COLORS is the third mini-album released by girl group miss A. It was their first release in almost a year and a half. Only You was used as the promotional single and was a big hit for the group.
Released: March 30, 2015
1. Step (한걸음)
2. Only You (다른 남자 말고 너) [MV]
3. Love Song
4. Melt (녹아)
5. I Caught Ya
The mini opens with Step, a seductive midtempo R&B tune. I think this is something I wouldn’t expect from this group, but it surprisingly fits them well. It’s a bit oldschool and could easily come from K-Pop from the early to mid 2000s. I love how the beat in the song and it matches so well with everything. The girls sound quite good, although I am not a fan of the slight autotune over their vocals. Overall, it is a solid song and a good opener.
After, we are thrown right into the promo track, Only You. I definitely think among their promo singles, this is among their most generic in sound. It’s just pretty straightforward pop. I do really like the squeak that goes on in the back throughout the verses. It definitely gives the song’s instrumental a little more life. The chorus is definitely the highlight though as it is just so catchy. The hook is really sweet sounding and works well with Suzy’s vocals. Nothing new, but definitely a solid pop song.
Love Song is definitely an interesting change. This R&B/dance tune has some really cool parts to it. I’m not a huge fan of the chorus since it is a little lackluster, but the verses are strong and the instrumental break is a fun twist even if the transition is a little jarring. The only thing that has to be taken out though is the middle 8 as it does not fit the rest of the song one bit with its a sweeter sound. A mess, but a fun one.
Melt is a fun listen, as it adds some hip-hop elements to the R&B backdrop. It’s really catchy, but I don’t think it hits to the point I want it to. It always stays in a safe zone. It’s a pretty solid song, but I wish there was a little more to the chorus as it just goes on repeat with the nanana’s.
I Caught Ya helps to keep up the nice diversity with its slight rock tinge. I really like the buildup to the chorus because it definitely gets the tension up and the guitar riffs help to create a nice backdrop. The musical arrangement is definitely the highlight of the song. It’s a lot of fun and provides a nice contrast to the other songs. With that said, the chorus is again lackluster for me. I think there should’ve been a little bit more strength in the chorus with both the music and vocals.
Stuck is the slowest song on the album and is a coffee-house pop songs. I’m usually not a fan of those songs since they are a bit too boring for my tastes, but this one is nice because of the inclusion of the brass instruments in the background. It definitely gives it some life. Actually, the song reminds me of something from mid-2000s J-Pop. It is a nice ending.
Overall: miss A did well with this release. I think the whole album is quite solid and every song is a decent listen. With that said, I did find some of the album tracks to be a little lacking in their execution of the choruses. They never really hit the level that I wanted them to be at and probably won’t revisit them anytime soon. There are some really fun songs here such as Only You and Step, though.