Rookie (2017) - Red Velvet - Album Review

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Album cover for Red Velvet's Rookie

Rookie is Red Velvet's 4th mini-album.

Tracks & Individual Rating:

1. Rookie 2/5
2. Little Little 4.5/5
3. Happily Ever After 3/5
4. Talk To Me 3.5/5
5. Body Talk 5/5
6. Last Love (Wendy Solo) 5/5

gif showing footage from the Rookie music video
I didn't like the song, but I loved this part of the video.

I just do not seem to like many of the title tracks released recently. I had high hopes for "Rookie", but it is, in my opinion, the most annoyingly obnoxious song that Red Velvet has released thus far. I do think this disappointment may have helped how I felt about the rest of the album, though. "Happily Ever After" sounds like a mish-mash of several previous Red Velvet releases. It does not really stand out much. "Talk To Me" is okay, and seems to be growing on me with each listen. "Little Little" is definitely from the "Velvet" side of Red Velvet (which I prefer) and I absolutely love the harmonies. "Last Love" is a  beautiful solo ballad, sung by Wendy. It sounds like it was meant for a Korean drama. The gem for me, on this album, is "Body Talk". I really wish this had been the title track. It has a nostalgic melancholy vibe and it is my favorite when it comes down to lyrics on this ep. I would love for Red Velvet to feature more songs with this type of feeling in the future.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆3.8/5

Artist & Album Information: Spotify, iTunes

Released: February 1, 2017

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