I’m still reeling over how fantastic Lucy’s June album Gatcha was. Those four songs felt like a crystallization of the group’s potential – diverse and sprawling with great melodies and inventive arrangements. Since then, the guys have received well-deserved attention thanks to a shout-out from Korea’s national archery team. New single Rolling Rolling (떼굴떼굴) could capitalize on this hype, given its relatively straightforward nature and sentimental drive.
I’m not sure Lucy are capable of releasing a bad song. Even this summer’s Irrelevant Answer proved to be a grower after underwhelming initially. I predict Rolling Rolling will continue this pattern. On the surface, it’s a sturdy pop/rock track. The band’s trademark violin provides a post-chorus hook, delivered just the way you’d expect. Sangyeop rattles through the wordy melodies with his usual aplomb. His vocals are powerful and playful. I love the spoken-word flourish that rounds off Rolling’s chorus. As generic as the song threatens to be, it still drips with character.
With that said, the group have proven themselves to be more interesting than this. Compared to their best work, Rolling Rolling feels like a stopgap rather than an evolution. It’s a rousing moment, but I think a stronger chorus would have capitalized upon the strengths of the song. There are spots in need of tightening and focus. But then again, I’d happily listen to Lucy jam all day, so I can hardly fault them for a bit of indulgence. It’s been a strong year for the guys, and hopefully 2022 will see their popularity explode as more listeners become aware of their charm.