AOA are back with a new single called “Like a Cat,” and I’m pleased to report that it’s way better than Hello Venus’ “Sticky Sticky.” Unfortunately, it’s not as good as the mind-blowing “Miniskirt,” which is what you’d hope for now that AOA have collaborated with Brave Brothers for the third consecutive time this year.
In Brave’s defence, “Like a Cat” isn’t nearly as lazy as it could’ve been. He opens it with some nice dancehall sirens before Korea’s new Queen of Rap Jimin launches into the best spoken-word intro ever (“Hey! No matter where you go, the pretty girls are AOA! You know, I’m good, I’m hot, I’m fresh, I’m fly!“).
The production hits pretty hard, and it’s always fun to listen to Brave’s music closely to pinpoint all the new sounds and instruments he’s added to freshen up his tried-and-tested formula. Also, AOA are at an advantage to some other girl groups thanks to Jimin, whose squeaky rapid-fire rap breaks sound remarkably distinctive in an industry where all idol rappers tend to sound identical.
So yes, “Like a Cat” is a decent enough song, but it’s not the song that’s the problem — it’s everything else.
The cat burglar concept AOA adopted for this comeback sounds good on paper, but in reality it’s nowhere near as amazing as you’d expect it to be. Their old choreography was better, and the official MV is centred around a clichéd bank heist, which at this point has been done to death both in the east and in the west. SECRET did the robbery concept to perfection in “Poison,” and their video wasn’t stuffed full of shameless product placement like AOA’s.
How many times do we need to hear AOA doing a Brave Brothers song that’s just a worse version of “Miniskirt”? How many times will they sing the same lyrics about how hot they are because they’re wearing a short skirt/have short hair/are sexy like a cat? How many times do we need to see them get in a conga line and wiggle their butts at the camera? It’s just the same thing over and over again.
I understood why they repeated the “Miniskirt” formula with “Short Hair,” but this is the third time now, and it’s starting to get boring. At least bring back the band unit for a break between the sexy Brave Brothers’ comebacks so we can get some variety.
Girl’s Day have repeated the sexy concept, but all their songs sound different. A Pink repeat their innocent concept, but their songs get better with every comeback. AOA a.k.a. Zzz peaked in January and everything since has been a less good version of what came before.
On a positive note, at least it’s better than that fucking Meaghan Trainor leftover that Lee Hi and AkMu girl put out today.
Also, I’m totally addicted to AOA’s b-side “Girl’s Heart” and I think it has a better chorus than “Like a Cat.” I can’t stop playing it!