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Red Velvet’s new song ‘Russian Roulette’ is cute and dangerous

It's a game you can't control.


Sherry Tucci


Published Sep 6, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 2:19 am CDT

The girls of Red Velvet have returned with their third mini album, Russian Roulette, and single of the same name.

Earlier this year, Red Velvet released The Velvet EP with title track “One of These Nights,” which was the follow up to the group’s first full album, The Red. The release of Russian Roulette on Tuesday brings the girls back to their vivid music style—in contrast to The Red, which showcased their softer side and vocal talents.

“Russian Roulette” is a cute and bubbly song, complemented by the bright colors of the music video. Red Velvet’s sugar-coated voices in conjunction with an upbeat melody make it impossible not to bob your head to the music.

But don’t be fooled—its cheerful sound juxtaposes the catastrophic and lethal pranks the girls play on each other in the video. While the song sounds fun and adorable, the members show their dark side with stone-faced stares and subtle smirks. In one way or another, each member meets her unexpected demise, like a game of Russian Roulette.

The release comes with six other tracks, each sporting light, electro-pop elements. Red Velvet will perform “Russian Roulette” for the first time live on Thursday’s episode of M!Countdown.

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*First Published: Sep 6, 2016, 3:04 pm CDT