In my quest to reviewing new artists, I decided to write about Ravi’s latest solo release. Ravi debuted as a solo artist back in 2016 and surprisingly, I have shied away from all his solo releases since then. I am not even sure why. It might because I don’t review mixtapes or that I don’t enjoy songs purely of rapping that much. But whatever the reason, I have missed out on opportunities to review songs like BOMB (featuring SanE) and Nirvana (featuring Park Ji Min). But today, we focus on Tuxedo which is the title track of Ravi’s second mini-album, R.OOK BOOK.
Tuxedo has this groovy instrumental that does stand out to an extent. It isn’t something that I had expected from Ravi, due to his work with hip-hop and rap in the past. While I do like the grooviness and funkiness, I did think the song was a tad too consistent. There were trumpets in the chorus that did give a little extra something but I am unsure if it was enough. The bridge did feature a slight slowdown and buildup to the final chorus, but it didn’t feel memorable enough. I did like the melody of the track, especially during the chorus. I would have to say this is his most melodic work yet (based on his title tracks from what I could remember). But the biggest downfall of the track is the autotuned vocals and raps. I don’t understand why the song was heavily autotuned. It just instantly drew me away from the song. If it was used subtly or in moderation, I think the song could have been more attractive. overall, I think it is safe to say I am not a major fan of the song.
The song talks about wanting to break free from a boring life and having some fun. And based on the lyrics, his attire to having fun is in a tuxedo. Very classy. The video features party vibes, which goes hand-in-hand with the lyrics. However, I honestly wanted more tuxedos. Not just the one kind but multiple tuxedos. While it does seem like a cliche move, I wouldn’t mind it and it could potentially have made the video interesting. But overall, I thought was it a well-fitted video.
I think the performance does a good job of bringing those party vibes to the stage. A few things I noticed – the backup dancers looked like they were having a genuinely good time and I didn’t realize Ravi was so tall until I saw how all the backup dancers were shorter than him (but that may be just the camera angle). I also liked how Ravi used his charms to really appeal to the audience.
Song – 5/10
Music Video – 8/10
Performance – 8/10
Overall Rating – 6/10