You know it’s bad when the fans at the comments under the official video keep asking, “Am I the only one who likes this song?”
But others aren’t going to sugarcoat. Well, okay, Vanessa Kay tries to sugarcoat:
I like Red Velvet, but surprisingly, the song is……. well, um……. you know……. lemme just sugar coat…. Unfortunately, It’s really not the best. I personally thought they could’ve done better😕 really tried to like it tho~~ Oh well…. 😥
Dann Cardona writes:
we must be honest… what a bad song!!!! how come they debut with four amazing songs: Happiness, Ice cream cAke, Dumb Dumb & that ballad song but lately they release such boring & weak songs as Russian Roulette & this garbage….. ?
Grecia Castro writes:
SM??? What is THIS!!!?? D: NONO NONO!!!
Aldo Santosa writes:
whats with the weak ass hook?
im a fucking huge red velvet stan but this song is not catchy & to me its not nice like i hate this song(???) but they all looked pretty in this mv, except fr wendy braids omg.
Christian Bolding writes:
There’s a difference between hating and critiquing, folks. Personally, I think this song was a waste of their talents. Hardly any actual vocals, just strange, in tempo speaking. Not much of a song. It sure ain’t rap either. Bring back the Velvet side immediately…
Commenter bacon tries to keep the sunny side up:
I acc love this song it’s really catchy once u listen to it like 10 times
Dedy Newbie has the same idea:
maybe, I have to listen this song in many time for being like this song
–Personally, I’d hate to have to try.
irish LF insists:
I STILL LOVE IT WHATEVER PEOPLE SAID AND JUDGING ON THEM SAYING THAT “THIS IS THEIR WORST SONG EVER”, I DON’T CARE! I EVEN CRYING WATCHING THEIR MV :(:( THEY DESERVE TO BE MORE POPULAR THAN ANOTHER GIRLGROUP NOWADAYS, THEY HAVE A TALENT! REAL TALENT, NOT JUST TRYING TO ACT CUTE AND SMILE BEAUTIFULLY IN FRONT OF CAMERA, THEY ARE REAL AND NO FAKE, omoooo I DO REALLY REALLY LOVE THEM, NO EXCEPTION!! THEY’RE ALL MY GIRLS! FIGHTING RED VELVET :):) *capslock mode on hahaha
But NinjaKiller999 says:
lmao its lack of honest feedback that hurts group in the long run. if so many people weren’t in denial and didn’t say dumb shit like ” lets not say it didnt meet expectations cause it might hurt RV” then comebacks would actually improve since SM would know what to work on, but you guys are lying to them when you do shit like this and hurt RV in the longrun.
And that’s in reply to the top-voted comment under the MV, which really tells you all you need to know:
Let’s not say it’s disappointing because red velvet actually worked hard to prepare this and this is supposed to be their best era where sm will promote them a lot. If the publics reaction isn’t good, sm might stop paying attention to rv and that ain’t good
–My final word: this really is a very weak (and annoying song). I can’t think of a single single from any K-pop girl group remotely in the upper echelons that is this annoying and flabby and half-baked. Even the video, though it has a lot of cute and colorful stuff, feels strangely derivative, not only of “Happiness” and “Dumb Dumb” but also of Ladies’ Code’s “Pretty Pretty” and of course f(X) with the see-thru plastic skirts and also hints here and there of Kara.
Now all of the videos I just invoked are classics. Maybe with the sound off this isn’t a bad video, but I honestly didn’t appreciate the whole 30 seconds of near-total silence at the end as if we had just watched the most epic music video ever. This wasn’t SNSD’s “Paparazzi”, SM Ent!
But what is going on here? Red Velvet isn’t supposed to be some weaksauce group that takes hook-free songs and somehow makes them “art” by dressing colorfully. The commenter above who alluded to the strength of their great run of songs prior to “Russian Roulette” is absolutely correct: Red Velvet was doing practically everything right (except, frankly, I don’t think their album filler is really too strong– they have always relied there upon Western producers too much. Oh My Girl uses them a lot too, but their albums have featured some real gems like “Playground” and “I Found Love” whereas honestly I haven’t found a non-video Red Velvet track I love that much).
But never mind that: at the level of the songs they promote and/or release videos for, they were working at a stratospherically high level. Even if “Ice Cream Cake” the song wasn’t something I madly loved, I quite liked it, and the video was ingenious. As for “Happiness”, “Automatic”, “Dumb Dumb”, and “One of these nights”– these are all, both songs and videos, sensational.
“Russian Roulette” could be forgiven as an in-character and quirky song/video that just isn’t quite as fetching as the others. But this song is really annoying and lazy and anti-earwormy. The video can’t save it; and while the video might be addicting with a good song, it’s not so loveable or strong even on its own as to truly compete with their stellar back catalog.
Clearly those commenters I talked about a couple of weeks ago who were lamenting ‘Russian Roulette” yet insisting that SM Ent had some masterplan to take Red Velvet over the top of the competition were whistling past the grave. Red Velvet already pretty much was at the top of the game (were all those trophies for “Ice Cream Cake” just some warmer-upper?). They may coast for a while based on their popularity, but who the devil greenlighted this single? And who are these crapwits “The Colleagues”?!? THEY SUCK.