Hush is the second full-length album released by girl group miss A. The title track was used as the promotional single and the album includes five songs from their last two mini-albums.
Released: November 6, 2013
1. Come on Over (놀러와)
2. Hush [MV]
3. Love is U
5. Hide & Sick
6. (Mama) I’m Good
7. Like U
8. Hush (Party Ver.)
9. Touch [MV]
10. Over U
11. Time’s Up
12. If I Were a Boy
13. I Don’t Need a Man (남자 없이 잘 살아) [MV]
miss A’s second album opens with Come on Over, a sensual R&B song. I was expecting something a little more hardhitting, but I gotta be honest and say this is a fantastic song. The melody is surprisingly catchy and the arrangement is really beautiful. I don’t think the rap works that well in this song though and although all the girls sound good it would’ve been nicer to hear a bit of adlibbing towards the end to give it an extra push.
I’m surprised people didn’t take to Hush as well as I thought they would. I think it’s an amazing pop song and one of miss A’s strongest offerings. I really like how it builds up with the eventual inclusion of the acoustic guitar and then the heavy beat. The vocals were also much stronger in this one than the last and the group’s lack of standout singer is not really noticeable. Excellent.
Love is U gives us a lighter change in sound. The midtempo pop song isn’t my favourite sound, but there are parts that I really enjoy such as when the title is repeated. This part also surprised me because Min actually has a bit of soul in her voice here. Not bad.
The verses of Spotlight bring back some early 00s R&B vibes, but the song then switches into full pop mode. While I do like that it is really upbeat and fun, there are areas of the arrangement that I just find annoying like the beat and the weird buzzing noise in the background. It’s still a nice listen, just filler material.
Hide & Sick brings the aggressive pop sound and has similarities to that of Hush. I think there are parts of it that are somewhat messy, like Jia’s rap which just doesn’t have much flow. At the same time, there are parts that I enjoy a lot such as the chorus, which has a little bit of a country flair to it. If it was cleaned up a little it could’ve been a promoted song.
(Mama) I’m Good is really great and probably the best song since the title track. It’s a bit oldschool and has some rock qualities to it that differentiates it from the other songs. All the girls sound great as well. A great uplifting tune.
The last of the brand new tracks, Like U is probably the slowest of them. The modern R&B ballad offers a nice change of pace, however, I find it to be rather dull at times. To melody is decent, but not hardhitting enough and gets lost in the heavy beats and synths during the chorus. It’s an ok listen, just not something I would return to often.
The Party Version of Hush is an interesting twist to the somewhat bare sound the original had as it features a stronger trance sound. I think it would be fun to dance to, but it is a bit tiring and overwhelming and the melody is heavily overshadowed by the music. The album also includes five older songs released off the girls’ last two mini-albums.
Touch is still one of my favourite miss A songs, although Over U still hasn’t grown on me too much (the chorus is eh…). I really enjoyed Time’s Up so I’m happy it was chosen to be on here whereas I Don’t Need a Man is charming and If I Were a Boy is ok.
Overall: I was actually surprised by this album. It was nice to see a lot more new songs and even if they all weren’t the most amazing, each had its charm and were listenable. It was also good to see that the album consisted largely of upbeat songs. Not too sure why the older songs were included though. I could understand Touch and I Don’t Need a Man, but I found the other ones were unnecessary (despite their varying levels of enjoyability).