miss A dropped their second mini-album Colors more than a year after the release of their sophomore studio album Hush. The girls does not have a fixed concept so the initial news of the album signified the possibility of them adopting a style they have yet to try in their four-year career. They eventually chose to go casual-girly for this comeback which is not exactly a road less travelled, but the six-track album – a collection of pop, jazz, rock and a tiny bit of trap – is a well-crafted effort that topped the music charts upon its release.
While Colors contains outstanding numbers, some of the songs on the album failed to highlight notable growth in the members’ vocal ability. The title track ‘Only You’ is an instantly likeable, saccharine track produced by Black Eyed Pilseung (the brain behind SISTAR’s summer hit ‘Touch My Body’), but while Min and Suzy, who are arguably the group’s best vocalists, perform to their usual standards (which is already rather impressive), Jia sounds pale in comparison on certain parts. ‘One Step’ tells a flirty, jazzy story about a girl’s desire for a serious romance. Some netizens may have found the song too safe and forgettable for an opener, but it is, without doubt, a sleek piece that grows on the listener after a couple of replays.
Colors slips into the EDM realm with ‘Love Song’ – an experimental number which uses synth violin to create a bit of sass to an otherwise predictable electro track. Like ‘Love Song’, ‘Melting’ is equally danceable, even though the three-minute song feels more subtle and repetitive as compared to the former. Angst plays up midway through the album, veering listeners into the pain of confronting a cheating lover in ‘I Caught Ya’. The pop-rock number, which is written by Suzy, conveys the theme in such an energetic melody, it was easy to sing along cheerful despite what the lyrics truly represent. The album concludes with the mid-tempo ‘Stuck’ – its warm, subtle aids in showcasing their voices even through the piano and horns melody does not stand out among the remaining songs
Recommended tracks: ‘One Step’, ‘Only You’ and ‘I Caught Ya’