Release Date: July 21, 2011
- One To Ten
- Goodbye Baby
- Help Me
- Break It
- Mr. Johnny
- Turn On That Music DJ
- Step Up
- Love Again
- Love Alone
- Bad Girl Good Girl
- Goodbye Baby (Silver Mix)
After the success of their first mini-album and the subsequent singles Miss A release their first full length album A Class. As with many K-Pop girl groups there is some expectation that they can bring something new to the already crowded table.
With A Class Miss A go in a different direction from many other current groups forgoing many of the heavy electronic dance songs and instead opt for traditional Dance Pop and R&B inspired tracks. In a way they are similar to label mates The Wonder Girls, but with a bit more of an edge.
The album starts off strong with One to Ten and Help Me showcasing the group’s vocal abilities and harmonizing. Help Me in particular has a 90’s R&B kind of vibe that (again) is very close to Wonder Girls territory.
They are never over powered by the beats and are allowed to carry songs with their voices. I usually find with some K-Pop girl groups that the opposite is true and the productions are made to cover flaws of some of the weaker singers.
Fortunately that isn’t the case here.
Many have probably heard the lead singles Love Alone and Goodbye Baby. There are also older tracks such as Bad Girl Good Girl, Love Again and Break It (which all appeared on their mini-album Bad But Good) and Breathe, Step Up, Turn On That Music DJ and Dumbfounded (from their Step Up single) so there really isn’t much to say about those songs.
But if you’re new to K-Pop or have been hiding in a cave during the Hallyu wave all are stellar examples of what this group is capable of. My personal favorite being Break It with its minimalist Hip-Pop beats and sweet MC sections that usually are hit or miss with these kinds of groups.
With so much older material spaced throughout the album aren’t that other many album cuts to speak of. The one to really take note of is Mr. Johnny which is is reminiscent of recent f(x) type material with its Electro-Hop flavor and catchy hook.
To wrap things up there is a Hip-Hop styled remix of Goodbye Baby. It’s pretty good and brings a different kind of feel to the song.
This album as a whole is definitely worth picking up if you’re a fan of Miss A. The downside is that there are very few songs that aren’t previously released material. It’s nice to have all the singles and b-sides in one convenient spot though.
Hopefully their 2nd full length will fix this problem and offer more new songs.