After School made their Kahi-less comeback this week with the release of their new single “Flashback”.
Following last year’s luscious “Shampoo”, “Flashback” marks a return to the trashier dance-pop sound of the group’s early days of “Ah” and “Diva”.
On the first listen, I was pretty disappointed with “Flashback”. It’s generic, and sounds more like a rookie single than a comeback track from a group who have delivered songs as great as “Shampoo” and “Because of You”, but with a few spins, it’s grown on me a lot. Yeah, it still sounds like a rookie track, and even Son Dam Bi’s singles (with the exception of “Queen”) are far superior to “Flashback”, but at least it’s a good rookie track. The hard dance beat, with its occasional sprinkles of electro and techno synths, is pretty hot, and the song’s got a strong hook (“B-b-b-boy I miss you!”). Even the contrived dubstep breakdown is sizzling with it’s bubbly wobbles and stutters.
The ladies of After School also sound really sexy with their vocal delivery, so much so that it’s hard to think that this is the same group that spawned Orange Caramel.
The music video is smokin’, and plays a lot like a classier version of RaNia’s “Dr. Feel Good”, with a splash of Dal★Shabet’s “Hit U” thrown in for good measure. Sexy really suits After School, and for the first time in AS history, I can’t pick a messy member of the group. E-Young even stopped being completely useless, and UEE’s chilling crossed-eyed gaze isn’t nearly as terrifying as it usually is.
Overall, I like “Flashback”, but I would’ve liked it better if Kahi had done it as a trashy solo single and After School had come out with something a bit more distinctive and original.
What do y’all think?