Miss A – A Class (album review)

The one girl group that manages to impress me is Miss A. I have all the confidence in the world when it comes to JYP‘s capability as a producer. He’s a master at polishing rough talents and at discovering all of the out of the ordinary traits hidden inside those artists he works with. You could say that this is a must for any producer, but you really have to be a genius in order to make 2PM that succesful. Geesh, is so obvious the boys are nothing more than mediocre singers. But the moment they start taking those tops of and doing all those group acrobatics…

Why is it that the perfect abs of 2PM boys are a recurring topic on this site ??

Miss A’s latest release, the A Class album is exactly like the title says, nothing less than A Class. I really dig that whole feet fetish thingie, especially in the video. They’re slim, they’re young, why shouldn’t they flaunt it ?

Out of the 4 girls I’m more familiar with Suzy‘s role in Dream High and that hilarious bad-ass attitude of Min. That girl can seriously kick some ass with just a bat of an eye.

I’m impressed of how convincing these girls in their late teens or early 20s sound. This is why Miss A is so much better than most of the other girl groups : they refuse to play cute, yet don’t try to be too seductive. They’re natural when performing live and give an overall impression of a mature and full of girl-power group. It also helps that they have strong vocals, I’m guessing Min‘s the most prominent one.

The overall mixing is done nimbly, some mediocre melodies are saved by the arrangers, the exact case of  Blankly, the, oh, so plain ballad without that orchestral intro.

I have some favourites, One To Ten, Help Me, Goodbye Baby of course, a wonderful breakup song, Love Again and Good Girl Bad Girl an even more wonderful break up song, keke “Shut Up Boy!!”. Break it, Play The Music DJ and a few others don’t rise to the awesomeness of those before-mentioned.

A Class is a very good pop album. It has all those elements that worked well in the 80s but wrapped in the finest up to date orchestration. The kind of album I would recommend to anyone that thinks pop isn’t all that complicated.

Final rating : 9/10


2PM – Hands Up ( album review )

It’s the hardest thing ever for me to take 2PM seriously. Any way I try to look at them, that one Matrix performance consequently pops up in my mind and I start to laugh hysterically.

Well, as long as JYP doesn’t take himself too seriously when he’s dancing to MC Hammer’s Too Legit To Quit, I’m sure he meant

Wooyoung's reaction to my stupid talk

Wooyoung's reaction to my stupid talk

the same thing for 2PM’s performance.
2PM’s songs are kind of, erm, weird. Their vocal parts sound ugly but in an attractive way. I can’t say for sure if I like or dislike them, but they leave a lasting impression. Along with the visuals, the overall effect is devastating for my health. Yet, you should know by now that I have a weak  heart.

My response to Wooyoung's reaction

My response to Wooyoung's reaction

With Hands Up album, 2PM are trying to break through the magic doors of the clubhouse. I bet the password is : “Everyone(..) get your drinks up”. As a party anthem, Hands Up, delivers. It’s hip, it abounds of synthesisers, it has a nice rhythm, not too fast, not too slow, and I really see myself exercising my biceps and triceps on it. The main problem with Electricity, the second track, is that I definitely like the remix version better. I would have named this version the 0.4v remix or something like that and swap it with the 220v remix leaving it at the end of the track list.

The album as a whole is not worth listening to. There was room in it for 2 EP releases, Without U and I’ll Be Back, but the rest of the tracks are mediocre songs. With one important exception : Like A Movie. I don’t know why OneWay’s Chance decided to start composing for kpop bands. From what I’ve seen, his songs are stuck in the middle of the albums. An ingrate position for such a great artist. I’d really like him be the composer for main tracks.

Final rating : 6/10( Matrix effect )

We be dancing in the club

We be rockin' in the club

We be coolest in the club

We be goin' to the store

2PM – I’ll Be Back ( from the Matrix )

There are moments in one’s life when you may feel bored, sad or even hopeless. There is a cure for all these negative feelings. JYP pays extra care for your needs and has created Universe’s best feel good boy band . These boys will most certainly uplift your spirits and make you share at least one good laugh. They are 2PM, 6 beastly like men* that are definitely not shy when it comes to making a complete fool of themselves.
So, for those dark moments, I give you the best medicine : Matrix by 2PM.

*I like to think of them like Duracell bunnies on steroids.