I was gonna do a whole post about whether or not BTS could hit up the Grammy’s next year in honor of the Grammy’s being this past weekend but then Red Velvet came for my whole life and it all had to wait. Because I haven’t had a chance yet to listen to the repackage–and because their visuals are always my favorite part of their singles anyway–I’m just gonna talk about Bad Boy the MV.
This was such a departure from their usual cuteness. Red Velvet is definitely known for being a little weird, but this was weird in a way that was entirely unexpected. I have to say that, despite the shock, I really didn’t hate it. I actually kind of loved it. That said, I am an unashamed Reveluv so I will always be prone to loving whatever Red Velvet puts out, but this was truly good. It was interesting to see them tackle the whole “bad girl” aesthetic in such a direct way and I have to say that I’m not 100% certain that it suits them permanently, but for this comeback, I was a fan.
As with any Red Velvet, it was catchy and featured an element that was unique or strange in some way without being jarring. In this case, it was the “o e o e oh”s and I can’t help but think I’ll find myself singing along soon enough.
The Music Video
I wanna get into the important things, but let me address a minor detail first: Wendy’s eyebrows. I couldn’t get past them. They were so much lighter than her hair and they didn’t really suit her look and they weren’t even the right palette. Maybe there’s a trend I’m missing out on, but I couldn’t stop staring at them every time she came on screen.
There wasn’t really a plot with this one like there was with Peek-A-Boo, but I didn’t really miss it because I felt like there was enough going on visually to account for the lack of real action.
I was also really thoroughly entertained by the choreo. It was kind of pseudo-tough. With anyone else I would say that it was like they were trying too hard to be bad, but because it’s Red Velvet, I just thought it was cute.
The girls also looked incredible and it was interesting to see them in so many different settings. None of them quite meshed, but there was a strange flow to it all that I liked in spite of everything.
It’s a rare day that I won’t support my girls. Red Velvet is innovative and unapologetically odd. It is what makes them such a successful group and what draws people to them comeback after comeback. I definitely did not imagine that Red Velvet would ever go in this direction, but I’m glad to see the girls trying something totally outside their range and see them be good at it. I can’t say that it’s my all-time favorite, but it definitely holds up with their discography and I’m happy to see the girls shine.