But dammit, I'm nothing if not an optimist, so I put my best face forward and pressed play.
Overall, I was pleased with "Short Hair." It's no "Moya" or "Get Out," but it's an enjoyable song with a humorous video.
That unfortunately was overshadowed by other kpop news
"Short Hair" comes close to sounding forgettable, but there's just enough to the song to save it from the ranks of Rainbow and Hello Venus. It does resemble "Miniskirt" a little too much with the "Oooh oooh ooooh oooh oooohs," but I can overlook that. I also was almost ready to approve of the rap in the song. Jimin half sang it, and her part actually turned out well. But then, someone had to go and make it a double rap, and all was lost.
The song's about getting a new start or some positive bullshit like that. (Think happy thoughts, think happy thoughts ...) In the video, each member has a problem they must overcome, like drumming up new business, completing a difficult cheer, or dispensing ice cream (?).
You had one job ...
The light-hearted video full of funny closeups reminded me of "Moya," which was refreshing. Alas, the Sistar-inspired ass dances that garnered a lot of attention for the group lately were not forgotten. There was still plenty of that.
And a truly inspiring number of upskirt shots
Overall, though, "Short Hair" stands as AOA's best song in the past year and a half-return to form. Here's hoping they come back as a band this winter.
BOTTOM LINE: AOA's "Short Hair" draws from "Miniskirt" and "Moya" to create a conceptual hybrid offering both ass and humor.
* Gifs from Soyeon Friend, truly a friend to all