Come Back, You Bad Person is the debut solo mini-album released by After School leader, Kahi. The title song was used as the promotional track.
Released: February 14, 2011
1. Come Back, You Bad Person (돌아와 나쁜 너) [MV]
2. One Love
3. Gift (선물)
4. Roller Coaster (롤러코스터)
Starting with the title track, Come Back, You Bad Person is a striking emotional piece to put it shortly. Following the similar styling of After School’s song “Because of You”, the song makes me think of a second remix. What I really enjoy about it is how the song wraps the singing and rapping together, which makes me think of two different emotions being played. My favourite part of the song though is definitely smack dab in the middle where the song switches from its repetitive self into something more striking. The breakdown here is gorgeous. With that said, there are parts of this song that seem more about the visual aspects than the music. What I mean are the pretty empty choruses, which just robotically repeat the title. It’s good for shows, but for a listen I’m not quite fond of it and would’ve preferred something more filling. Still, even with that bit of emptiness, the song easily shows Kahi’s capabilities as a performer with the strong singing and rapping.
One Love slows things down with a nice R&B ballad. It’s nothing out of the ordinary like the title track was, but it’s a good safe place to return to. What I enjoyed most was the fact it showed off Kahi’s vocals really well and her versatility in genres of music. My only gripe is the random “don’t wasted time”. I usually don’t care for the awkward English found in Asian songs, but this one just sounds so awkward at one of the more crucial points in the song.
Slowing things down even further is Gift, a more traditional sounding ballad. It’s a good song, but it’s a tad dull to be honest. I really like how great Kahi sounds here, but the problem is that it sounds like a mix of other K-Pop ballads I’ve listened to before. The notes Kahi hits really turn my head around though as I never expected her to be such a powerful vocalist.
After two slower songs, we are hit with Roller Coaster, a funky pop/dance mix. It has a weird vibe to it because it doesn’t particularly transition well, but that’s what makes it so great. The chorus is definitely the best part though as its opening is just so smooth and crisp. It does have some awkward areas though, such as the repetitive use of the title, which I get bored of quickly. With that said, it’s a great song.
Overall: As the first solo mini-album from Kahi, this was a striking release. Each song showed off her versatility and strengths and each was a solid track. While I was not particularly interested in the ballad, it’s still a good song altogether and does little to detract the quality of this release.