RAINIE YANG 楊丞琳 is finally back with her new album! After the wonderfulness that was her last album, I am really excited to hear this one! Her efforts in this album have been applauded by many singer songwriters such as TANYA CHUA 蔡健雅, JJ LIN 林俊杰, and WU QING FENG 吳青峯. Also, she has been praised by MAYDAY 五月天 for her transformation. I also hear that she has learnt new singing styles to suit this album. Hmmm... should you check it out? Yes you should.
Returning with her new album, we see a new Rainie, totally different from before. Looking back at all her old songs and videos, it truly has been a journey of maturity for her. Although the road of musical recognition and success may have been rocky , she's made it in the end! From the first song to the last I was enthralled, enchanted and left wanting more.
KHALIL FONG 方大同 is definitely on track with this album, adhering to his vision of returning to the soul and blues genres that he touched on previously in his "Wonderland" album, this time with a more electronic twist. Completely enjoyable in every aspect, I can see why he was nominated for the Golden Melody Awards on this album. A lot of funk and groove, hard work and passion went into this album, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
After looking through a few of the lyrics for S.H.E’s latest album, I find that it really is an extremely well put together album. The concept is beautiful, understated but amazing and is a kind of transition for them into womanhood, and I really love how they’ve moved past all the sad love songs that other artists well into their thirties are still cranking out and giving out a very warm and comforting message to their fans and listeners worldwide. They offer something very different to other singers of their generation; JOLIN TSAI 蔡依林 with her catchy dance songs and impressive moves, WANG LEE HOM 王力宏 with his noble pursuit of changing the world and taking Chinese music to a whole new level, or JAY CHOU 周杰伦 whose appeal for me lies purely in the catchiness of his songs. No, not S.H.E. For me, their appeal, especially in this album, lies in the comfort their songs bring to listeners. Immediately when you start listening to this album, you’re transported to a world where all your worries are left behind as they teach you about the simple pleasures of life. This is S.H.E; the most famous BFFs in the Chinese music industry who go back to the basics for their most recent album "花又开好了 Flowery"; their appeal so enticing but yet subtle that it becomes obvious why these singing sisters are so popular.
Now, the name of this album is "单细胞 Simple Love", and totally and utterly reflects every single song in this album. YEN J 嚴爵 cleverly provides us with a fusion of pop, rap , RnB and his beloved jazz to create a simple atmosphere, which I find ridiculously amazing. It was actually only after an interview that he explained the concept of the interview and i understood the name of the album. Come on, Simple Love could mean anything, right? But before understanding the name of the album and having expectations on what atmosphere it would take on, I could already clearly feel an atmosphere of pure simplicity, which shows how skilled he is as a producer and songwriter.
Many albums have similarities in terms of a whole concept that applies throughout, like a theme such as love or romance. Others have a certain genre, such as rock or RnB. However, with WILLIAM WEI 韋禮安, I classify his latest album by a unique riff on the guitar which he uses throughout the album. In the folksy <月球 Moon>, where the lyrics and his use of minimalistic backing creates an atmosphere of singularity, as if I were standing on the moon myself. This riff is also exhibited in other tracks such as <心碎心醉 Heart Drunk Heart Break> where it is used in more of a bossa nova manner, to bring instead a refreshing tone to the song. The lyrics written by Wei go really well with the chorus, especially at the "心醉心碎...＂ which sounds to me just like the pulsating of a heart, throbbing with love or heartbreak. Wei, as a songwriter who primarily uses his guitar uses it a lot more within this album, which I see as a level up from his last album, more of a discovery of himself and what he wants as a musician. The genre set is also a little different from his debut album, a little less enthusiastic and a little more reflective and calm.