A Class is the first album released by miss A. Good-bye Baby was used as the promotional song and the album features only 5 new songs out of the 12 (excluding the remix). Love Alone was released right before the album’s release.
Released: July 18, 2011
1. One to Ten (하나부터 열까지)
2. Good-bye Baby [MV]
3. Help Me
4. Break It
5. Mr. Johnny
6. Play That Music DJ (그 음악을 틀어줘요 DJ)
7. Step Up
8. Breathe [MV]
9. Blankly (멍하니)
10. Love Again (다시 사랑) [MV]
11. Love Alone [MV]
12. Bad Girl Good Girl [MV]
13. Good-bye Baby (Silver Mix)
I was worried One to Ten was going to be an intro, but thankfully it’s a full song especially considering it’s only one of five new songs. It starts with a flowing piano line before going into an almost 4minute Heart to Heart melody, but this song seems more like the more mature sounding sister. It’s a decent opener, but I just can’t get H2H out of my head now that it sorta ruins everything. It’s a good song though, but a little empty sounding. The arrangement is rather weak for the melody and I don’t think they really work well together. I really like the vocals though, especially around the end.
Good-bye Baby is a much stronger song. The promotional song has a heavy beat and is more reminiscent of Bad Girl Good Girl than of Breathe. It’s quite addicting and I like the odd mixture of beats with the electric guitar undertone. The song is also very catchy and the repeated title throughout the chorus is nicely done with good singing breaks in between so it doesn’t become too annoying. My only problem with the song is that I’m not a big fan of songs that open with the chorus because I feel by the end they tend to sound like they drag on, which happens here especially since they don’t take the song to the next level at that time. It’s still a strong song though.
Help Me is a great follow-up and in my opinion, one of miss A’s stronger non-promotional songs. This midtempo pop tune features a bass line with a clap-beat over top. I really enjoy how the background vocals were utilized during the pre-chorus’ although there are times when the verses and pre-chorus just seem too long. The chorus is just so funky and catchy that the long wait takes away from it. Vocally, it’s a good song that shows off their vocals like the first track.
The next new song is Mr. Johnny, which is a nice change from the more midtempo dance / pop songs up until now. It’s a fast-paced and catchy electronic dance song with a fun atmosphere and striking array of synths. I’m not a big fan of the chorus because it’s a bit weak compared to the verses, which are quite strong. I think the rap is a nice touch here though and doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb like in some of their other songs.
The last of the new songs is Good-bye Baby (Silver Remix), which is an interesting take on the song. Everything is slowed down and the arrangement comprises mostly of a powerful beat and some weird Spy-like synths, giving it a more “mysterious” quality to it. To be honest I don’t like this at all. The song is way too slow for me and it loses its punch. The rest of the album is basically full of their songs from the past two singles excluding one song, Just Fall Across.
The promotional songs, Breathe, Bad Girl Good Girl and Love Alone are probably the strongest here. Love Again, Step Up and Blankly are also two songs that I enjoyed from their releases. I was not happy with the inclusion of Play That Music DJ and Break It though, more so the former, which I find quite annoying and I actually would’ve liked it more if Just Fall Across was on this album instead. The latter has grown on me, but I don’t know whether or not I like it.
Overall: miss A’s first album was somewhat disappointing in one way, which was the lack of new tracks. I can understand the inclusion of their promotional songs, but it seems like such a waste for people who got the singles considering almost all the songs are included on the album. It would’ve been nice to hear some more new stuff too since the majority of the newer songs were quite good. Besides that it is a decent release with some ups, downs and in-betweens.