RED VELVET – THE PERFECT RED VELVET
1. Bad Boy *Title
2. All Right
3. Time To Love
4. Bad Boy (Instrumental)
5. Peek-A-Boo (Instrumental)
It's hard to follow up self-professed perfection, but the ladies of Red Velvet are attempting this with their re-package 'The Perfect Red Velvet.' This LP has all the old tracks from the original, plus the new title track "Bad Boy." I won't review the repeated tracks, a review of 'Perfect Velvet' can be found here.
"Bad Boy" is the title track, and it's a fusion of their older and newer styles. It's got that smooth R&B sound that Red Velvet excels at, but there are unmistakable EDM influences that give it a brand new feel. It has a silky and seductive vibe, along with a slight hint of danger. It's a great song to head up the repackage.
So all of these tunes have a place here. I don't hear a single one out of place, and that's a good thing. They're also pretty high-quality overall, which is also good. The original contained a lot of good bops, and these tracks are the icing with a cherry on top. Great job!
Just like the song, there's some edginess in the MV that occasionally bubbles to the surface, with objects that explode into flames, straight razors, and spraypaint. Rather than a coherent narrative, we're presented with a cornucopia of shots that are as alluring as the song.
While the choreo isn't entirely original, it is skillfully executed. It's obvious these girls know their stuff -- and they show it here. While some of it is not that amazing, there are other parts where they bust a move in high heels that would send other gals sprawling face down. So I was pretty impressed with that. There's also this delicious confidence they exude that makes the dancing sequences even better.
The lighting is interesting -- at some points, it's really dark, and other points it's brightly lit, with pink colors that really pop. I'm not sure what they were going for here (or if it isn't several MVs edited into one) but with a video like this who cares? When they go from dancing in a ravine while snow falls around them to strange-looking rooms with stairways and a neon box containing mannequins, the artist in me is stoked. It's pretty arresting, and that's the best that you can ask from an MV.