I know it doesn't look like much, but Christine Welch's debut album is actually one of my most anticipated albums of the year, especially because of my favourite producer Skot Suyama's extensive input on the album! And I was definitely not let down by what I heard on this album. Every single song was produced by Skot, with most of them written by him and Christine! Considering that this is an album borne completely from a passion for sharing music with the world, to me, this is truly an album full of a million possibilities. By how this album sounds and her many skills, Christine's future also seems to be paved with a million possibilities! Composing her own songs, writing her own lyrics in a language that isn't her mother tongue, singing in Chinese and handling the release of this album all by herself (she isn't signed to a record company so released it independently) is a feat in itself, so I really think she's done a stand-up job overall! Having impressed one of the best producers in the Taiwanese music industry enough for him to write an entire album with her; Christine isn't just any aspiring singer-songwriter!
01 爱, 这件事情 This Thing Called Love
02 再一步 One More Step more step
03 情时多雨 Rains When Emotions Are High
04 December Rain
05 绝 Absolutely
06 爱, 这件事情 (Acoustic Version) This Thing Called Love (Acoustic Version)
Maggie Fu’s return to the music scene after thirteen long years was definitely one pulled off with great promise. With the help of a couple of good friends and the bravery to ask for the help of some very talented composers and lyricists, she put together her 6-song EP <爱, 这件事情 This Thing Called Love>. Each and every song on the album was well arranged and produced with the help of the likes of Skot Suyama, Christine Welch, Penny Dai, Vincent Fang and many other greats within the Taiwanese music industry, but I’m afraid that in the midst of such grand collaborations, Maggie’s real voice and personal touch in her music was a little lost this time around.
01. Everything Changes (Andrew, Bii, Dino, Ian)
02. Grow (Bii, Dino)
03. Find the Way (Bii)
04. Revolution (Ian)
05. Song about Love (Dino)
Firstly, I really think it was an ingenious idea of Eagle Music to team up two of their popular artists (Bii and Andrew) with two of their new artists (Dino and Ian) in order to help raise awareness and publicity for each of their upcoming albums by associating them intimately with Bii and Andrew for extended periods of time. That was a really innovative and creative way of getting the attention of fans, and it certainly paid off! As for the album itself, don’t be expecting too much because after all, it is just a platform from which Ian and Dino are introduced into the music scene, rather than a hard-hitting album with a real concept.
After a long break from the music scene, Peggy Hsu is finally back with her latest album <La Valse>, a whimsical and enchanting take on the Waltz, both on the dance and the musical genre. It's a conceptual masterpiece; with each and every song written in the 3/4 time which is signature of the Waltz musical genre. Like the variety of dances that the waltz embodies, from the scandinavian waltz to the Valse Musette, Hsu's album defies the expectations of listeners by presenting a diverse selection of styles in the 3/4 time signature, from ballads to soft rock, lullaby-like tunes to chanson-inspired pieces. But staying true to herself, Hsu seamlessly weaves her own signature disney-like magic throughout the whole album, adding her own personal touch of whimsy, childlike wonder and bittersweet nostalgia to each song within the album. This album is Hsu's own interpretation of the Waltz; a dance that expresses to her and to her audience that pure and simple desire that we've all had since we were just children-to be free to dance, to sing, and to explore the world.But Hsu shows that growing up isn't all fun and games, with a moral behind the whole story, cleverly and intricately placed at points throughout the album-we all have to grow up sometime and face reality. Time will always continue moving forward, as we all know too well, but whenever it feels like reality's too much to handle, Peggy's album will always be a safe haven you can turn to.
To me, Freya Lin's always had a unique musical style of her own that is quite different from other singers, due partly to her uniquely sweet and feminine yet resonant vocals. But it is also due to her music always holding a sort of darkness and grunge that opposes her clear vocals, creating an interesting combination like yin and yang, complimenting each other deliciously well. This album contains a selection of works, some tinged with the sweetness of love, but the majority of the works are rock-influenced, to of course reflect on her concept of time being a concept which brings pain and sadness with its' forthcoming.