Song Review: CRAVITY – Veni Vidi Vici

CRAVITY - Veni Vidi ViciAs with each of their albums, CRAVITY have followed title track Gas Pedal with a second music video. Seriously… I wish this promotional tactic was used more often for groups whose music I actually enjoy! In CRAVITY’s case, their inconsistent discography has been consistently frustrating. I want to connect with it, but every time their title tracks show potential, they’re undercut by some cringy, atonal shift.

Truthfully, I haven’t spent much time with their newest album. Two listens and it ended up floating aimless in my vast music library, unlikely to get a return visit. But, many Bias List commenters were singing the praises of Veni Vidi Vici back in August, so I’m happy to see it chosen for follow-up promotions. Although I don’t share the same level of enthusiasm for the song, it’s definitely one of the stronger efforts in CRAVITY’s arsenal.

Veni Vidi Vici has a cool rock edge – not with generic distortion and bombast, but a more alternative-sounding guitar surge. Add muted brass to the mix and you’ve got an instrumental that really pops. In fact, the production reminds me of some of the alt-rock sounds I enjoyed in the 90’s. Parts of the song adopt a sneering drone that feels novel and fresh. This being 2021, Veni Vidi Vici’s second verse is given over to a drag-and-drop trap beat, sacrificing some of its momentum. But, the track comes kicking back for its finale. The searing guitar solo here is fantastic, and points toward an even more exciting direction the song might have taken. Veni Vidi Vici shows great potential, but I don’t think it goes far enough to be considered a definitive highlight.

 Hooks 8
 Production 9
 Longevity 8
 Bias 8
 RATING 8.25

13 thoughts on “Song Review: CRAVITY – Veni Vidi Vici

  1. This is definitely a favorite of mine, and it inspired a playlist of 60s/70s soft rock of varying degrees of twee and sappy-ness.

    This reminds me so much of classic 60s/70s psychedelia, especially with the guitar solo near the end. I truly wish they would go in that direction as much as they can – they have the vocal chops that could pull off layered vocal harmonies a la the Association, Zombies, Hollies, etc.

    I was a bit disappointed by the standard outfits, I would have loved satin, velvet and floating scarves.

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  2. Sounds like Enhypen covering an old Seventeen song.

    Back when, the 2nd gen always used to release two videos each cycle, and then sometimes a re-issue with another one or two. Super Junior used to do it all the time. It is nice that the habit is coming back, it means that some agencies are favoring longer better albums rather than one-off singles or tiny EP’s.

    Semi-related: Woodz “Sour Candy” is a rather nice b-side. A few unexpected chord progressions keep it fresh and just a touch off-kilter.

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  3. I love this song! I’m so happy they made an MV!!😭❤️ It was as classy and magical as I wanted!! ✨ For once when I heard a song of theirs I was not thinking “There are the Cravity kids!” I was completely engrossed in the song and choreo! And the instrumental dance break in the bridge is lit as F 🔥🙃

    They executed the sleek image much much better than I ever expected! I can almost see them as MonstaX’s juniors with the style they pulled off! I so wish they continue in this groove! It suits them perfectly! Way more than the racing theme wacky stuff 😅

    One top song for this month already set in stone.💎

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