• http://profiles.google.com/jcho49 J Cho

    “.. a “flashback” of After School during their debit period.” It’s debut*
    But you hit the nail on the head about Jung-Ah and Jooyeon. They definitely stepped it up this time around especially Jung-Ah.

  • Eliza17

    I actually liked Eyeline and Nana can pull off singing solo and she sounds really good.  Rip off on the other hand I found too busy.  Although I enjoyed the choreo and performance, it doesn’t seem like a song they can sing live.  

  • zweiosterei

    Haven’t heard the album but the fact that the reviewer thinks there could be life for AS after Kahi surprises me. Could the impossible be true and the graduation system actually works?

  • Varsico

    I agree about the first 2 songs wholeheartedly, couldn’t have said it better myself.  However, I have very different opinions about the other 3 songs.

    I completely disagree about Eyeline being a weak link. It’s a very fitting song for the grown-up and sexy concept After School is doing. I personally loved the “breathiness” and ethereal feel this song has, yes it could’ve been better but this is by no means a weak song.In fact, this song could’ve been an amazing title track, I know between Jungah, Raina and a couple of the underused girls (the ones with the lower voices) would’ve been perfect for it. On the other hand, if they want to keep giving Nana solos, I want to hear her doing more Britney-sounding songs. I feel like she’d be better at that than electro-house music.

    The slow songs were incredibly generic, the most forgettable songs of the single for me. The vocals in them were good but the music itself was lackluster to say the least. Timeless sounded like it was taken from a randomly picked american teen pop album of the late 90′s/early 00′s. And Wristwatch, even though I kind of like it for the same reason,  sounds like one of IU’s leftovers.

  • wthouse

    I agree that the original Japanese version of ‘Rip Off’ had a grittier sound to it that made the song more aggressive, mainly due to Kahi’s vocals.

    Since I heard of Kahi’s leaving, I had mixed feelings about AS’s comeback. But ‘Flashback’ actually surprised me. As much as Pledis may say the girls are going back to their earlier sexy image, ‘Flashback’ is a totally different brand of sexiness compared to ‘Ah’. It actually showed how the group is growing after Kahi’s graduation, quite unlike the identity crisis they seemed to suffer with the Red and Blue promotions.

    Before with Kahi, Jungah’s role as one of the backbone members of AS never really showed since she would get overshadowed by Kahi’s larger than life presence and charisma. With ‘Flashback’, I totally agree that Jungah, and alongside Jooyeon, really shined for the first time since their ‘Ah’ and ‘Diva’ days. Even UEE, who I thought was the one member lacking charisma, stepped up enormously for ‘Flashback’. I watched their comeback stages and UEE, IMO, really stood out.

    The roles the girls play really showed in their ‘Flashback’ comebacks: Jungah and Jooyeon as the unnis of the group, UEE as the member connecting the unnis and the dongsaengs, Orange Caramel as the members with increasing popularity and screen-time, and the underexposed maknaes Eyoung and Kaeun.

  • http://twitter.com/Dilya_ELF Pyromaniac`

    Kahi’s departure is the nightmare for AS. Really-she was carrying the group. Even the choreoghraphy got worse. It looks like they’re going here and there, shake a bit then again change the places.
    Solo song is too much fo Nana. E-Young and Lizzy sing way better than Nanan, to be honest.
    also, after Kahi left all attention is on Nana. Really. Too much lines for her, too much screen time. I didn’t see E-Young, Kaeun and Jooyeon properly. But i’ve rememberd all the minutes, where Nana appears.
    Rip off sounds good, but nos as good as Original one.
    Timless-is the strongest song in the album. both Jungah and Raina shine. 

  • Chyrita Bonita

    The mini album was disappointing. The only song I like is Eyeline but I will admit Nana could have put more into her singing and I wish that all the girls were singing that song. I never liked rip off in Japanese or Korean. Wristwatch is a boring song. I just can’t with AS at the moment.

  • ashygreen

    kahi’s my favorite member from after school, but i’m really glad she graduated. it’s about time for her to do her own thing now (solo) plus, jungah have more lines and attention now since she’s the unofficial leader now. i swear jungah’s the member that is most underrated!
    agreed that the mv was really kinda meh, but then again lots of mv doesn’t make a flippin’ sense most of the time. for the fans it’s the eye candy factor that counts, so for this mv it serve the purpose. disagreed with author of this article saying after school were not looking good and trying to be sexy in the mv because 1)they don’t have to act…they are sexy 2)they’ve never been hotter in my opinion. they looked fab, makeups were creative and well done. if you gonna say that the make up is too much then i’ll just answer you “STAGE MAKE UP” . the dance is by kyle hanagami so i don’t think it’s that crappy..and i don’t expect a power dance sorta thing from them cos it’s suppose to be a sexy dance..there’s this REALLY famous girl group in korea and they have even crappier video and dance.
    i think they’ll be fine..but i don’t think they’re gonna be a big hit in korea. 80% are international fans..korean market are more interested with ‘cute’ stuff..

  • ashygreen

    kahi’s my favorite member from after school, but i’m really glad she graduated. it’s about time for her to do her own thing now (solo) plus, jungah have more lines and attention now since she’s the unofficial leader now. i swear jungah’s the member that is most underrated!
    agreed that the mv was really kinda meh, but then again lots of mv doesn’t make a flippin’ sense most of the time. for the fans it’s the eye candy factor that counts, so for this mv it serve the purpose. disagreed with author of this article saying after school were not looking good and trying to be sexy in the mv because 1)they don’t have to act…they are sexy 2)they’ve never been hotter in my opinion. they looked fab, makeups were creative and well done. if you gonna say that the make up is too much then i’ll just answer you “STAGE MAKE UP” . the dance is by kyle hanagami so i don’t think it’s that crappy..and i don’t expect a power dance sorta thing from them cos it’s suppose to be a sexy dance..there’s this REALLY famous girl group in korea and they have even crappier video and dance.
    i think they’ll be fine..but i don’t think they’re gonna be a big hit in korea. 80% are international fans..korean market are more interested with ‘cute’ stuff..

  • Stephanie Wang

    I couldn’t even listen through Rip Off. . . Wow, their image has changed so much since “AH”

  • jesuis2

    While Kahi was the “leader” of AS, I’m not sure her “graduating” is as bad as this article makes it out to be.

    Kahi wasn’t the lead singer, nor was she the most popular member (that being Uee for some unknown reason – yeah, I know, her “honey thighs” – but most members of AS are better looking, including the gorgeous Kahi).

    Plus, Kahi was getting a bit up there in age to be in a group adding younger and younger members.

    As for Kahi, knowing that she was a dancer 1st and foremost, she surprised me w/ a half-decent singing voice – so she should be fine as a solo act.

    Oddly enough, I have never been impressed by Kahi’s dancing; yeah, she can do all the moves, but they are a bit “mechanical” and she just doesn’t have a natural flow or that rhythm.

  • http://twitter.com/itchingforbooks Shane

    I disagree with you. Flashback is a really good song. Are you kidding me? Listen to the foolishness filling kpop these days, flashback is one of the best songs out now. Its not as cutey, cutey, generic, and whack like most. And i can’t believe you said the dancing is crappy. Their choreography is always on point, even during live performances, they never mess up. These ladies work really hard and it’s kind of sad that you’re unappreciative of their efforts. I love Rip Off in both versions, and Eyeline is a good song, i agree that Nana could have sounded better though and she does get a lot of shine, but UEE was like that too when she just entered. It’s how things are with groups. Timeless is wonderful as is, its not supposed to have all these high range vocals its a urban pop/r&b track, the harmonies are good in itself. Relax and enjoy the music and stop hating, I’m glad AS is around cause some of these groups are just replicating each other. 

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U67SZ37IJIJVTT4Y5GYLDQ6DB4 Bailey

    “The random dubstep dance-break and Nana’s rap-talking was unappealing
    and somewhat misplaced”, “Many people find Nana’s getting of a solo and overall newly found
    attention unreasonable”… Agree 100%. AS isn’t a group anymore, it’s Raina/Nana feat. JungAh, UEE, and oh, four other random girls. Lizzy honestly scares me (she keeps a Death Note – I don’t care if it’s a joke, you’re still wishing death on the members of your group), and I’m annoyed at how E-Young, who’s been in AS for about two years now, and she’s still getting shafted in terms of lines/screentime. She’s got a good voice, and she’s one of AS’ best dancers, yet she’s shoved to the background while Nana gets all the attention. Kaeun – she’s supposed to have these gorgeous vocals, but she got one solo line and a duet line, and almost no screentime? Give me a break.