FIESTAR made a huge transformation last year when they went from being LOEN Entertainment’s quirky little girl group to threesome-dols singing about gangbangs over a blatant rip-off of Jamelia’s “Superstar,” but it was a change that worked for the quintet.
Although their position on the charts pretty much remained the same (total flops unable to crack the top fifty), their drastic new image reignited some interest in the group and laid the foundation for a fresh start.
If “One More” was FIESTAR’s shock-value reboot single, then their latest effort, “You’re Pitiful,” is what I’d call their real comeback single.
Produced once again by Shinsadong Tiger (who helmed the group’s last few singles), the melancholy midtempo sees FIESTAR haunted by an ex-boyfriend who’s just come back into their lives to fuck with their already fragile emotions.
It’s not an obvious hook song like a Brave Brothers’ hit, but it draws you in and the chorus becomes incredibly addictive after a few spins. I went through a period of a couple of days after this first dropped where I couldn’t stop listening to it on repeat.
The ghostly synths and subtle guitar strums in the background recall some of B2ST’s moodier hits, like “Fiction” and Yoseob’s “Caffeine.” “You’re Pitiful” obviously isn’t on the level of those masterpieces, but barely any songs are so that isn’t a negative thing.
I’m especially in love with the song’s choreography, which is by far the group’s best. The move where the male backup dancers cover FIESTAR with their jackets as a chivalrous gesture while the girls sing about their pitiful ex who hasn’t really changed despite his claims is genius. The chairs are another nice prop, especially during Yezi’s rap break on the second verse.
FIESTAR’s concept is quite simple and chic this time around. Instead of going for what makes them stand out, each member has been delegated the hairstyle and makeup that makes them look the prettiest (unlike, for example, Yezi’s hideous blonde bob from last era). It’s easy to see why Jei is a popular visual, but Linzy is gorgeous in a plastic kind of way and Cao Lu makes a good men’s mag model with her honey thighs and blonde hair.
FIESTAR’s Black Label mini-album is also worth checking out. It contains a few duds, but track three, “Turn Off The Lights,” is amazing, and the group’s My Lovely Girl OST cut “Tight” (still one of the best things FIESTAR’s ever recorded) is included at the end.
Overall, it’s another strong comeback for the consistently good FIESTAR. And it’s actually charting! It’s still in the top 100 of Melon after a week, which by FIESTAR’s shitty standards is actually good (believe it or not). It’s not gonna be a real hit though and the group will probably be disbanded by the end of the year unless Jei hits daebak on a variety show or something, so enjoy this comeback while you can.