Seven member group Rainbow looked like they were on the path to the top of the charts in 2010. After scoring huge hits with To Me and Sweet Dream, a successful sub-unit project, and even scoring big in the Japanese market, things were going a well as possible for a rising group. Unfortunately, just as quickly as the group blossomed, they suddenly vanished. Luckily, after more than a year of silence, the girls are back with the single Tell Me, Tell Me.
This group has always experimented with a range of sounds. Weather it was the 60’s inspired spy music found in A, the light piano melodies in To Me, or the airy syths of Sweet Dream, they’ve always managed to inject an interesting dynamic into their songs. It should come as no surprise then, that they’ve decided to use an elegant sounding string section for Tell Me, Tell Me.
Its a fresh and sunny sound that mixes well with the bouncy pop beat. It comes across as very girly and flirty, without an over abundance of ageyo. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to pack the same punch that Rainbow’s past hits have, and lacks their typical edge. I feel like this is a sound that I could have expected to hear from any number of girl groups on the market right now.
It doesn’t help that the song is a bit predictable, and lacks variety in structure. Like Nine Muses, each of the members of Rainbow can sing really well, but there isn’t really a standout vocalist in the group. There are no diva like Hyorin’s, Ye Euns, or Soljis in this group, making it difficult ot differentiate one member from the next.
Woori’s rap verses do a bit to break up the monotony of the endless verses, but even her parts are a bit restrained. Woori is one of the rare instances where a Kpop rapper is actually competent, so to see her restrained to essentially chanting in between lines is disappointing.
Ultimately, while Tell Me, Tell Me isn’t terrible, it is a bit disappointing. Despite bringing in a new and interesting sound, the song doesn’t really use it effectively. Rainbow’s talents go to waste on a rather mediocre song that would have been better suited to a rookie group. Hopefully it won’t take them another year to comeback from this one…