Catallena is the third single released by After School sub-unit Orange Caramel. Keeping up with the odd concepts, this one was focused around sushi.
Released: March 12, 2014
1. Catallena (까탈레나) [MV]
2. So Sorry
3. Crying Uncontrollably (미친 듯이 울었어)
Right away, the single opens with the title track, an infectious pop tune that samples a Punjabi wedding folk song. It’s really interesting to hear how the use of the sample flows with the chorus and it is a brilliant addition as it gives Catallena an extra pop that adds an even larger effect on the visual front when coupled with the dance. While the verses are great, it is definitely the chorus that steals the show and it’s not just because of the melody. When listening to the instrumental, it is clear to hear the excellent blend of the synthesizers with one another as well as the beat and background vocals. Really a fun and delicious listen. So Sorry surprisingly follows up the last song with another funky song, reminiscent of 2012’s Lipstick. While sometimes overly repetitive, the song is strong enough that it could have been the promoted track (which is probably why is was performed live a few times). It’s fun as well, but the song is definitely not as upbeat in attitude as the last song, which is a nice change. Enjoyable. Crying Uncontrollably is probably the weirdest song just because it is so different from the other two. While still an upbeat pop song, it features a much larger dance quality and is also (fitting with the title) rather sombre sounding in comparison. Unlike the squeaky vocals found in the last song, we get to hear the girls sing in a much more serious tone. It’s a nice change and a solid track.
Overall: This was a great single actually. Catallena is just an excellent and intoxicating listen that also boasts the girl group’s charms, while So Sorry is a great followup that is also A-side material. The last song was surprisingly different, but still strong and helps to give the single a bit of diversity in genre.