“Sticky Sticky” is the first single released by HELLO VENUS. It was the first release after the departures of YooAra and Yoonjo and the inclusion of Seoyoung and Yeoreum. The single also marked a change in the group’s music, from the more innocent style they had been known for into a mature and sexy sound and image. The title track was the promoted track.
Released: November 6, 2014
2. Sticky Sticky (끈적끈적)
3. Whisky (위스키)
4. Sticky Sticky (instrumental)
The intro starts us off. HELLOVENUS already shows that change in sound with the more sultry vocal delivery that is reminiscent of SISTAR’s “Alone”. It’s a pretty cool intro that flows right into the next song.
Sticky Sticky is a pretty nice track, but it’s not quite in your face. The song’s hook is largely focused around “Ohh-Ohh”, which I find a bit flat considering the first half of the chorus is pretty melodic. The music is fortunately quite cool and helps to elevate the sultriness of the vocals. The girls all sound pretty good, but we only really hear their capabilities from the bridge on. I like this song, but it’s definitely on the weaker side of their title tracks.
I would actually say I enjoy Whisky more than “Sticky Sticky”. It feels pretty much like a continuation of the last song with a similar style in music and vocal delivery. I actually find it an odd choice to have two almost identical sounding songs as the single, but Whisky is definitely the catchier of the two. The chorus has more impact and doesn’t just depend on an overused hook. There are also some cool parts to it like Lime’s rap.
Overall: This is a decent single when you separate both songs. However, together the single just sounds more like an eight minute blur. The intro is fun, but the two full tracks both follow a very similar “sexy” pop sound that makes it difficult to differentiate them that much. They are both nice songs, but don’t quite push the envelope nor do they have stand out hooks.