With over 2,600 songs on my iPhone’s “K-Pop Singles” playlist, I thought it would be fun to add a bit of unpredictability to my song review posts. So as a result, we have the “Random Shuffle Review” feature.
The rules are simple. I fire up my playlist, press “shuffle,” and whatever song plays first gets the full Bias List treatment!
Year Released: 2014
By the time Like A Cat (사뿐사뿐) rolled around, AOA had secured themselves as a top-tier girl group of 2014. That popularity would unfortunately wane in following years, but there’s no denying their trio of fantastic 2014 singles. After Miniskirt and Short Hair, they saved the best for last. Cat emerged as an instant classic within the group’s discography. Sticking with producer Brave Brothers proved to be a winning formula, and he delivered a ridiculously addictive hook here.
Cat lays out its intentions right from the start, pouncing on listeners with a slinky beat stuffed with playful synths and strumming guitar. This provides a surprisingly robust (if repetitive) instrumental. This isn’t a fast-paced, hard-hitting dance track, but there’s enough bounce to the production to captivate all the way through.
Of course, the true star of the show is AOA themselves. Leader Jimin’s patented “Hey!” appears more than a few times, but it’s the group’s confident, sultry vocals that really sell the material. They taunt the listener throughout, starting with the song’s extended, spoken-word introduction. Cat’s chorus capitalizes on this, opting for subdued over bombastic. This provides an excellent set-up for the track’s strongest moment: that wordless “la la” refrain that acts as Cat’s unrivaled centerpiece. The instrumental mostly empties out here, giving the arrangement laser-focus on this catchy-as-hell hook. This restrained production makes the song’s climax even more fulfilling, as the once-isolated chant is joined by vocal ad-libs and harmonies to create a stellar finale to an already-engaging track.
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