If you’re not caught up on K-pop news then you probably haven’t realized that most of the K-pop groups formed between 2007-2010 have either disbanded or had some OG members leave. In other words the second wave of K-pop is coming to an end and those that survive can be considered K-pop elite.
Regardless of the real reason why the group broke up, the break up is allowing for some of the other members to shine. Which brings us to Fei Wang and her solo debut track “Fantasy”.
Fei was always my bias within Miss A because to me she possess an uncommon sense of sexy-charisma. However when I finally listened to her debut song I was a little bit disappointed.
Fei’s debut track “Fantasy” is a simple, mid-tempo synth-pop dance song. It’s very catchy in some places but overall it is lacking that extra dash of flavor and attitude to make it stand out as not only a debut track but as a track to distinguish her from her Miss A days.
While “Fantasy” captures the sophisticated, sensual side of Fei it still lacks some other characters of her. This makes it seem that the song could have been given to any other JYP artists, and Sun-mi is the artist that boldly comes to mind.
Overall I think it is Fei’s airy vocals that make this song fail at hitting where it should. While artists like Selena Gomez and Hyorin manage to use raspy and breathy vocals to strenghten the vibe of their songs, Fei misses the mark as her vocals seem to drown under the hitting synths in the song.
It is obvious the “Fantasy” is supposed to be one of those “slow-burn” type tracks, but it seems as though Fei never really quite gets the fire going. Which is a shame because I know that Fei has incredible talent.
Then on another good note, the music video was entertaining to watch. The video actually goes with the song rather than it just being a basic boxed set-up. There’s a story of a guy watching his fantasy of Fei through this futuristic viewing goggle things.
The choreography for the song is creative as Fei incorporates hula hoops into her routine and plays with her angles. But this does not take away from the fact that the song is safe without any personality.
The hypocritical part of me though must admit that I like the song for all the reasons why I said it’s not good. Although the song could easily been given to Sun-mi to fit her solo debut album I did like Sun-mi’s solo album so I do like this song. Although Fei’s vocals do seem to be drowned some times they are nice vocals much better than anything I’ve ever heard from Selena Gomez (plus Fei’s live vocals are far from drowned out).
Then once again, if you’ve reading my reviews for awhile you know that I love anything electronic/synth based and this song does fit my taste even though it might not fit others.