K-Pop A-Z Review: f(x) – Red Light – KpopHit

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Red Light (from Red Light – 2014)

Though I recognize I’m in the minority, Red Light is relatively low on my personal list of favorite f(x) title tracks. I find it an easier song to appreciate than to fully embrace. But to be fair, I think that’s exactly what Red Light seeks to accomplish. It’s a combative single, tense and stuffed to the brim with distorted electronics. Its scuzzy electro skeleton offers the basis for a track in constant motion. What begins as a frenzied dose of SM Entertainment hip-hop soon opens into a breathless ascent as we hit the pre-chorus.

In further contrast, Red Light’s chorus is militant and sharp. An aggressive battle cry introduces this stomping segment. The girls sneer their way through the hook, which comes across as a grimy alternative to agency-mates SNSD’s more effusive material. Meanwhile, Red Light’s bombastic bridge is exactly what you’d expect from SM Entertainment, raising the song’s drama to a theatrical crescendo before the experimental elements crash in once more.

 Hooks8
 Production9
 Longevity9
 Bias8
 RATING8.5

~ Rest in peace, Sulli. We will forever be grateful for the incredible music and spirit you left behind ~


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