Straight from Pledis, they're the baddest, After School make their Korean comeback after months of fucking around in Japan.
Their new song and MV is called Flashback, and it's meant to hearken back to their sexy concept when they first debuted. Although I'm pretty sure they've continued to be mildly sexy in all their releases (Ah, Diva, Because of You, Bang, Shampoo, In The Night Sky), I'm not about to say no to an extra helping of sexualization in K-pop. Will this song and MV propel After School back into relevancy?
Check out the review after the jump.
I don't have to say much. This shit writes itself. But I will anyway. As you can probably tell from the teasers AS has released so far, these babes are SMOKIN'. Seriously, they look like they could be the best looking girl group from this MV. But then again, if you dress a bunch of leggy Asian broads up in sexual clothing and slap a pound of make up on them, they're probably going to look hot.
Let's Be Real, put most girl groups into these outfits with this concept and people would be raving about how hot they are too (besides certain groups like 2NE1). ESPECIALLY the group I don't have to mention, because everyone knows that they're still the hottest. Piggy Dolls. Unf.
But I have to give After School credit. They look NASTY. Especially Nana and Jooyeon, their outfits just emphasize every curve on their bodies. So delicious. E-Young is also looking very tasty with her suspenders. Observe:
|I wait for you oppar, to put your bulgogi into my dolsot bibimbap.|
|They had to take down all the mirrors in the dorm so Jooyeon would stop doing this.|
This MV has a really well written and acted story. So after being savaged by online reviews, After School dress in their sexiest outfits and track down the composer of this track, tie him to a chair and proceed to film a video of their exploits while also lying around being sexual because they got drunk before the shoot. The members take turns cussing out the man for composing such a mediocre song while UEE and Jooyeon threaten him with a gun.
|Bitch, you said that this song would make us relevant again! Fuck this autotune shit, what are we, 2NE1? LOOK AT US.|
|I AM NOT A MACHINE!|
Another weird thing is it looks like they recorded a dubstep dance break in a sketchy looking warehouse, possibly the same one used by Sistar19 during Ma Boy.
So eventually they finished editing the MV and upload it online in the hopes that their awesome visuals make up for their decidedly poor song. Uh, good plan I guess?
This choreography doesn't really stand out, nor is it super complex. It is sexual though.
It's mostly a lot of body waving, led spreading, bending over, hip gyrating action. Like this:
|She's called Queen Young now apparently.|
|This one is called "Wet Dream."|
|I call this the "Blue Baller."|
I feel this MV falls a little short in how it's shot and edited. After School just added a new member, and the previous addition is still a nugu. Unfortunately, they get almost no face time. This is almost literally the extent of Ka Eun's appearance:
|Who do I have to blow in this company to get some lines and screen time?|
Ah, the least important part of K-pop. The song itself! Well, I was disappointed. It's completely autotuned, the chorus is not catchy, the voices don't stand out, the verses are forgettable, there is a bro-step breakdown (ugh), the high notes seem out of place, the song begins with an autotuned talk rap from Nana and the line distribution sucks. So basically your run of the mill mediocre, low tier female K-pop song.
They said Ka Eun could sing. Well? I AIN'T HEARING IT! She is limited to like a few words. That is poor. I don't think this song will do much to lift After School out from Tier 4 along with other has-beens like 4minute, and worse of all, the song is just disappointing. The teasers were so awesome, but of course, they were only visually pleasing.
+They look NASTY
-Terrible line distribution
Song gets a 5/10 (at the moment).
MV gets a 7/10.
|Bonus Points for Lizzy Cleavage?|