June 19, 2012
Without the overly sexual and gimmicky music video, “Flashback” is very short of impressive. The song is standard auto-tune, no real impressive vocals and a less than catchy chorus. The song itself is an incredible bore, and the random dubstep inserted into it is, well, random. And completely unnecessary. It seems Pledis focused more on making the video as hot as possible that they decided to forgo the need for a good song.
Unlike the particularly unimpressive song, the video is great (in a aesthetic kind of way). The choreography is nothing special, but the girls just scream sex. What’s great about Afterschool is their ability to be sexy without being straight out cheap. Nana and Lizzy in particular were ah-mazing. There were only but a few things that really bothered us: First off, the white outfits are horrendous. Secondly, just as much as this video is a good definition of “sexy”, it’s also a fantastic example of “unequal screentime”. And lastly, there’s the random dubstep dancing. Seriously, that is all that segment was: random. We can see that Pledis was just trying to incorporate some more sexy into the video, but that clip was so misplaced. It was fine for the teaser, and it should’ve remained just there.