Friday, November 8th, 2019

Twice – Fake & True

When their epistemology lecture is hijacked by Russia or someone, two warring philosophers must confront reality. No, hang on…


Alfred Soto: “Fake and true” is a thesis for the ages — I like to imagine the women in Twice nodding furiously at this or that Oscar Wilde passage. The horns could use more pep.

Leah Isobel: If Twice’s approach to internal doubt feels a little flippant given the context, the rubbery bass at least convinces me they believe in what they’re saying. 

Will Rivitz: Twice in 2019 sounds like a shell of the Twice of a few short years ago, shedding their ability to absolutely send it on outré cotton-candy in favor of middling, amorphous cool. At best, this sort of Blue Period maturity should, er, signal a group figuring out what to do with the world after conquering it; here, that growth sounds like a bloodless rehash of “4 Walls.” Their unapologetic spiritedness still crops up from time to time, but it’s bursting forth less and less frequently.

Ryo Miyauchi: The “big sister” angle was a great direction on an early effort like “Brand New Girl,” and Twice has really embraced that position in “Fake & True.” The music alone introduces an adult personality with a sleek, stylishly expressive dance-pop that Avex’s rookie girl groups would envy. It also suggests Twice, too, are growing up in taste in time with the kids who got into them through “Candy Pop.” Most of all, it’s the lyrics about self-progress, talking directly to the listeners, that earns its place as role-model pop. They’re still human and emotionally lost like a lot of their young audiences, but they also voice an incredible sense of self-discipline that’s hard not to admire.

Michael Hong: “Fake & True” lacks the same charm that made “Feel Special” special and sees the group gazing ahead without giving away any personality beneath their glassy-eyed stares. Its instrumental is just as cluttered, albeit far less focused, and the girls on the chorus are drowned out by blaring horns, which appear loud without any real presence. Only two members sound like themselves, Chaeyoung and Dahyun in lockstep on the second verse, whereas the rest seem to be going through the motions and sounding like shadows of themselves — Twice could probably use that break.

Alex Clifton: It’s like living in a disco ball! I’m really impressed with the career trajectory Twice have taken; for a long time, I wrote them off as an overly-cutesy girl group more focused on bubblegum and aegyo, but some of their more recent singles are in the Red Velvet vein of maximalist fun with a twist.

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2 Responses to “Twice – Fake & True”

  1. join us and come be a Once, Alex

  2. if I had ever been attacked by a Twice fan and it had put me off the band I’d be able to make the joke “Once bitten, Twice shy”

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