All posts tagged: mandopop

Music: March 2, A (Mini) NewRelease Haul

多遠都要在一起 – 鄧紫棋 G.E.M. G.E.M. is maturing in sound, and expanding in her audience reach after her super successful stint on 我是歌手. As a mando listener, this song does its strong mandopop melody/lyric vibe extremely well, and is a solid addition to mainstream chinese music. Her solid vocal performance will give this track a strong permanence in karaoke and Top 10s for a while. 燕歸巢 – 張靚穎 & 張杰 Classical chinese influence is my weakness, musically and lyrically. These two can sing, together they are absolutely divine, and the impeccable precision of 许嵩’s lyrics makes my heart teary every time I listen to this song. 山水间歌声回荡 回荡思念的滚烫 去年的家书两行 读来又热了眼眶 Checkmate – Jung Yong Hwa & 林俊傑 JJ Lin Jung Yong Hwa has always been on my to-watch list, even though I am not a KPOP listener. This collaboration is beautiful, both because it’s catchy and epic enough for a collaboration between these two singers, but also because its an actual bilingual track that is cohesive. The world needs more of these. What other new releases do …

Music: Jay Chou  周杰倫 - 哎呦,不錯哦

Man, talk about a throwback-future album. Jay Chou’s last five albums (since 牛仔很忙 – On the Run) have been varied in their style, experimentation and general feeling. Although every album almost always delivers one classic Jay, and one classical Chinese-inspired track, overall, fans who have been following him since his early days noted a strong departure from the consistent overall vibes of the earlier (pre 2007) albums. With this album, however, I almost feel like he had to make the last five albums in order to get to this particular one. You can hear all the experiments of the last seven years melded back into his original sounds and the result is a variety of 12 different tracks with a cohesive and familiar vibe. Notably, 方文山 penned the lyrics for over half the songs in this album. Track 12 聽見下雨的聲音 is also a cover of the 主題曲 for 方文山’s movie of the same name that was released in 2013. The lyrics are half a level up from the mandopop generics, but the melody keeps it …

Music: Khalil Fong 方大同 危險世界

Khalil Fong is one of those artists you expect to deliver. His wide range of musical influence, ability to experiment and mash up those influences into innovative tracks and albums in the CPOP industry is such a breath of fresh air. This album came out very early this year, sometime in March, and features 16, three of which are interlude tracks. On first listen I was not drawn to many of the tracks, most interesting to me was 小方, a fun autobiographical rap that pays homage to his journey as a musician and his support over the years. Recently I have been re-listening to the album and found much more in it than I remembered, notably, 桃花運 is lyrical perfection. The live version featured is a beautiful cover of his original track, which uses autotune to create interesting effects for the otherwise very classically chinese lyrics. 作詞:小廣 作曲:方大同 春意等誰濃 青山等誰染紅 結束蕭瑟秋夢 一年開一重 有情人 才會懂 冬雪等誰融 舊枝等誰新種 流年在流動 花色千萬種 等一片 女兒紅 誰為誰心動 桃花笑春風 誰為誰心痛忘不了映山紅 我自作我夢 誰在花叢中 我猜不懂 誰為誰心痛 桃花送春風 誰為誰心動掀開一簾幽夢 回首花叢中 情滅又情濃 我想不懂 我不須懂 Other tracks …

Music: 春天裡, 汪峰

  For perspective 词曲:汪峰 编曲:贾轶楠 还记得许多年前的春天 那时的我还没剪去长发 没有信用卡没有她 没有24小时热水的家 可当初的我是那么快乐 虽然只有一把破木吉他 在街上,在桥下 在田野中 唱着那无人问津的歌谣 如果有一天 我老无所依 请把我留在 在那时光里 如果有一天 我悄然离去 请把我埋在 这春天里 还记得那些寂寞的春天 那时的我还没冒起胡须 没有情人节 没有礼物 没有我那可爱的小公主 可我觉得一切没那么糟 虽然我只有对爱的幻想 在清晨 在夜晚 在风中 唱着那无人问津的歌谣 也许有一天 我老无所依 请把我留在 在那时光里 如果有一天 我悄然离去 请把我埋在 在这春天里 春天里 — All hail, the one and only 汪峰。