The Unnies’ Spin on The Playlist: IRENE & SEULGI – MONSTER

TITLE: MONSTER

ARTIST: RED VELVET – IRENE & SEULGI

LABEL: SM Entertainment

RELEASED: July 6, 2020

We’re back with another joint review! It was inevitable that we would both want to review this mini album because Red Velvet is a top girl group for us. Lazy Unnie’s ultimate female bias is Seulgi! Stupid ass unit name aside, there was definitely quite the buzz with this one because everyone knew that Seulrene was the unit that everyone was rooting for. It was kinda stupid of SM to so royally mess up with the MV release.

(Lazy Unnie will be colored pink and Sugar Baby Unnie will be purple.)

Monster – TITLE TRACK

Rating: 3 out of 5.

If I had to imagine what a NCT song done by women sound like, this would be it. I don’t hate it or love it but it wasn’t what I would have expected for a lead single. I like the chorus, a lot, and Seulgi’s high notes are nice. But other than that, I’m not over the moon about this. But watch that damn “I’m a little monster” hook get stuck in my head, watch. Also, the fact that SM held out the MV on us, shows SM hates their artists, the females especially. But I do like the dark witchy vibes they put forth.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

It’s it is so weird that this song is only 2:57 but it feels like it is a hour long with nothing happening. The song is very much what I expected and honestly, the only thing that is worthy nothing is that it has a catchy hook. I don’t know exactly what it is, but this song is missing something. I look forward to seeing the choreography live though!

Diamond

Rating: 5 out of 5.

YES! You know I’m a sucker for a jazzy R&B track and this is definitely one. This reminds me of some of Red Velvet’s older b-sides but it’s a style that is so classic that it can’t stale. I could listen to this on repeat all day.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This reminds me so much of a song that could be easily plopped onto their Velvet album. Very much the style of Automatic and Be Natural. It’s easy to listen to and smooth. Nothing particularly special but better than Monster, that’s for sure.

Feel Good

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Going to be honest, I kind of wrote Irene off. She is a great visual but when I think about vocalists of Red Velvet, she isn’t one of them. That said, she sounds really nice in this. She’s overshadowed by the time for the bridge, but she held her own for a bit. The song doesn’t really go anywhere and it’s simple, but I like it for that.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I think the instrumental is very consistent throughout this song and has a good dynamic. Seulgi sounds really good on this song. Wow. Like I think this might be the song with the most emotion and charisma on the mini, which isn’t really saying much.

Jelly

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’m jelly at how much I like this song. I could have seen this being the title track. It’s in that typical girl group realm but just a hint of R&B Pop that makes you subconsciously bop along with the beat.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a more upbeat song, that reminds of the way Red Velvet can switch onto their red side. It has nice vocal layering on it and the underlying trumpet sounds really good especially at the end.

Undercover

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

My queen, my bias, my love. Of course she got a solo song on this. It’s a futuristic R&B track and I love it. It’s a simple song with a nice melody and catchy hook. Top of my chill playlist for July.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

No doubt about it, Seulgi is a really good singer. Her voice actually sounds so dreamy on this track it is great. I enjoy the laid back nature of this song. This is a nice song that you can listen to at nights. The production isn’t really doing much, but the pairing of the futuristic R&B is definitely a good idea.

FINAL THOUGHTS

We actually talked about why this duo came to be and I’m not mad at it. I get it, Wendy hurt and Irene is aging, gotta give them something to stay in the limelight. They didn’t disappoint to me. Overall it was a good mini and my main female bias Seulgi killed it like she does. I can’t wait to see the stage performances. I’m actually glad it was Seulrene that came out first.

This album met my expectations which was that it would be average. I think that there is a certain lack of charisma in the songs and I have chalked that up to Joy’s vocal tone being missing. The thing is that this album is fine to listen to as I’m listening to it, but once I have finished, I have already forgotten what the songs sound like.

PRODUCTION : 3.5 / 5
VOCALS / RAPPING : 4 / 5
VISUALS / CONCEPT : 5 / 5
OVERALL : 4 / 5

Least Favorite Track(s): Monster
Favorite Track(s): Diamond

Concept: 4/5
Vocals: 3.5/5
Raps: N/A
Cohesiveness: 3/5
Overall Rating: 2.5/5

Published by Unbothered Unnies

A couple of ladies who love to express their opinions from anything and everything. That includes shows and music and anything in between. This blog is dedicated to our love and appreciation for Asian entertainment and culture.

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