If you had been one of the few who got to sneak in at FHM’s 10th anniversary party held last March, chances are you’ve already seen this new girl group perform. [firstpara] If not, well, they’ve been soaking in some TV airtime recently with their song, "Working Girls"—the theme song for the movie remake with the same title. If you’re still not familiar, well, we hope that the rock you’re sleeping under is cozy.
What can’t be denied is that Eurasia just might be the sexiest local girl group in the scene right now. “Local” though, might not be the best term to describe the girl group.
Eurasia is composed mostly of half-Filipina beauties. There's Lana Roi, the half-German half-Pinay babe, Kelly Ann Gamboa, the half-Brit, half-Filipina beauty; Filipina-Italian Sara Polverini, Japanese-Pinay Kristine Nieto, and FHM Babe Gail Nicolas, as the only 100% Filipina.
Half-Filipinas are a special kind of sexy, really, so if we're talking about sheer charm and sex appeal, Eurasia hits all the right notes. They’re eye-candy we’d gladly take, over any girl group from Korea.
But the thing is, girl groups can’t survive on looks alone. First, the good things. Eurasia’s self-titled debut album is well-produced. Unlike most other local girl groups, their music doesn’t come off sounding cheap. In fact, on a technical level, this is something that’s on par with international pop releases.
What the album lacks is a certain sense of personality. Much of the album relies on beats, synths, melodies, and lyrics that have been played out before.
Because Eurasia relies largely on the rules of pop and mainstream radio, what they are offering is something that we have already heard somewhere before. You can hear some Pussycat Dolls in there, some Lady Gaga, some Justin Timberlake, a little bit of Westside R&B, some Timbaland, but not a lot of Eurasia.
On lead single that's also the album opener, "Working Girl," beat and vocal manipulation are hard to deny. For the discerning listener, that song will clue him in on what to expect for the duration of the 13-track record: familiar melodies that bank on production, playful teasing from the girls, and not much else.
Initially—until say the third track "Kaya Mo Ba Yan"—such production could impress club-goers and well, men listeners. It then becomes tired and your head may begin to throb.
There is no edge, and for a girl group trying to carve its place into an already crowded scene, that’s not exactly a good thing. But this is pop music and the girls, they aren't exactly known for their musical abilities, now are they? To subject Eurasia and their record to the usual cutthroat review would simply be unfair.
WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES