Miss A was never on my radar when they debuted because I couldn’t find anything overwhelmingly interesting about them. One thing I did jot down on my notes, though, was that they had some singing talent. Nothing fascinating of course, but still enough to notice it. It’s largely in part to the production of their music, which I’m a fan of because it’s very clean compared to the rest of the girl groups in Kpop and it allowed their voices to be registered in a nice and crisp fashion.
Now, Miss A is back with a brand new EP titled ‘Step Up’ and a sound that definitely caught my attention this time.
popreviewsnow describes it as ‘funky‘, and I have to agree. It is funky and a little playful. They came off completely lifeless to me before, lacking passion and personality in their singing. They were ‘eye-candy’ and really nothing more than that.
However, this EP is working more for me than I had anticipated. Not only is it much more lively, but it’s (simply) really good pop music. If not the actual songs, at least the production of them. It’s melodic, freaky, and becomes overly sticky after a few replays. The EP is cohesive and although it sounds like it’s trying to enter the world of reggae music, it really isn’t. It’s just fruity pop a la – Korean production.
Miss A haven’t broken down walls nor bridged the gap between music genres or anything here. They’re just coming into their own (maybe), showing they have vocal ability with the average ballad on this EP and setting themselves apart from other Kpop girl groups with the unconventional cray-cray single ‘Breathe‘.
I suppose you can say I’ve been converted. I’m not praising them yet because I’m really not all that crazy about this EP, but they’ve entertained me enough to make me smile. And I managed to listen to most of their EP without skipping tracks, at least the first time. It’s the power of pop music at work, guys. And when it’s done relatively well, it’s absolutely amusing. Not amazing. Amusing.
But more than anything, this EP sounds 100% Korean. Not 80% or 60% – it’s very much Korean and the kind of Koren pop music I’d expect to hear if someone played this for me for the first time.
Did I mention how freaky ‘Breathe’ is? I don’t love it at all and it’s border-line annoying, but for now it’s really making me laugh.
Definitely an acquired taste. Thoughts?