Song Review: Fanatics – V.A.V.I Girl

I’ve noticed an emerging girl group trend that perches aegyo vocal performances over retro-inspired instrumentals that are much more interesting than the song they support. Just last month, Cignature’s ASSA and GWSN’s Bazooka suffered more from their groups’ delivery than the underlying production. I don’t think this is the fault of the girls themselves, but of an industry that relies on gender roles far more stringently than its androgynous visuals might suggest.

Fanatics’ V.A.V.I Girl is a big improvement on last summer’s dull Sunday, and much of that has to do with the strength and verve of its instrumental. The production thrives on rhythm, offering an addictive playground of disco guitar, splashes of bright synth and an insistent kick. If it wasn’t for the second verse’s ill-advised journey into half-time, dubstep-influenced nonsense, V.A.V.I Girl feels as if it might have been ripped straight from 2011 or 2012.

The song’s melody is also satisfying, if a bit frantic in places. And in the grand scheme of things, I suppose the girls’ performance doesn’t quite rise to the level of “cheerleaders on crack” that often renders tracks of this nature completely infantile. Still, it’s a bit too chirpy and hyper for my taste. I keep imagining a group like Sistar taking the reigns of V.A.V.I Girl, imbuing the song with sass and spirit but adding a more refined touch that keeps it from sounding like the OST to a children’s program. Still, I’ll take this unadulterated blast of giddiness over some dour trap dirge any day.

 Hooks 8
 Production 8
 Longevity 7
 Bias 7

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3 thoughts on “Song Review: Fanatics – V.A.V.I Girl

  1. .
    Groundhog day. Every day reminds me of the mad crush of February releases. We are doomed to repeat this girl crush concept unless we realize our mistakes and fix them. If it isn’t BlackPink-style that everyone is copying, it is Itzy on a fraction of the budget. We are doomed.

    At the same time, this agency is guilty of over thinking concept. VAVI actually stands for something, of course it does! V: variety A: adorable V: versatile I: independent. Gee Wow! … C;mon just make it Barbie Girl for us, please!

    (On a small note, visuals of guns pointed at heads, I just can’t, even if it is a glitter gun. I counted the quiet shock on the campaign managers face, it lasted minutes before he could blink and breathe. I couldn’t breathe either. (Tiger King, of course))

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    • “ITZY on a fraction of the budget. We are doomed.” Never saw such a well-suited sentence for the beginning of this year in K-Pop better than this.

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  2. Hard stan just for the first paragraph, couldn’t have said it better myself. Even Seulgi used a lot of aegyo voices in their recent releases and it is really poison.

    (We know who’s responsible for this crap don’t we)


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