The Velvet is the second mini-album released by Red Velvet. One of These Nights was used as the promo track. This mini is to represent their “Velvet” sound.
Released: March 6, 2017
1. One of These Nights (7월 7일)
2. Cool Hot Sweet Love
3. Light Me Up
4. First Time (처음인가요)
5. Rose Scent Breeze (장미꽃 향기는 바람에 날리고)
6. One of These Nights (De-Capo Ver.)
7. One of These Nights (Joe Millionaire Ver.)
8. One of These Nights (Piano Ver.)
One of These Nights is a really interesting change for Red Velvet as it is a ballad. It’s the type of slow-burning song that isn’t that interesting at first, but soon unravels its magic. The verses are a bit light and don’t have much power to them, but focus on the ambiance and the emotion. The chorus is where things pick up and I really love the melody. The music does pick up after the first chorus and the power in the bridge really helps to push the song to the next level. To be honest, this reminds me of an early 00’s J-Pop ballad and I love it.
Cool Hot Sweet Love is a total change with its hip-hop and R&B elements. It starts off in an awkward way and I feel like the verses are reminiscent of current American music. However, the chorus is definitely where things change as there is a blast of pop that helps to bring that needed melodic sound. I wish the song was built more around this instead of the other elements as they feel out of touch with each other.
Light Me Up starts off sounding like it will be a jazzier tune, but it really lays it in with the R&B influence. I feel like this could easily be seen in a current R&B/soul album. I do enjoy parts of it, but there are also other parts I wish just weren’t as messy. I feels like the music is a bit all over the place and the melody gets overpowered by the barrage of sounds. It has potential to really blast off, but ends up a bit too chaotic.
First Time is another ballad, although there are is an R&B beat to help push the song forward. To be honest, this song just does not have the same feeling as the promo track and it ends up on the generic side. It’s not a terrible song, just not as memorable. It sounds like it is trying to take on an 80’s pop ballad sound but the vocal performance just doesn’t elevate the song. Some of the girls sound awkwardly edited and it makes a weird quality over the vocals that feels like it doesn’t fit with the music.
Rose Scent Breeze is yet another ballad, but I like this one much more. It focuses more on the piano and vocals and brings a really gentle and calm feeling. The vocals are much clearer and the girls sound really beautiful. The music is also more grand and has a really great build up to the climax that works wonderfully with the melody. It’s not the strongest ballad in terms of a memorable melody, but it is a solid tune. The next three songs are different versions of One of These Nights.
The De-Capo Ver. changes things up by doing some weird things with the music. It’s really odd because parts of the music are changed in pitched and it tries to create a different kind of sound. I don’t think I like it that much though because there are elements that really ruin the mood of the song.
The Joe Millionaire Ver. also does some things to music, but I do feel like the execution is much better. The changes aren’t that distracting and add some really cool sounds to the song.
I really love the Piano Ver. because it sounds like the girls are singing right there. Wendy’s voice is especially gorgeous here and I love how she sounds during the bridge. It doesn’t quite give the same effect of the original, but it’s a nice version.
Overall: This isn’t a bad mini. Disregarding the different versions of the promo track, this mini isn’t as impressive as I was hoping. I do like that they experimented with their velvet sound, but I wish some of the songs were more interesting or not as messy. The girls have the capability of pushing songs to the next level, they just need the right material. There were no terrible songs, just most of them sat on the middle ground.