When it comes to the priorities for an AleXa comeback, the actual song seems to come about third or fourth on the list. The music video and performance are clearly the stars here, which is fine. But, as someone who listens to K-pop more often than watching the songs’ accompanying videos, this approach can be frustrating. And just like July’s undercooked Villain, new single Revolution feels like an exercise in style over substance.
Looking at the song’s credits, I was excited to see AleXa working with production team LDN Noise. They have a pretty good track record, with quite a few modern classics under their belt. But despite its eye-catching title and bombastic instrumental, Revolution doesn’t really go anywhere. The track opens with a wonderfully overblown flourish as choir-like backing vocals give the introduction operatic flair. This theatricality returns for the chorus, though it’s pushed further into the mix. The rest of Revolution is standard K-pop, given extra musical ornamentation to make it sound more grandiose than it is.
A second verse rap break gives AleXa the chance to display her versatility. She’s a solid performer, though I think Revolution would work better as a group track with a more diverse set of vocal colors to lend it some variety. As it stands, the chorus is pretty one-note, employing a lazy melody that repeats itself far too often. One listen to the song and this refrain was already starting to grate on me. Sonically, it certainly feels like the call-to-arms that AleXa’s music video-fueled storyline demands, but this is one Revolution I’ll probably sit out.