I had high expectations for Cherry Bullet, being the younger sisters of legendary girl group AOA. With this comeback I can say that I was very impressed! Their aura is completely different to the queens of sensuality that are AOA - yet they have a cheery-yet-spunky new girl group feeling that is fun and refreshing.
The title track Hands Up has a unique concept - it is heavily inspired by the famous melody from Beethoven's Für Elise. I never thought I'd hear Western classical and K-pop rookie group fusion! The actual completed melody excerpt only gets played once right at the end of the song - they really make you wait for the satisfaction, but when it comes you certainly do feel complete!
The auto tune and little flairs in the instrumental add to the playful and slightly robotic feeling of the song. Also, Cherry Bullet breaks it down in the bridge in a sexy and slightly old school way. Overall it is a solid listen - one for the regular listening playlist.
I felt like this comeback was very strong, and this song would have served well as their debut. They seem to be getting better and better, and I'm glad to see Cherry Bullet on an upwards trajectory. It's true, they're no AOA, but that doesn't mean they can't be hugely successful artists on their own! I can't wait to see what they'll do next.
Kpop Review Cafe’s Overall Ranking: 6/10
Written by Jessica
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