Review Summary: Dancing with see through shirts on.
I’ve subjected myself to Miss A’s A Class
on numerous occasions, and although I find it enjoyable, I also find it forgettable. It’s solid K-pop, no doubt about it, but it’s just not as catchy as their new EP, Touch
. Every single track on this EP is a stand out, which makes it something to remember and return to. A Class
wasn’t particularly bold with its musical direction, sounding too Americanized and thus contributing to the forgettable qualities of the album. This EP is different, yet it still contains the essence of Miss A. It is like going to your usual college classes on Monday, except this time you’re wearing a purple jacket. It’s a small difference, really, but no one can deny the potent sexiness you now exude.
Whereas A Class
had bouncy, happy-go-lucky songs, Touch
is the sexy older sister. It's a slick, club ready EP with foot-to-the-floor beats, and prominent electronics. While songs like ‘No Mercy’ and ‘Over You’ sound like basic Miss A songs synthed up, the rest are a bit more experimental. ‘Lips’ and ‘Rock n Rule’ are heavily influenced by dubstep, with both songs having offbeat bass flashes in the chorus’ background. The songs also have dubstep breakdowns, with the one for ‘Rock n Rule’ bearing an uncanny resemblance to the breakdown in Hyuna’s ‘Bubble Pop’. However, unlike Hyuna’s debut EP, the dubstep in Touch
is integrated thoughtfully - it’s noticeable enough to provoke interest, yet subtle enough to never jar the listener. However, keep in mind that this EP is, overall, comprised of throbbing dance songs, and dance songs with somewhat integrated dubstep isn't particularly unique - this style is just executed flawlessly in the feminine hands of Miss A.
could have easily been overbearing, with beats slightly too loud or dubstep wobbles too prominent, but such is not the case. The EP has a deliciously smooth texture that is perfectly radio friendly, yet it also packs a punch – not unlike alcoholic milkshakes. If you’re looking for a sexy, classy K-pop treat, look no further than Miss A’s Touch