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.
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.