Artist: Red Velvet
Album: “RBB” EP
Label: SM Entertainment
With accepting the fact that most generation two KPop idol groups are moving towards individual activities, military service for the guys, and growing up, I have to realize that it’s time to move on and explore some of the great groups from generation three groups. One of the groups that’s leading the charge is SM Entertainment’s Red Velvet which is the defacto face for KPop girl groups currently for that label. This is one of the groups in the label where their music is much more than promoted singles.
“RBB (Really Bad Boy)” may be the titled track, but each song on this album could stand on its own. “Butterflies” is the track that really stood out to me since it had a touch of electronic without going full out EDM.
The rest of the album really has a much different sound from “Summer Magic”. “Summer Magic” had a much more fun sound that reflected on that particular time of year whereas “RBB” really proved that Red Velvet can switch up concepts with each release with an R&B flair. “RBB” may stand for “Really Bad Boy”, but Red Velvet’s concept really earned them the R&B in it.
Another important thing is having an English version of “RBB” because it helps expand their fanbase internationally. They each can speak English at a decent level which helps broaden their international reach. It also adds to exclusive performances when they visit English speaking countries.
There aren’t too many negatives on my end. I think this album is pretty solid from top to bottom. Imagine if this concept was a full length LP though.
Whenever I listen to a lot of SM Entertainment’s artists albums, I have a habit of skipping through a lot of B-side tracks since a huge majority of them aren’t any good. With Red Velvet, I think that this is one of the rare groups where the B-sides are actually better than the singles which means investing into an album is much more feasible than just only listening to the singles which are already great. It shows as this album was one of the better reviewed and most popular in terms of sales in all of KPop internationally since its release.
Overall rating: 4/5
Reviewed by: Timtastic