FIESTAR execute visual concept flawlessly on “Mirror”, while song is both hit & miss


FIESTAR are back with “Mirror“, their first return after members Yezi and Cao Lu gained a bunch of recognition for their individual activities. While FIESTAR have never necessarily been a flop group, they certainly haven’t exploded into the mainstream yet, and this comeback marks their most visible attempt to date.

“Mirror” is a mature-sounding, goth-esque concept that’s imminently inviting, and the instrumental’s reliance on synths is not that dissimilar from efforts like “You’re Pitiful“. The song definitely tries to match the seriousness of the concept by starting out rather quiet and intense, and Yezi’s following whisper-rapping was a clever way to organically make sure she played a significant role.

The hook was a matter of internal debate for me. On one hand, it was an easy listen and I actually did enjoy the repeating ‘baby’ conclusion, but I also thought it lacked a necessary punch to complete the build as a reward of sorts for the subdued start. So basically I still thought it was engaging, I just think there was definite opportunity for more, and I wish they would’ve taken it. Actually, nothing expresses that point better than the decision to go even more sensual with the bridge. At that point, I thought what the track really needed to propel it further was a sort of explosion, both from a conceptual and vocal perspective. However, it ended up going in the opposite direction, which I think really handicapped the song’s potential.

So while there was a lot of like from this, there was also a bunch of unrealized potential that prevents it from being what I would characterize as an out-and-out hit.


The music video commits to the serious goth concept, and thus succeeds on that level, but the construction and direction of the music video itself is something we’ve seen literally dozens of times.


Fortunately then, all that shit takes a backseat to the true purpose of the music video, which is to showcase FIESTAR’s visuals and how basically every member could poop on my face and I wouldn’t complain.




Jei, goddamn.


Linzy stays confusingly anonymous in K-pop.


Hyemi is … there and attractive.


Yezi swept the fucking leg on Jei’s center position.





I’m honestly still deeply concerned about their chart performance and subsequent relevancy given how these types of songs tend to do with K-pop fans, especially because even by my estimation it’s not necessarily a standout. However, there was a lot to like from the comeback and hopefully their newfound fame manages to propel them towards uncharted waters.


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