When I first laid eyes on the tracklist for CLASS:y’s newest mini album, its length caused me to do a double take. Calling two tracks a “mini album” is quite a stretch — even for K-pop! But, the group has compensated for this brevity with a long-form music video that combines both tracks into one storyline. Since it’s released in two parts, this review will be centered around the song Tick Tick Boom. And though I don’t explicitly review music videos on this blog, I appreciate the ambition it takes to string multiple tracks together in this way. It reminds me of when T-ara released their series of mini-movies back in 2012.
While CLASS:y’s storytelling may be ambitious, the music feels slightly more perfunctory. Tick Tick Boom is enjoyable dance pop with a strong focus on percussion. However, it feels underdeveloped. Like LE SSERAFIM’s recent Antifragile, the song succeeds when it gives into its addictive rhythm and fuses its melodies to that energy. CLASS:y’s performance offers a warm tone. The producers resist the urge to heighten the key, allowing the girls to deliver a natural vocal that brings out the evocative elements of the track. I’m eager to hear the group build on this style.
While Tick Tick Boom shows great potential, its lack of scope makes it feel more like an extended intro than a full course meal. The correct ingredients are present, but the song spends too much time circling around the same ideas. It feels flatter than it could be. This issue is made most obvious when a cool brassy flourish arrives to buttress the chorus. I want the group to go all out in a similar way. Instead, they seem to be teasing stronger things to come.