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[Single & MV Review] A.Leean - 'Fall Back'

By AllK_Maknae   Monday, January 30, 2017   26,364   1,989   21
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A.Leean (aka Ailee) has finally taken the first steps into her highly anticipated U.S. debut! After much talk in the past about her potential debut in the U.S., Ailee has grouped up with Westside Entertainment to become A.Leean and released "Fall Back," an emotional but upbeat dance track.




SEE ALSO: Listen to 1st generation duo Clon's comeback pre-release 'BAMDEELALILA' feat. Ailee!



 

A.Leean played it safe with her Western debut as she released a lyric video rather than a full-fledged filmed MV. While the animated MV is attention-grabbing and a refreshing approach in comparison to just filming another expensive MV frolicing throughout NYC (shots fired at CL here), I still wanted something a little more to add a flavor to the beautiful lyrics contained in the song. Check out the MV below and get lost in A.Leean's world!



The MV has a futuristic, superhero storyline that depicts a woman fighting for love and "not giving up on you." I think the MV (alongside her new stage name) is a quirky reference to Ailee's fans being Aileeans and I love it. The concept had some thought put into it but it lacks that celebrity feel and seems like more of a start up.


Sadly, for me, the song is a bit mediocre. While the lyrics won me over, the song has a real Disney channel vibe that I can't overlook. At least they hit the nail on the head in regards to targeting and achieving that American sound. However, it makes A.Leean come off as childish when in fact she is a well-experienced singer with a mature voice and style. Looking back at her previous release and album, this dropped A.Leean's image a few notches in my opinion.




Lyrically, the song is very touching. A.Leean talks about the power of love and despite the differences in a relationship, it is never too late to come back together. "I don't wanna lose this thing that we call love. I don't wanna miss a chance at making up. I'd rather fall back in love, Fall back in love. I don't wanna lose you."


Alongside A.Leean's strong and steady vocals, the repetitive refrain stands out nicely and flows through your ears and into your soul easily. I like the way the lyrics are complemented by the visuals in the MV as well but it still remains unexciting.




Overall, "Fall Back" is a good start but it doesn't help A.Leean bolt out of the starting gate either. Because it is a play-safe debut with little to no extreme expenses or funding put into, A.Leean is left with very little hype to work off of. In order for her to stand out, she needs something as empowering as her vocals and message. Hopefully, A.Leean's next move shakes things up a bit.

Score


MV Relevance.........3
MV Production........6
MV Concept.............5 


Album Production...5
Album Concept........5
Tracklisting..............5


OVERALL.............5


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    cococcchanel Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    I've always admired Ailee. Sadly, her music has never won me over. "Fall Back" wasn't an exception as I hoped for more. She deserves better, IMO.

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    dark55 Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    nope. This song is kinda trash. Not good enough to make it big in america.  Her next few songs need to bring it a lot harder.

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    Ulla Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    Why are shots fired at CL in a 100% Ailee article? You author need to learn how to write relevant articles. Tbh, this song doesn't even show 30% of her skills.. She needs a better debut song to grab US attention.

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    ~Chocoberry~ Monday, January 30, 2017

    They lyrics won you over? What lyrics?!?!?! The lyrics were Disney channel-esque if anything. Sorry to say but I don't see this denting anywhere in the US market. Disappointing especially because I know Ailee's capability. Def should use a song that showcases as such.

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    queenbetchreturn Monday, January 30, 2017

    ailee deserve better. not here for this

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    ~Chocoberry~ queenbetchreturn Monday, January 30, 2017

    #realtalk

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    kpopfan7 Monday, January 30, 2017

    Katy Perry's 'Firework' and Black Eyed Peas 'I Got a Feeling' had a baby and this was the result.

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    thankyou2NE1 Monday, January 30, 2017

    "Disney channel vibe"The EXACT words I thought of when I heard the song.

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    3percenter Monday, January 30, 2017

    Getting terrestrial and satellite radio play is crucial, as well as a few performances on late night talk shows. A social media bump from a big name celebrity wouldn't hurt either. But success in the US is most often slow going, so people shouldn't expect what they are accustomed to in Korea. Things here work much differently.

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    coti_lopmad Monday, January 30, 2017

    Good for A.leean hope she represent asians and their music in a good way because they deserve it their music overall is way better then several famous musicians in US and for the author don't hate on CL and even more in an article that should be based solemnly on A.leean.

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    stephhn Monday, January 30, 2017

    Starting with the name, everything about this release just doesn't feel right. One of her usual songs but translated would have worked just fine or at least something that sounded like that.

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