SPICA – Russian Roulette

SPICA is the newest girl group on the scene, and they’ve recently made their official debut with the release of their first single, “Russian Roulette.” As the name of their song implies, they’ve decided to against the cute ageyo image, and say “no thank you” to the electronic dance music adopted by other groups with more mature concepts. So…if this group rejected both of the lanes which kpop music usually falls into, what exactly does that leave us with? The answer would be something refreshing and original.

“Russian Roulette” is a unique pop-rnb track that features a funky beat, a whistling hook, and some rock guitars just for flavor. It’s a very distinctive sound, and for a first track, I feel like the girls’ have effectively put a stamp on their own image.


Not what I had in mind for a Girls’ night…

 The song puts the vocal capabilities of the five ladies on full display. Once again, breaking the rules followed by most other groups, SPICA doesn’t assign one member to be in charge of the more difficult vocal parts. Instead, each of the four vocalists is fully capable of carrying a song with their powerful voices. Even the rapper is great at what she does! However, SPICA shines brightest when they harmonize together. It’s kind of like when the Power Rangers form the Megazord…powerful individually, but unstoppable together.

One area that they could use a little work is the choreography. The song begins and ends with some very awkward and unconvincing booty shaking. The rest of the performance is relatively low key, but I believe that’s probably to allow the girls to really focus on delivering a flawless vocal performance. The girls do seem to emote well, which as something that often seems robotic and forced in other groups. Overall, the girls are much better singers than they are dancers, and I’m perfectly OK with that.

Final Score: 4/5

SPICA is one of the most impressive debuts I’ve seen lately…easily the best girl group to debut since Miss A. “Russian Roulette” is a unique track that shows off their talents, as well as their own distinct flavor. Personally, I can’t wait to see how this group continues to grow. I’m expecting great things from SPICA.

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