[Review] Ready Or Not – MOMOLAND

It has been almost three years since MOMOLAND released Boom Boom, their biggest hit to date. They made multiple comebacks since that comeback with songs such as Baam (my personal favourite) and more recently, Thumbs Up. But no song has managed to overtake the impact that Boom Boom had left on them and the KPOP industry. MOMOLAND made their comeback during this past week with Ready Or Not. Unfortunately, it looks like it is going to be a comeback missed by many as I don’t see much attention being drawn towards the comeback. Let’s hope that I am wrong and that things will start to pick up soon for Ready or Not.

Ready or Not is a step away from MOMOLAND’s usual brass heavy sound, opting for a much cleaner and polished sound. That being said, the song still does fall within the retro realm of music and it still features a bit of brass (more on this in just a second). Ready Or Not starts off with a rap-sing sequence, which I didn’t think was necessary whatsoever. Luckily, the song’s turning point occur right after once they bring vocals into the song. MOMOLAND’s vocals really impresses me throughout this song. It is honestly their best effort yet and should be enough to prove that these ladies can sing. The chorus is catchy with its upbeat energy and it is here that the song reminds me of Red Velvet’s Umpah Umpah. The post-chorus hook changes up the song and keeps it unique (and prevents it from becoming a carbon copy of the similar song I just mentioned) by inserting a squeaky brass synth into the song. It might be obnoxious to some, but it was used in certain parts (i.e. post-chorus hooks only) so it didn’t have an opportunity to become annoying. In fact, I thought it added a certain level of freshness to the song. Ready or Not maintains the energetic and fun sound that it had built itself for the second verse and second/final choruses. The only disruptor was bridge, which slowed down the song completely. I personally don’t think it was necessary and I am sure the producer would have thought of something more creative that didn’t need to aimlessly cut the flow of the song like that. Overall, Ready or Not was another great song from the group that people honestly should not sleep on.

I personally thought the music video was boring. The video is essentially made of closeups of each member and choreography shots that were filmed from afar (not sure why it was shot afar). It might have been a stylistic approach to facilitate physical distancing between members and crew for the music video shoot. I also note that the interaction between the members were pretty bland and didn’t have much energy to it. Interesting, given that the song was full of energy and fun vibes. Even the pastel colour palette for the video did draw my attention. Rather, it dulled it the video for me.

I guess the key move in the performance was the rolling hips during the post-chorus hook section (where those squeaky brass synths came into play). I liked it and thought it made the performance looked fun. I wished I could say the same for the rest of the performance. It seems like it lacking that fun and over the top energy from the members that MOMOLAND ‘used to’ have associated with them.

Song – 8.5/10
Music Video – 4/10
Performance – 7/10
Overall Rating – 6.9/10

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