feature breezy melodies evoking a holiday mood.

Mixing two different styles while retaining their characteristics is hard but the songwriting team strikes an excellent balance between Red Velvet's funky and velvety sides for Russian Roulette. Moreover, musical effort is shown in the compositions which connect thematically unrelated songs through their moods despite their contrasting styles. However, the line distribution problem among the members still exists. Wendy and Seul Gi are the soul of Red Velvet, and Joy also helps a lot in establishing the group's unique vocal color. Only Ye Ri and Irene fail to stand out due to their average vocal skills and limited lines. I hope they will return with the same high-quality music as a quintet, rather than a trio.

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