This has been quite the week for girl group debuts, hasn’t it? REDSQUARE is the third new act to emerge in the space of forty-eight hours. And like Woo!ah! and Secret Number, they come from a relatively small agency without the kind of clout that would render them instant successes. But of the three groups, they’ve delivered the most unique and addictive track.
Color Full is a lame play on words, but, that’s neither here nor there when it comes to the quality of the song. The opening bars did not fill me with much hope, as the girls rattle through a list of colors in a bid for self-empowerment. It’s a nice sentiment, but more than a little on the nose. Thankfully, this up-with-people moment is underlined by a satisfying pop stomp, proving that REDSQUARE aren’t taking themselves too seriously. And considering the political connotations of their group name, that’s probably a good thing.
Anyways, the rest of Color Full is a delight. The pounding instrumental is surprisingly hearty, bringing in piano and funky synth without ever sacrificing its clobbering beat. There are some nice ad-libs planted throughout, both spoken and sung. And, the vocal arrangement is quite nice – especially when it layers the girls’ voices during the chorus. The melody never builds to any true standout moment, but remains cohesive and catchy all the way through, even allowing room for a few great power notes. If we’re keeping score, Color Full is right up there with CRAXY’s Aria for my favorite girl group debut of 2020.
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