Like I said, Because of You made me actually like After School - if it wasn't for their sub-par/shrill vocals, they'd probably be one of my favorite girl groups. This new single is rather.. different. But it's grown on me since I first heard it.
I like the fact that they have a rather different concept, as opposed to the dark image that's spreading around girl groups and boybands alike, and I like that they clearly made an effort to make this work.
When I first heard the song in full, I was a bit iff-y - the structure and concept are pretty clear, yes, but sonically the song was a mess. You have these very intense verses and marching band/cheerleader chants and then suddenly out of nowhere this middle 8 sprouts out. It's not even a break down, it's like it's part of a completely different song. When I was listening to it for the first time and I heard the first few measures, I was thinking to myself, "I wonder where the other song on the teaser is." Then it came out as the middle 8 and I was like "WHAT?!?!?"
HOWEVER, the verses are very strong - they really bring across the intensity of the rest of the song. And I LOVE the percussion part throughout, I love how it's actually marching band and apparently, the girls can perform it. I'm not sure if it's just a small bit or the entire thing, but here's a practice video of 2 of the members:
To a certain extent, I'm pleased that the song is mainly chanting, rapping and the like, mainly because After School aren't the best vocalists in my book. They can pull of melodies, yeah, but live they falter and I'd like to see a strong live performance for this song, since it calls for it. I would've liked it if they had better vocals and a more melodic song, but that would be asking too much from After School. I do hope the new girl (Lizzy I believe) actually has a voice though. *fingers crossed*