Red Velvet debuted last year with the cheap Pitbull Feat. Shakira World Cup reject “Happiness” and although many K-pop fans pretended it was decent, it really wasn’t. They came back with that really unnecessary SES “Be Natural” cover, which also didn’t do much for me. When I discovered they were making a more legit comeback with a mini album I didn’t really bat an eyelash because I expected some more typical SM Entertainment crappiness, but “Ice Cream Cake” is actually pretty decent.
The song is a typical SM mashup electro-pop influenced song and could have easily been given to either SNSD or F(x), but it’s somehow stronger than the crap both groups were given in 2014 – SNSD’s “Mr.Mr.” and F(x)’s “Red Light” both remain huge mistakes. This is fun and catchy, though it’s not song of the year material in any way.
The video shows all the girls rocking some cute fashion and decent dance moves in California. All 5 members rock blue contact lenses and blond hair, which doesn’t really look all that bad. The girls really need to find their own identity to separate them from SNSD and F(x) as “Ice Cream Cake” does them no favors in that department, but as a catchy pop track it gets the job done. Well done girls.