Nov 13, 2014
AOA Steal My Heart in "Like A Cat"
So, I wasn't super excited about AOA's comeback and I still won't call myself a big fan of their music because Brave Brothers, but there's just something about them that makes me come back every single time. I didn't particularly like "Miniskirt" and although I liked "Short Hair" better it still didn't do it enough for me music-wise. This new song however, I LOVE.
The song, firstly. YES. It still has that familiar Brave Brothers sound that I almost always find extremely boring but this song is so much more interesting than any of their other recent songs. It has more of a spunky melody that's not at all as generic as one would expect, and already from the beginning you can tell that this song is heaps better than what they've released before. Sure, it's not fantastic and is still pretty common, but it's definitely a better type of common. And those "La la la's" are infectious like crazy and by far my favorite part of the song.
The video is not too branched out and in style with what they've done prior, but it contains way more plot which I'm all in favor of. The seven ladies take on the roles of sexy burglars, all dressed like cat-women as they sneak around seductively whilst carrying out an mission. Present in the video is also Australian native Daniel Snoeks, a former member of the popular JTBC show "Abnormal Summit". He stars as the rich handsome man in possession of the desired diamond the girls are out to steal.
Of course, anyone can see that the main purpose of this video is not to serve a realistic, action-packed heist story, because their roles as thieves are neither believable nor realistic. Like, this kind of stuff doesn't happen in real life, and certainly not in those clothes, but I still think it's more interesting than a video with no plot whatsoever. However, I am furious about all the product placement. It's so obvious they're sponsored by this mobile game company that I can't help but cringe when members are being shown playing on their phones. Whilst breaking into a secret valve. Yeah, that happened.
In the end, they do get their diamond with the help of Seolhyun's flexible limbs and some old-fashioned girl power. I do love a girl that can kick ass whilst wearing a latex suit and having full makeup on. Continuing about the clothes; I am not sure how I feel about them. I see how they were inspired by the classic Catwoman suit, and the black leather tops and bottoms do look amazing but it's not very creative or original. It fits the concept though, so I can't complain too much. The choreography fits the concept too, with the smooth cat-like movements and hands formed like paws, but as a whole it's kind of boring. I was expecting something much stronger and intense, and this is just kind of lukewarm.
The story is very unrealistic, yes, and the screen time is horrendously uneven, but for a fan it's still more than enough. I'm not even that big of a fan and I still loved it, because it's K-pop and it's not supposed to be too serious. The song is fun, the plot serves its purpose and the eye-candy is off the charts. There's no doubt in my mind that this is one of the prettiest groups out there, and I do think part of it is because of the styling and the makeup, because none of them really ever look bad. Well, I am still morning Yuna's long hair but apart from that there's nothing for me to pick on.